| Q1: I wonder if it is
easy to eat vegetarian way in Japan.
I'm a vegetarian and I'd like to go to Japan some time.
I wonder if it is easy to eat vegetarian way there. Could
you give me any help about that?
Japan might be a paradise for so-called "fish vegetarians."
Even if you eschew any meat and fish, you can still enjoy
a variety of vegetarian foods at Indian or Italian restaurants
in Japan. Speaking of authentic Japanese foods, it would be
a little tricky to judge whether it is okay for you. However,
especially in big cities like Tokyo, you can find many natural
or macrobiotic restaurants that serve vegetarian/vegan foods
if not all the foods are not vegetarian/vegan. Kyoto is a
great place for vegetarians as I wrote in my diary. I had
to say you would miss many authentic Japanese dishes if you
don't eat fish but I am pretty sure you can survive in Japan
and enjoy your travel. Japan Vegetarian Society's site has
some vegetarian restaurant information. Please check my former
articles about how to eat at Japanese restaurants vegan way
on my web site too.
|Q2: Is it easy to order
in English in Japanese restaurants?
|Is it easy to order in English in Japanese
restaurants? If not, what's the best way to order something
Unfortunately, Japanese people don't understand English well
but it depends on persons, of course. We learn English at least
three years at school so are supposed to understand English
more or less. However, living in Japan means we don't have many
opportunities to use English. Therefore people don't get accustomed
to communicate in English. Some are too shy to respond to foreigners
if they can speak English. Speaking slowly and clearly will
help to communicate in English in Japan, I guess. Also, the
word "vegetarian" is almost understood, even if people often
don't have the idea what exactly it is. The advantage of ordering
in Japanese restaurants is that the menus generally have the
pictures of the meals. You can guess which is which by those
pictures and just point out the one you want when you order.