After finishing a good meal at someone’s home it is polite to say: Gochisou sama deshita! (ごちそうさまでした) Basically this is like saying, “Thank you for the nice meal.”; however, there are other uses:
- at a restaurant it is polite to thank the staff who made the meal
- at a large restaurant, where we can’t see the kitchen staff, we thank the owner, manager, or register clerk who is within earshot
- when someone treats at a restaurant, we thank them instead of (in addition to?) the staff
- after an acquaintance shares a particularly good story
The latest one intrigued me. I have heard it in response to stories about love, romance, and relationship. It seems that many people crave a good love story and give it the same position as finishing a good meal. I will try to provide people around me with satisfaction by creating as much love as possible.