Nov 30, 2017

Japan’s impressive school lunches

Our eldest child has been attending preschool here for a couple of months now, and one of the standout things I noticed as a parent was just how impressive Japan’s school lunch system is. We get a menu of the lunches served in advance - here’s what’s on for December!

Japan’s impressive school lunches photo

Japan’s school lunches are often touted as a model for other countries to follow, and you can see why! Grilled salmon, pork and tofu, miso soup, pickled veggies - all full of healthy goodness! I am interested to know how the natto component works with the kids though...gotta start them on it young, I’m guessing!



After spending the last several years in the beating heart of Tokyo, I will be spending the next three in the countryside of Japan. I adore this country and all it has to offer - and I'm always learning more and more about life here as I go along!


  • edthethe

    on Nov 30

    your school gives the menu in english? im surprised! maybe ill do a post about how the lunch menu is presented for my girls in elementary school. its the same as the menu for the middle school i worked

  • genkidesu

    on Nov 30

    @edthethe yes! it’s awesome actually, because we live nearby to an international university (where my husband is studying) there are a lot of foreigners from all over where the parents don’t speak Japanese. It’s super helpful! Please post yours too! I love glimpses into life here in Japan!