Before you eat a food, do you say something in your culture?
We say, ''Itadakimasu!''
Some people fold their hands like Budda besides saying that.(I don't do that)
Itadakimasu means the polite expression of "Itadaku''(Japanese learner may know
masu is polite expression in Japanese)
And "Itadaku"is polite expression of ''eat''. This expression sounds modesty.
We say Itadakimasu with thanks.
I am not sure for whom we give the thanks before we eat.
If the person is not Christian, he or she would not say that to God.
Actually, there are many Buddist in japan. But we don't give the thanks to Budda.
We just say that as tradition.
Some of people may give the thanks for farmers.(This sense may be individual in Japan)
Some of people may give the thanks for ancestors.
Maybe it depends on the education of each family.
In my case, I just follow the tradition.
And in your culture, do you say anything after you eat something?
It means like, "the dishes are good". This phrase sounds polite.
And people say this to give the thanks to the cookers.
I am working at Japanese restaurant. Customers also say this phrase to the
waiters. Customers say this to give the thanks for all people at the restaurant.
So, when you do to Japanese restaurant, how about you say these phrase?
Thanks for reading. Please give me any advices.