April 24, 2006

School Days: The Lunch Mat

Elementary students have hot lunch at school. Parents pay a fee for it each year. The food is wheeled to the classrooms on carts, and the children eat at their desks. Before school starts, a cloth mat is made or bought to put on the desk under the lunch tray. The mat is about 30 x 45 cm. It is folded and carried in a drawstring bag that is hooked to a strap on the randoseru or public elementary school bag. Students usually use the same mat every year unless the design gets too young for them. This one is looking pretty old and worn. Snoopy is cool for all ages, isn't he?

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