The Meaning of Itadakimasu

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Wagyu beef has gained a worldwide reputation due to its one-of-a-kind taste, texture, and appearance. It can be enjoyed in a variety of ways, whether that be as shabu shabu, beef tataki, sukiyaki, or simply pan-seared. Due to the extraordinarily rare characteristics of Wagyu beef, it is often given as a gift to enjoy with close friends or family. So how do you properly accept such a generous gesture?  

In proper Japanese etiquette, it is essential to perform Itadakimasu prior to enjoying a meal together. The word Itadakimasu itself, is used to accept physical items and means “I humbly receive”. However, when used to accept a meal,  it can be understood as the equivalent of “Thank you”. Performing Itadakimasu is done by placing one’s hands together, saying “Itadakimasu”, and bowing slightly. 

So the next time you sit down to enjoy our world-renowned, one-of-a-kind Wagyu beef, practice Itadakimasu!