What is the meaning of itadakimasu and ittekimasu?

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No exact translation. Loosely translated to "I shall Take" or "I shall Receive"

Polite society: Used in Japanese society, this phrase is chanted, usually before a meal (like grace) to say "Thank you for the meal". But this is not a passing thank you, it is more detailed than that. This thank you extends to the host, the cook, the person who bought the food, the people that grew, harvested or hunted the food, as well as to the plants and animals who gave their lives for the meal.

This is one of those niceties that make the Japanese culture quite unique.
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