(entry from 2 Aug 2012, Thurs)
I picked up a pamphlet today at the Board of Education office called 食育ガイド (Eating/diet guide). Inside, I found an interesting variation on the food pyramid:
Just looking at the pictures, do you notice anything different? Haha.
Besides the fact that the food pyramid has become a spinning top, a lot of the food on there is pretty specifically Japanese. It makes perfect sense that another country might have its own (different) food pyramid, but it’s not really something you think about. What I found the most interesting, though, is not the differences in food but the differences in emphases on servings. The Japanese food pyramid has fruits at the narrow end next to dairy–my friend says this is because people see fruits as desserts. (My first thought was that fruit is really expensive in Japan and so it just got pushed down to the narrow end, haha.) You can see the original food pyramid here.
Another thing my friend mentioned is that even though water is put at the top, she doesn’t see Japanese people here drinking a large amount of water or even tea here. When you go to a restaurant, the cups are really small, and we don’t see anyone getting refills, whereas we have refill a lot. Today at a teachers’ meeting, though, I saw that a few people had thermoses, so I think that people probably drink a lot more tea and water than you see at meals–which I guess is also obvious, but it doesn’t explain away the mystery of how people get by without drinking much water at dinner :o