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Gochisō (ご馳走 – Feast)

  • Gochisō


    I have not been eating gochisō lately.

    The go (ご) in gochisō is a polite prefix, and chisō (馳走) means delicious cuisine, feast, or serving someone a meal.

    Since chi (馳) means to run or ride a horse and (走) means to run, originally chisō meant to run or ride a horse to prepare a meal for visitors.

    Later, the meaning changed to just serve/treat someone, or delicious cuisine.

    Incidentally, gochiōsama, a greeting after eating, was made by adding the honorific word sama (さま), and it has been used since the Edo period.

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