info for vegetarians
| March, 2001 |
Tokyo Vegetarian-friendly
Restaurant Guide
Diary - Living in Tokyo
as a Semi-Vegan
Recommended Readings
Written in Japanese
Articles about Vegetarianism
written by Hiroko Kato
Online Vegetarian/Vegan Handouts
Shopping Guide
Good News & Good News
Links for Vegetarians
August: Healthy vegan snack, vegan peach cobbler, stray cats, and so on.
September: Vegan pizza and brownie as well as experiences at several vegan restaurants.
October: New soymilk product and vegan ramen noodle, and so on.
November: Stories about the meeting with Japan Vegetarian Society chairpersons, vegan wedding meal, and experiences in Kyoto and Vietnam.
December: Attended Japan Vegetarian Society's meeting, delicious vegetarian food in YOKOHAMA China town, wasting time and money on staling foods, and trip to Penang.
January: Experimenting some vegan breakfast recipes, receiving an e-mal from the reader, pondering bug's life, and so on
February: Tried a macrobiotic restaurant in Tokyo, and the trip to Laos.
March: Struggling to get a vegan flihgt meals at Malaysian Airline.
April: Having vegan wedding plates again, business trip to Cambodia and Vietnam, and busy days.
May: Nayonnaise discovery and some food disasters.
June: Life is going on.
February: Attended a meeting on refugee issues in Japan held by Amnesty International Japan
March: Fresh soy milk and fasionable fake leather sneakers, etc.
April A conversation with my husband over a TV show and "Meatarians vs. vegetarians."
May A trip to the U.S. for research. Had an opportunity to attend a fantastic vegan wedding of my friend's.
July A thought on eating whale meat.


A friend of mine gave me a souvenir from her travel to Italy. It was a hand-made, cute magnet, shaping pizza on a kitchen board. The problem is the toppings include meat. It is a kind of weird to see that meaty pizza is on the fridge with "MEAT FREE ZONE" magnet.

Boy, I'm going to have a business trip again. I made a call to Malaysia Airline to request my special meal. The lady who answered the phone told me there were three choices, Asian, Indian, and Western. Last time, I had Western vegan meal that couldn't satisfy my appetite so I told her I liked Asian or Indian. As of her explanation, the difference between two types is so subtle and I decided to have Asian this time. Then she said that I would be okay with eggs and dairy since I am not a religious vegetarian. Well, actually I am okay with those things but also would like to avoid them as much as possible. I said NO to her. I should have told her there are a lot of vegans in the world who don't want eggs and dairy for ethical, health, or any other reasons. And she should have known I could be a religious vegetarian. Yes, I could be if I want!

On the flight from Singapore to Tokyo, I had my special meal, Asian vegetarian. When I requested my meal on the phone, the lady of Malaysia Airline told me that it was vegan, but on the plate I got, there was yogurt. I asked the flight attendant if it was exactly my meal and the answer was yes. I said that I ordered "no dairy" but he insisted it was so. "But yogurut is dairy!" I couldn't stop firing to him. He answered, "It is natural yogurut, so it is not dairy." I gave up to conceive him because I was too tired to do so. Anyway, I am a semi-vegan and I can have dairy. Then why did I feel I should protest to him? Sometimes being the middle ground makes the situation more complicated.

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