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Today’s school lunch: spring veggies and pork curry with rice, and tangerines and jelly with yogurt. 

I’ve confirmed that since they’ve combined lunch centers, we’re all mostly having the same school lunch menus;  just on different days. I miss the good ol’ days when each area had a different local menu. The school conselor said he had kara’age twice this week. Another teacher complained he had bibimbap twice too. I’ll gladly trade my two bread days for two days of fried chicken!

Today’s school lunch: spring veggies and pork curry with rice, and tangerines and jelly with yogurt.

I’ve confirmed that since they’ve combined lunch centers, we’re all mostly having the same school lunch menus; just on different days. I miss the good ol’ days when each area had a different local menu. The school conselor said he had kara’age twice this week. Another teacher complained he had bibimbap twice too. I’ll gladly trade my two bread days for two days of fried chicken!

Today’s school lunch: red bean rice, kara’age, blanched bok choy with sesame dressing, and slimy seaweed miso soup.

Today’s school lunch: red bean rice, kara’age, blanched bok choy with sesame dressing, and slimy seaweed miso soup.

Déjà vu…. The EXACT menu I had last Friday at my ES — bread, pork and bean stew, and lotus root mayo salad. Someone has a cruel sense of humor.
Does that mean that my following Tuesday’s lunches will be repeats of the previous Fridays?!!

Déjà vu…. The EXACT menu I had last Friday at my ES — bread, pork and bean stew, and lotus root mayo salad. Someone has a cruel sense of humor.

Does that mean that my following Tuesday’s lunches will be repeats of the previous Fridays?!!

Today’s school lunch: bread, pork and bean stew, and lotus root tuna salad. 

I had such a rude awakening when I saw my lunch today. Today was supposed to be bibimbap!!! I was looking forward to it!!! This elementary school is still on the old crappy menu. Nooo!! Tuesdays are my bread days at JHS. But on this school’s menu, it’s on Fridays. That means I will have TWO bread days this semester!! Damn you Yin and Yang. To balance my week of good lunch, you give me two bread days!! That means every Friday at this school will suck!!! They think that two sides of pickles equates to a side of protein.

Today’s school lunch: bread, pork and bean stew, and lotus root tuna salad.

I had such a rude awakening when I saw my lunch today. Today was supposed to be bibimbap!!! I was looking forward to it!!! This elementary school is still on the old crappy menu. Nooo!! Tuesdays are my bread days at JHS. But on this school’s menu, it’s on Fridays. That means I will have TWO bread days this semester!! Damn you Yin and Yang. To balance my week of good lunch, you give me two bread days!! That means every Friday at this school will suck!!! They think that two sides of pickles equates to a side of protein.

Today’s amazing school lunch: rice, broiled mackerel with soy ginger sauce, kinpira (julienned burdock simmered with soy sauce and sugar), and nameko mushroom miso soup. 

Wow. This is definitely NOT the same lunch menu as two years ago. I guess they had enough complaints. Even the other teachers were saying “It’s been so long since I said that lunch was delicious.” Lol. The kinpira was sweet and savory. The mackerel was perfect. Skin was crispy while the flesh was moist and flakey. So many flavors (sweet, salty, savory), I’m overwhelmed. No pickles!!!!! I fantasize about days like this.

Today’s amazing school lunch: rice, broiled mackerel with soy ginger sauce, kinpira (julienned burdock simmered with soy sauce and sugar), and nameko mushroom miso soup.

Wow. This is definitely NOT the same lunch menu as two years ago. I guess they had enough complaints. Even the other teachers were saying “It’s been so long since I said that lunch was delicious.” Lol. The kinpira was sweet and savory. The mackerel was perfect. Skin was crispy while the flesh was moist and flakey. So many flavors (sweet, salty, savory), I’m overwhelmed. No pickles!!!!! I fantasize about days like this.

Today’s school lunch: beef bowl, pumpkin croquette, and tofu skin with pickled cucumbers.
The beef was drowning in soup. So I spent a few minutes draining it before I poured it on my rice. The pumpkin croquette was sweet, creamy, and yummy!

Today’s school lunch: beef bowl, pumpkin croquette, and tofu skin with pickled cucumbers.

The beef was drowning in soup. So I spent a few minutes draining it before I poured it on my rice. The pumpkin croquette was sweet, creamy, and yummy!

Today’s school lunch: bread, a hamburger patty, potato salad, and vermicelli soup. 

A bun and hamburger patty? The obvious next step is make a hamburger. Maybe I’m just very American because while I was eating my hamburger, the other teachers were eating their bread and patty separately.

Today’s school lunch: bread, a hamburger patty, potato salad, and vermicelli soup.

A bun and hamburger patty? The obvious next step is make a hamburger. Maybe I’m just very American because while I was eating my hamburger, the other teachers were eating their bread and patty separately.

Today’s school lunch: rice, fried potstickers, “Chinese” tofu stew-thingie, and bean sprout namul.

Today’s school lunch: rice, fried potstickers, “Chinese” tofu stew-thingie, and bean sprout namul.

Today’s school lunch: rice, baby anchovies with a sweet ginger soy marinade, burdock and fish cake stew, and dango (mochi rice cakes). 

The rice here is good. At my last school, it was on the soggy side.

Today’s school lunch: rice, baby anchovies with a sweet ginger soy marinade, burdock and fish cake stew, and dango (mochi rice cakes).

The rice here is good. At my last school, it was on the soggy side.

Today’s school lunch: beef hayashi (hashed) rice, pickled cucumbers with glass noodles, and an orange slice.

Today’s school lunch: beef hayashi (hashed) rice, pickled cucumbers with glass noodles, and an orange slice.

I've wanted to be part of the JET Programme since I first heard of it in high school. It's been a long road but I finally got selected. I never blogged before. But I want to use this as my digital journal to record my experiences, feelings, thoughts and challenges. I hope, through my postings, others will learn more about Japan and the JET Programme along with me.

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