If you’ve ever dined in Japan or watched characters sit down for a meal in Japanese cinema, you may have encountered the phrase “itadakimasu” at some point. It is traditional for Japanese diners to make this declaration together before starting a shared meal, similar to saying grace or “bon appetite”. Roughly translated, the word means “I humbly receive this food with appreciation”.
The tradition of reciting “itadakimasu” at the beginning of a meal goes back to Buddhist teachings, which served to shape much of Japan’s culture. According to the Buddhists, one must show respect for all living things. The Japanese will therefore declare “itadakimasu” to show their respect to the chef who cooked the food, the host who provided it, the farmer, fisher, or hunter who produced the food, and even the plants and animals that went into its creation.
At I Love Sushi in Seattle, we provide quality Japanese-inspired dishes crafted by skilled chefs. Come and experience a taste that will make you want to say “itadakimasu” today!