||Healthy vegan snack, vegan peach cobbler, stray
cats, and so on.
||Vegan pizza and brownie as well as experiences
at several vegan restaurants.
||New soymilk product and vegan ramen noodle,
and so on.
||Stories about the meeting with Japan Vegetarian
Society chairpersons, vegan wedding meal, and experiences in
Kyoto and Vietnam.
||Attended Japan Vegetarian Society's meeting,
delicious vegetarian food in YOKOHAMA China town, wasting time
and money on staling foods, and trip to Penang.
||Experimenting some vegan breakfast recipes, receiving
an e-mal from the reader, pondering bug's life, and so on
|| Tried a macrobiotic restaurant in Tokyo, and
the trip to Laos.
||Struggling to get a vegan flihgt meals at Malaysian
|| Having vegan wedding plates again, business
trip to Cambodia and Vietnam, and busy days.
|| Nayonnaise discovery and some food disasters.
||Life is going on.
|| Attended a meeting on refugee issues in Japan
held by Amnesty International Japan
||Fresh soy milk and fasionable fake leather sneakers,
||A conversation with my husband over a TV show
and "Meatarians vs. vegetarians."
||A trip to the U.S. for research. Had an opportunity
to attend a fantastic vegan wedding of my friend's.
||A thought on eating whale meat.
| October 6, 2000
In Japan, convenience stores are much more popular than
in US. You'll see a couple of various chains even in one block.
Because of harsh competition, Japanese convenience stores
are so severe to select the items they sell.
Nevertheless soymilk has been survived this competition, supported
by health conscious consumers. You expect, however, only plain
type, one brand. One day, I had found banana taste soymilk
at one of convenience stores in my neighborhood, but a week
later I couldn't see that. I guess I was the only one who
bought that product.
Two weeks ago, I found another new soymilk, Earl Grey taste,
at next door convenience store. I bought one and really liked
that. Yesterday, I checked the shelf, hoping they still keep
Earl Grey soymilk, and this time could see it was there. Wonderful!
Though I also miss banana soymilk that tasted good as Earl
|October 10, 2000
| Father of my friend's husband died of cancer
one month ago. On the phone, she complained to me that her husband's
sister who is enthusiastic about folklore medicine strongly
suggested not to take any food derived from animals because
they were harmful to the disease. Following his favorite daughter's
advice, the patient didn't take meat, fish, eggs, and dairy
but a lot of soymilk after every meals mainly consistent of
carbohydrates like watery rice porridge. He became weak because
of the luck of essential nutrition and dead suddenly. In Japan,
unfortunately, that kind of unscientific approach to vegetarian/vegan
diet is quite influential and people easily believe the misunderstandings
without gathering reliable information. Too sad. I wish only
if he could have advised a dietitian who's familiar with vegan
|October 11, 2000
| Usually people get embarrassed more or less when
I tell them I am a vegetarian. The guy I met today, however,
was different. He said, "Oh, vegetarian! I agree with you that
you don't want to eat meat." Then he continued: "In Vietnam,
I saw pigs were eating feces!" Well, I should mention that he
ate pork at the dinner table without showing any concerns.
|October 19, 2000
| Great news! I found vegan ramen noodle in the
small health food store near by my place. It looked that a macrobiotic
company made the products. With the sheer joy, I bought two,
soy sauce and miso flavor. The soup was fine but the noodle
needed something but I can say it was okay enough. As a ramen
noodle lover, I am so satisfied that I finally get vegan ramen
noodle in Japan. The problem is it costs, 160 yen, as same as
$1.8, per a package. Probably I should ask Nisshin to sell their
Oriental brand also in Japan, even if it's more "junky" than
macrobiotic vegan ramen!
|October 25, 2000
| Made Hummus and Guacamole. These are my favorite
vegan foods I learned in US. Good thing is they are really nutritious
too. Hummus is fine here because I can make sandwich with it.
Sometimes I foam it round and fry in olive oil. But Guacamole
has some problem. I may be able to make Tomato-Guacamole sandwich
but now is not the season of the vegetable. I wish if I could
get Tacos much easier so that I never waste my Guacamole!