Itadakimasu (Now, I get your soul)
In Japan, it is common practice for everyone to say "itadakimasu" for each meal. Without saying that, we can't start eating.
The direct translation would be: "Now, I get your soul". It's a very short version of prayer before meals. We recognize "soul" for each food.
I was explained that it's because of Buddhism, but I don't see such a practice in China, Thailand, or India.