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Kyushoku: The Making of a Japanese School Lunch
Kyushoku: The Making of a Japanese School Lunch
Kyushoku: The Making of a Japanese School Lunch

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The YouTube channel Life Where I’m From started in 2015. The channel was created by Canadian Greg Lam, who currently lives in Tokyo, Japan with his Japanese wife and equally Japanese and Canadian children. Life Where I’m From gives interesting and educational insight into the everyday, special events and uniquely Japanese aspects of life in Japan. The hope is through sharing these videos, what someone once thought was weird or strange can be viewed as normal, fascinating, or exciting. The channel is called Life Where I'm From because the plan was to show what life is like around the world. So far I've been failing at that, but I hope to remedy it in the future. For more videos, you can check out the X (extra) channel at We now have a Patreon page to help fund the making of mini-documentaries

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Ever since 1954, kyushoku (school lunch) has been an official part of the Japanese school curriculum. Over the years, the laws and menu items have changed, from adding the role of a nutritionist to including rice. Get an inside look into how the Japanese school lunch is made and what food education looks like in one of Japan's public elementary schools.

I have two English versions. The regular "English" only translates the Japanese portions. The "English UK" subtitles have captions for the entire video. If you don't know how to change your subtitle settings, check out

Special thanks to Umejima Elementary School in Adachi-ku, Tokyo, that let me film over two days. You can see their school lunch menu at

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Watch the Q+A video I did about Kyushoku at

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