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Japanese dinner rituals include more than just enjoying your food - showing silent gratitude for your meal is of utmost importance. Gratitude runs deeper than just saying "thanks". A long moment is taken to consider the entire causal chain of events that led to your meal. Such a moment is expressed through a single word: itadakimasu. This expression of gratitude means you appreciate every single thing and person that engaged with your food.