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Lunch here in northern Japan is very different from what I remember of my grade school lunches at Fernwood Elementary in Portland, Oregon in the 1970s.

I joined local school children for English time and lunch July 16 and 17, one week before summer vacation started.  We had something fishy on Thursday and cold noodles on Friday.

Here are five of the many ways lunch at Seien Elementary School is different from Fernwood.  How does your own grade school lunch experience compare?

Many years have passed since I was at Fernwood Elementary.  Since then the name has changed three times and is now Beverly Cleary School, named after its most famous alumna.  Perhaps many things about lunch there have changed, too.

What were you eating for lunch when you were in the 5th and 6th grades?  Please leave your comments to share the when, where and what of your school lunch memories.

 

Elementary school lunch in Sapporo, July 2009.
Elementary school lunch in Sapporo, July 2009.

Students bring a favorite handkerchief from home for a place mat. 

Students bring a favorite handkerchief from home for a place mat.

Students eat in their classrooms with members of their han group.

Students eat in their classrooms with members of their "han" group.

After lunch students take their class's lunch cart to the cleaning  area down the hall.

 After lunch students take their class's lunch cart to the cleaning area down the hall.

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