Today's "Japanese Word of the Day" is Itadakimasu. This Japanese vocabulary word is a Japanese greeting used before eating food. This expression is used in appreciation for the food you are about to eat and to thank the person who cooked the food. Please listen to Yuki Sensei's pronouciation of itadakimasu. The Japanese word Gochisoosama Deshita is used at the end of a meal.
In Japan, rice is the staple food, although bread and noodles are also popular. Traditional meals prepared with cuisine such as tempura (deep-fried seafood and vegetables), sashimi (raw slices of fish), and nigirizushi (raw fish on bite-sized lumps of rice) are also very popular in Japan and with the Japanese.