May 23rd, Wednesday:
- Furano Asparagus Curry Rice (Asparagus, Pork, Eggplant, Carrot, Onion)
- Acerola Gelee Milk Gelatin
- Net Grilled Hamburger Patty
The flavour of Furano asparagus is sweet and firm but tender. It’s deliciousness is born especially from the harsh weather of Furano.
At lunch, student usually push their individual desks together to form a group (han) of 4 to 6 students. These han are given a name and a decorated poster for each is hung in the classroom. The school chores rotation is also distributed up by han. It is also not unusual to do group work or form teams based on the han. The han change members when the seating chart changes, every couple of months. The atmosphere of each han depends on the group. Some will eat in complete silence, but more often the students will chat with each other, and play jankenpo at the end to decide who will clean up what dishes and so on. Less commonly, students will leave their desks facing forward and each individually eat lunch. Outgoing students will chat with their friends while quieter students will merely eat their lunch and go back surreptitiously reading their book (since they technically are not allowed to read during lunch). During my own middle school days, I fondly recall sitting outside under the sheltering branches of a faikus tree everyday to share my bento with my best friend, quite different from Japan and probably most places. Anyway, in older photographs of Japan I have seen (cf. my banner photo), the students sit facing forward and individually when eating. I wonder when eating in han developed as a custom in school.