Japanese people are usually not fond of spicy food. Japanese food is generally not the type that will make your taste buds jump up and down in excitement. I wouldn’t say its bland but its definitely different from the Caribbean, especifically Jamaica where the food is as exciting as the people and our culture.
Jerk chicken for lunch
With the help of a fellow teacher, we managed to get jerk chicken added as a special one-time meal at the school lunch centre on my island which serves 2 elementary schools and the junior high school. Jerk chicken is always a hit whenever we have a chance to do it – most recently we had a stall at a festival held late last year and so many orders kept coming in we ran out of chicken much faster than we anticipated. So although the school lunch only had a small piece of chicken I’d like to think that is a small part of Jamaica introduced by me and my teacher pal to these students that will hopefully blossom into an interest in learning about the world. Sharing these little snippets of Jamaica and seeing the genuine excitement from students really makes me happy to be part of this small community despite the challenges.
Lunchtime is important time
I choose to eat school lunch at my schools with my students daily. Some of my English-teaching colleagues in Japan are not a fan of the practice but I am fortunate to have school lunch that I can say I enjoy the vast majority of the time. I could make an entire post about the benefits of eating lunch with the kids you teach but the short version is that its good to take advantage of the time you get to spend with the students you teach OUTSIDE the classroom.
Kirk is a proud Jamaican who started Jamaipanese.com in February 2006 and now lives in rural Japan. He enjoys sharing his experiences learning about Japan, personal milestones in life as well as interests such as photography, gaming and travelling.