Japanese Elementary School Perks

One of the cool things about teaching at a Japanese elementary school is that sometimes, after work, they prepare food. Granted, it’s not usually a four course meal or anything, but it is quite tasty. On one of the colder days last week (winter is rearing his frigid head) one of the teachers prepared a suiton soup. If you’re not familiar with suiton, the best way I can explain it is that it’s kind of like a dumpling made of flour. On a cold day like this one, a bowl of this hot soup, chock-full of vegetables, juicy meat, and suiton, really hit the spot.

One day this week, one of the staff members diced up some sweet potatoes, cooked them with milk salt and sugar. I wanted to eat ALL of them! I didn’t, but BOY were they good.

So one additional perk about being at a Japanese elementary school is that it’s a great way to learn about Japanese food culture. As I am a foreigner, the teachers always try their best to explain to me the foods that I’m eating. This helps me to build some cool relationships with the teachers and staff around me.