Japanese Club’s bento lunches stay true to tradition

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Japanese Club’s bento lunches stay true to tradition

Tyler Lin

The Japanese Club was formed to unite the Japanese students of the school and to introduce Japanese culture to people who are interested in it. The club is a very tight-knit group of friends who eat lunch with each other every day inside the Student Union. One of their traditions is to bring a boxed lunch to school, known in Japan as bento. El Estoque interviewed five students in the club to explore their fascinating bento.

Junior Hidetoshi Yoshimura
FullSizeRender (11)El Estoque: Why do you bring bento to school?
Hidetoshi Yoshimura: Because it is a tradition in Japan.
EE: What is your favorite food and why?
HY: I like sweet Japanese-styled curry. I like it because it’s yummy and nutritious.
EE: What would you do if you forgot your bento at home?
HY: I will probably go back to my house or ask my parents to drop it off for me.

Sophomore Ginga Sato
FullSizeRender (9)El Estoque: Why do you bring bento to school?
Ginga Sato: First of all, I don’t have to line up in a big line. Also, [bento] is healthier.
EE: What is your favorite food and why?
GS: I like salmon with rice, because salmon is one of my favorite fish. I only get to eat it once or twice a month, so eating salmon for lunch is something special for me.
EE: What would you do if you forgot your bento at home?
GS: I will just probably not eat lunch. I have a free seventh period, so I will just have to endure one hour except for Wednesdays. If it’s just one hour, I won’t have the motivation to use up my lunch period waiting in line to buy food.

Sophomore Takumi Inoue
FullSizeRender (10) El Estoque: Why do you bring bento to school?
Takumi Inoue: I’m too lazy to wait in line and buy lunch.
EE: What is your favorite food and why?
TI: My favorite food is strawberry, because it is juicy. I also like sushi too.
EE: What would you do if you forgot your bento at home?
TI: My parents will drop it off for me.

Sophomore Taiki Iijima
FullSizeRender (12) El Estoque: Why do you bring bento to school?
Taiki Iijima: I don’t want to spend money.
EE: What is your favorite food and why?
TI: I like sushi because I am Japanese and I like Japanese food.
EE: What would you do if you forgot your bento at home?
TI: If I forget my bento, I wouldn’t eat school lunch but steal my friend’s food.

Junior Hayato Izumiya
FullSizeRender (13) El Estoque: Why do you bring bento to school?
Hayato Izumiya: Because it’s easier to eat and it’s faster [than buying lunch].
EE: What is your favorite food and why?
HI: My favorite food is hamburger because it has good taste and flavor.
EE: What would you do if you forgot your bento at home?
HI: I won’t eat school lunch, and I probably won’t eat anything.

NOTE:
A majority of answers are translated from Japanese to English. Most interviewees were more comfortable speaking Japanese.