|Kanji in this term|
- 戴きます (itadakimasu)
- The let's eat sense is used when said before starting a meal.
This usage and intent is vaguely similar to the custom among some English speakers to say grace before a meal, as a recognition of thankfulness for the food.
- At the end of a meal, Japanese speakers say ご馳走様でした (go-chisō-sama deshita, “it was a feast”).