(sashimi) (raw chicken...no its not a joke (=_=’) ”if you cant see salmonella, then it is NOT REAL!”
(Basashi, raw horse... better than it looks or sounds, but not something you would want to ”eat your fill” of.)
(Fried sweet eggs with onions and horseradish.)
So... The other day a user emails me and says that ” I found your site while searching for info about vegetarians in japan” and goes on to ask me how I feel about being a vegetarian in Japan. Now I am actually quite a ”meat-lover” so I’m not really sure why my blog would show up during a search like that.
But it is a fair enough question, so I thought I would share my answer with everyone.
As a vegetarian in contemporary Japan you might find that daily life can be quite difficult if you only eat out. You can of course prepare your own food and adjust accordingly. But vegetables and especially fruit is very expensive in Japan. ¥¥¥¥¥ So it is all about knowing where to do your shopping and at what time.
Many shops do ”time sales” before closing shop to sell the last vegetables though, and its quite easy to get fairly cheap vegetables this way. This of course holds true for people who like some green ”stuff” with their meat too.
(Expensive restaurant in Kyoto near Kiyomizu temple, that specializes in food only made from tofu. The water was h2o, but aside from that everything else was tofu. This restaurant used to cater to the monks at the Kiyomizu.)
In the old japan it was quite normal to not eat meat because of buddhism, and the main source of nourishment was from rice, tofu, and beans. But today most dishes in japan are with beef, pork, chicken or fish of some form. *drool* (All you can eat Sukiyaki @ momo paradise)
When eating out, most vegetarians I know eat at one of the many Indian restaurants in japan. This is because they obviously have the longest tradition of buddhism and properly the largest population of vegetarians. (qualified guess) and in Japan they seem to have the best selection of vegetarian dishes. And they are usually very affordable. Some thai restaurants also have a small selection though ☺
I recommend this site: http://vegetokyo.com/