School Lunch in Japan - It's Not Just About Eating!

Get inspired to see how Japanese students operate their lunch period! You can see why "lunch period" is placed as a learning period in Japanese schools. Directed, edited and filmed by Atsuko Satake Quirk, Cafeteria Culture's media director. Visit to see how we bring in this Japanese style student-led operation into US school cafeterias on sorting their waste!

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Author Apex Predator ( ago)
Meanwhile in the USA... school children are fed 3-month old, government issued, food-flavored rations and cheap chocolate milk

Author Jason Smith ( ago)
the diligence shown in a Japanese elementary school shows how civil, a civilized society ought to act; but with arrogance, you will hear the criticism grow...and, the unhappiness spread. no wonder few leave Japan, to come over seas...and, they don't allow 'refugees' Islamism here.

Author Imyun Azril ( ago)
if it was in my country, parents will be angry if their kids gotta do the cleaning duty for the school. hahhahaha

Author AzertyQwerty ( ago)
They say: "kids in new york Will see this" I live in Belgium😂

Author Tokyogirl83 ( ago)

Author Mis Ms ( ago)
teaching molarity, discipline, manners are the part of the education curriculum in Japan

Author Tanduay 5 years ( ago)
during our elementary and highschool days the school will just let us out of school and don't care where the fck we want to eat... just get back before 1pm or you'll be locked out of the school gate lol

Author Anime Oreo ( ago)
These days schools don't even make food. It's premade for them

Author Adventures Every were ( ago)
people in Japan do love their food how I wish that was in the U.S cuz our food is crap in lunch

Author newromantic999 ( ago)
Why are they dressed as surgeons.

Author Jaiai Quasi ( ago)
Omg I lowkey want to send my child there, the culture is eye opening

Author hamza bassam ( ago)
this is some next level education bruh

Author Excellion Super ( ago)
When I was a child I went to school by bicycle

Author Dawn Morris ( ago)
Culture makes a difference a lot of Japanese in my country as business people They never show such

Author ILikeBooks GT ( ago)
Bald man saitama

Author Inder Lodhiyal ( ago)
very nice mature children nd good facilities salute to Japan from India

Author ريم القايدي ( ago)
Thanks for uploading this video.. amazing job they are doing 💕 hope this manner tough every were ..

Author anti mikey ( ago)
they look like they have fun at there school

Author Ferylin Magno ( ago)

Author Utara Bayu Samudra ( ago)
This is public health! awesome!!

Author Cindy Liu ( ago)
I'm proud to say I watched enough anime to understand every word without ths subs 😂 ahhh can't wait to visit this beautiful country

Author Inspirit ( ago)
What happens if one of them can't finish their food or doesn't want to eat one item?

Author Les douceurs de Houda ( ago)
i wanna cry

Author KING VARGAS ( ago)
better than my school

Author hasukkai ( ago)
Don't tell anyone that this teacher uses spoon because he doesn't want to clean his chopsticks

Author FaZe run ( ago)
yui with all do respect,you look ugly

Author Mahina FN ( ago)
so interesting. this will help with my Japanese assignment.

Author Alyssa Balentine ( ago)
why can't my school be like japan's 😢😢😢😂😂

Author Dolls 'N' Stuff ( ago)
all i have to do is get my lunch bag and have lunch btw im from england

Author haggiz85 ( ago)
Not only people from New York viewed the video, Sweden Gothenburg too :-)

Author Galaxy girl ( ago)
I have always been fascinated by their culture they are really amazing and friendly people who are highly mannered.
I have gone to Japan and that trip was mesmerising.

Author Matthew Guthrie ( ago)
btw does anyone else drink tea but is American

Author Matthew Guthrie ( ago)
this is why I sometimes hate living in murica

Author BlackPink in your circumference ( ago)
is it just me or does the girl in the beginning 0:39 look like Jennie from black pink

Author taco bell ( ago)
ok I get it, Japan is better at being weird.

Author Trevetrev Balboa ( ago)
Fucking hell m8, our american lunch food is utter shit, I have to eat a carboard pizza, while you have a gourmet dish for 2nd graders... and in our american school, we never helped the staff. im JEALOUS.

Author Carlyxoxlol ( ago)
I feel like a disgrace to my family after seeing this 😂

Author Kristin Gallo ( ago)
Oh look children being taught appreciation and manners!!! I'm moving to Japan.

Author Cheryl Lin ( ago)
Very impressive. Grateful, respectful, disciplined and clean.

Author Michela Pastuchová ( ago)
i love this everyone should be taught this! 😊 in France everyone is so fucking ungrateful for the food thay have and they throw like half of it away

Author Daniela Bashe ( ago)
I love how respectful and thankful they are😍

Author nilla880 ( ago)
this is how ALL schools should operate

Author Bob Dunkien ( ago)
4:30 goku XD

Author Diana Rose Gesta ( ago) kawaiii..:))))..someday when I go to japan I want to teach students like them..I love this video..<3

Author ヒーハー P ( ago)

Author NikeQurratu Msp ( ago)
singapore is a small country.We cannot afford a big school.But our schools are pratically better but i have to wake up at like 5:20 and i reach school at 6:20

Author 涼宮七海qwqHaitong ( ago)

Author Mrs. F.V. PETERS ( ago)
damn Americans have alot to learn from the Japanese

Author May R ( ago)
This is totally different from American schools. in America most schools allow kids to bring their own lunch, some do not. there is normally a cafeteria if you want to buy food. And the kids either eat in a cafeteria or let them eat anywhere outside the school. ❤

Author Sam W ( ago)
This is certainly the positive side of Japanese education but like all matters, there are negative sides too. For example, 1) Bullying in secondary school and work place is an acceptable norm. In fact Japan is one of the highest teenage suicidal countries in the world. 2) Japanese are racist in nature. Japanese perceive themselves as ultra superior over all others, esp. towards Asian. Children of immigrants who have been born and brought up in Japan always fail to integrate into society. This also explains why Japanese soldiers severely tortured local people (incl. infants) when they invaded the countries during WW2. 3) Their understanding of sex is very different. Japan has the highest rate of sexless marriage in the world. Japanese do not see pedophilia as shame/crime, hence their comics always have naked image of young school girls. 4) Ultra high stress level living and working in Japan. In summary, it can be great if my young kids can receive the elementary education in Japan but certainly no further.

Author The crystal lamp in the BS&T MV Tsang ( ago)
I am at the middle of the video only, I thought I was a good student but now I don't.

Author Rafi Rafi ( ago)

Author Mai Lan Vuong ( ago)
i just love how there's a Vegeta table cloth

Author Ian Z ( ago)

Author cybertail ( ago)
It's amazing. Absolutely none of the food was wasted or thrown away. Pick any public school in America and too much of whatever is served goes directly to the trashcan. Such waste.

Author C Z ( ago)
This is REAL civilization. That's why it seems so strange to us.

Author type moon ( ago)
the only thing that's wrong with them is their rate of reproduction. There's also the death from overworking thing and weird anime subculture. Okay, they're not perfect.

Author Katie Price ( ago)
do the kids not even get to go out and play and get some fresh air before classes start again?! atleast let them out for 10 mins to run around outside xD

Author kanegon1185 ( ago)
給食って楽しいですよね^ - ^

Author AyungZaraki ( ago)
wow....something else

Author Jullianna and Connor Productions ( ago)
Meanwhile in America.....

Author oscar perez ( ago)
doing too much.

👍 hi im fr indonesia. nice vidio

Author Castielle Misha Lei ( ago)
I cry. Their school is so clean, from the students down to their kitchen. And i cry again, their class teacher is so cute lmao haha

Author D-GENERAL MC ( ago)
How did this get 14M views?!

Author Elaine Scherazade ( ago)
I love Japanese primary and junior and high schools. So lively and fun. Most of hem are not.

Author SmurfC. Tech, Gaming, and More! ( ago)
And then at my school we legit have the same company who makes food for prison making our food.

Author Angela Lu ( ago)
wow, our school would never do that. If we did it in America I think that is just weird

Author Eatmethree ( ago)
Meanwhile school in Australia we do none of these but fuk all

Author hugo li ( ago)
it is too complex ,poor kids! this is why I dont like Japan,too mant rules.

Author denise Anastacio ( ago)
o Brasil precisa fazer isso nas escolas, o Japão está de parabéns, ensinando na práticas os valores que a sociedade precisa

Author Nereus ( ago)
thy basically ate nothing at the end...

Author Nereus ( ago)
lol after wearing on their sterile suite they start manufacturing tablets with their little hands ahah

Author Joaquín Plumin ( ago)
Una maravilla! Que educación! Que pueblo maravilloso realmente.

Author Wiener Fritzl ( ago)
Allahu Snackbar everyone!

Author i think im a chocolate but im not quite sure? ( ago)
I live in Malaysia and we always have to stand, bow and greet the teacher once at the beginning of the class and at the end of the class once 😊 I guess it's an Asian thing

Author Warrior Queen ( ago)
I love this!!!

Author Yenawa ( ago)
Woah. American schools suck. We were taught to shut up, eat your food and leave. In my school, it's that way. We barely even have time to eat. They call tables so slowly and we are usually 2nd to last to be called up for lunch, and I have 5 minutes to eat. Their milk and food taste so fake as well. The milk especially. These kids here, were taught to thank the people who made their lunch, students helped their classmates get the food they would eat, they didn't fight or steal each other's food or milk, but did a game to see who'd get the extras fairly, and even RECYCLED the milk cartons.
And what do American schools do? We were told to shut up, get in line, go get your food, sit back down, still shut up and eat. And throw away your food after, not recycling milk cartons at all, plus you can't get extras at all either. The kids at my school treat the staff and teachers so horribly. They don't realize that those teachers are what help them in the future, unless of course that teacher is just plain out bad.

Author Kawaii Girl ( ago)
I'm so disappointed with North American schools compared to Japanese schools. Being thankful, manners cleaning up, man we should be learning from this

Author Skele_GhostGamer567 ( ago)
Wow this looks a lot different then my school lunch!!
Mostly because it's packaged and there is a fridge labeled "freeze to serve tomorrow" no lie.

Author maybebrainless, notheartless ( ago)
this is how u teach culture. im proud of japan

Author David L ( ago)
That's why I love Japan !!!

Author Phát Đào Duy ( ago)
Child labor

Author blackbirdx7777 ( ago)
Is this Japan or North Korea? Collectivist nightmare

Author love japan ( ago)
I wish Americans can do this

Author Aaron Valenzuela ( ago)
this is so much more high maintenance-ed than in america.... Also hahahaha weebing out here but the music thats played at 5:50 in the background is the Tchaikovsky duet that Nagi and Kousei played in the anime Shigatsu wa kimi no uso lololol

Author Jeannette Mbaye ( ago)

Author Ellie Crabtree ( ago)
American schools should be like this.

Author amber ashton ( ago)
I'm from the uk and we don't have to do half of the things they do we don't even respect the teachers to be honest.

Author mrsniper12333 ( ago)
Wow japenese people man in grade 3-6 i just did breakdancing aka b-boy

Author Harry Htet ( ago)
i am from Finland

Author Jay ( ago)
japan easily has a way better schooling system than america

Author 1323GamerTV ( ago)
Man, FoxConn really stepped up their game

Author NIGHTCORE GURL ( ago)
I cant believe in Japan they need to do these stuffs while we just go out the hall get our lunch and eat with or without washing our hands or brush our teeth or saying thank u for the teachers we just randomly get dismissed and start fqing out and we dont even clean at lunch

Author Bangbabangbabangbang ( ago)
Japan is like an alternate universe

Author unknown N ( ago)
it's like a predefault programing that's why they can do this . it's like I am seeing robots.

Author Most Epic ( ago)
i thought japanese school is very boring, seems to be not

Author TONGAI EDWARD Zhou ( ago)
Impressive way to teach children to be responsible

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