Originally Posted by Koir
In Western society, there's only one pre-meal ritual I know that qualifies. It's entirely a religious ritual for those of the Christian faith. We thank God for bringing all the people at the table together to partake in fellowship, and ask that God bless the food to our body's use, ending in "amen". There isn't a end-meal ritual to my knowledge.
Koir! Thanks a lot!
So you start eating without saying "amen" or something, right?
As for Western peoples' reactions to "itadakimasu" and "gochisousamadeshita", I would say those who are dining with you would be very understanding. And who knows, you may end up influencing their dining habits to follow you
You mean I can say them in Japanese?
Hello, I may not understand English very well and I may lack words but I will try to understand you.
If you have questions about my post or Japanese customs, don't hesitate to ask.