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Octopus News: School Lunch in Japan, Yammy?

Many kids in Taiwan don’t like their school lunch. In our capital Taipei alone, there are on average up to 10 tonnes of leftovers every day. However, in our neighboring country Japan, with their more than 100 years of school meal history, what can we learn from them? Two of our child reporters from “Octopus News” went to Tokyo, Japan, eating school lunch in three grade schools and watching how they make their meals. We showed the audience everything about school lunch from the children’s point of view. They asked questions about what they’d like to know and shared with us how they felt about school lunch. We’ve made four episodes on the Japanese school lunch, and this is the first one. In order to improve our own school lunch, we made this trip to Japan, which led us to think more about the relationships of the grownups and children, and of the human and their meals.

  • Chen Kuan Yu
  • Aries Huang
  • Aries Huang
  • Project Type:
    Short, Television
  • Runtime:
    29 minutes 10 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 30, 2016
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  • Language:
    Chinese, Other
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Director Biography - Chen Kuan Yu

Director Chen has ten-year experience in film editing, including movies, commercials, TV series, and previews. In the recent years, he has been absorbed in directing documentaries.

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Most of us don’t eat our lunch at home. The graders’ school lunch is more important. It’s about the nutrition, and it might help create picky eaters. Before we went to Japan, we visited several grade schools in Taiwan to realize that they usually have many leftovers. Thus, we began to wonder if there’s anything wrong with our school lunch after having provided it for forty years. In Japan, they have a long history of providing school meals. Maybe we can learn something from them by getting to know how they make their school meals.