School Food in Japan
One of the most bewildering thing that caught me by surprise and left me dumbfounded in a good way about studying abroad in Japan (or at least at Kansai Gaidai) is the school lunch. Those of you who grew up going school in the US will know that school lunch is generally a joke, unhealthy and sometimes just downright inedible. You can imagine my reaction after having a few lunches here at the school's cafeteria.
During lunch hours (12-2), students mingle and have lunches just about anywhere they want. There are plenty of tables but some just enjoy chilling outside instead. Although lines are long during peak hour (they go out the door), the staff here are really efficient and I usually wait no longer than 5 minutes to get my food.
There are three dining halls on campus, one Micky D, one Seattle's Best Coffee, and one convenience store. Don't like any of those? Walk outside the main gate of campus and there are restaurants and 7-11. No trouble finding food at all here.
I don't know if it is just Kansai Gaidai or if other university or even public schools offer such variety on the menu, but it took me awhile to fathom that this was school food xD.
Quite weird to say that school lunch is delicious ^^; But it's true! It's certainly not the best food in Japan but given the category it is in, the variety (I can try something new everyday for the whole semester and still not go through the whole menu), it's relatively low cost (everything here is less than 400 yen) and where I came from, my mind was blown away.