Lunch Break


I’m an English teacher, also known as an ALT, in Japan. I’ve been doing this job since the spring of 2010. As an English teacher at the elementary level, I am required to eat the same mandatory school lunch as the children in order to set a good example for them. And, I’ve eaten a lot of school lunches since. They are all at once the best and the worst of Japanese food. Each lunch costs around 235 yen or in the neighborhood of $2.50 USD. Most photographs are taken with an Android smartphone.

All that time spent eating Japanese “cafeteria food” makes me miss the flavors of home that Japan just can’t provide. As such, this blog will regularly feature recipes of American favorites modified to the Japanese kitchen. And, helpful lists for expats as well as interesting food finds around Tokyo and Saitama.

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4 thoughts on “About

  1. I reckon the Tokyo/Chiba/Saitama area can provide a lot of the food you long for, just with a local touch…planning to do a series on the Japanese take on American food (lunch) anytime? Regardless, I dig your food-focus!

  2. Laurie on said:

    My daughter, who is half Japanese, is doing a herritage project at school. Would you be willing to answer some of her questions about school in Japan? Her father attended school in Japan until 3rd grade. It would be interesting to see how it has changed.
    :0) Laurie

  3. Eline H. on said:

    Dear madam,

    I am a student at the University of Antwerp (Belgium – Europe) in Economics (Major Cultural Management) and for my thesis I decided to write a marketingplan for a new Belgian fashion brand. This fashion brand wants to use Belgium as a test market and is planning to explore the Asian market (especially Japan) in the future. Therefore I’m doing a market survey in both countries (Belgium and Japan).

    This survey is relevant because I want to compare the results of both markets (the Belgian and the Japanese market), to test the fashion label’s potential and to verify whether this fashion brand has potential in the Japanese market or not. Therefore I am questioning the perception of the target group (women).

    Because of the fact that I am from Europe and do not know anyone in Japan, I am trying to reach as many as possible Japanese (or living in Japan) respondents (women) through this channel.

    Therefore I would like to ask you if there is a possibility to help me reach Japanese respondents (or people who live there). The questionaire takes less than 10 minutes of your time and because of the fact that I also wanted to make it easy to participate in my survey, I translated the English version of my questionnaire into a Japanese version. So my market survey (questionnaire) is available in three languages: Japanese, English and Dutch.

    I look forward to hearing from you

    Yours sincerely
    Eline Horemans

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