Inspired by other JETs lunch posts, I’m uploading my own. I’m lucky to have the option to bring my own lunch and still eat with the kids at elementary school. At Junior High I have the kitchen to myself which is great because I get to read. Some of the teachers throw me a passing すごい when they see that I bring in my own cooking but I’ve been cooking my own meals for years. I usually keep it simple since I cook the morning of. Mostly it’s stir fried vegetables with olive oil and spices, some kind of fish and rice. Today was tuna with bok choy, sautéed chopped vegetables, and mixed rice (white,red, and black). I’ve been on a grapefruit kick so I threw that in my bag as well. I like having control over what I eat and I lucked out with lenient schools.
Lunch with the students is usually different each time. Sometimes we eat in silence, other times (when I’m with the little kids) I eat while joking with them and letting them hang on me. As fun as it can be, I’m glad I get lunch alone at the junior high. 30 minutes to read and eat at my own pace is a much needed break during the day. Teaching kids can be exhausting and then having to dive back into Japanese with coworkers is mentally draining. I need my fix of English and alone time.