info for vegetarians
| May 2002 |
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.

May, 2002
I visited the U.S. to do some research for my next book about American food culture. Since I had only 20 days this time, I wanted to try some new places such as Chicago, New Orleans, and Ithaca. Also I saw many of my friends in NYC and Baltimore (I attended a fantastic vegan wedding of my friends and will report the story in THE DAILY YOMIURI soon).

As you know, American food culture is not only about vegetarian. (Actually, rather meat-based.) So I needed to taste some non-vegetarian dishes but, at the same time, found how easy it was to choose vegetarian menu in many cities. Yes, New Orleans might be an exception but there was a Thai vegetarian restaurant close to my hotel, though I was too busy to go there, exploring Cajun/Creole plates.

Through the travel, I found that now I've been adjusted to vegetarian/vegan eating habit and meat/dairy things make my stomach as well as taste buds uncomfortable. Whenever I eat good (this is important!) vegetarian/vegan dishes, I got relaxed and charged with fresh energy. In the meantime, I'm glad that I was able to feel the essence of the unique culinary culture in New Orleans by accepting some non-vegetarian food. As a journalist, I want to broaden my horizons with such experiences. This is one of the reasons why I call myself "semi-vegan," instead of "vegetarian" or "vegan."

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