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Tip for vegans & vegetarian in Japan 2020/2/19 11:41
Just wanted to send a quick tip to fellow vegans/vegetarians who are traveling to Japan. I live in Tokyo, and I definitely know the struggle of being vegan/vegetarian here. I obviously want to enjoy Japan's incredible food culture without having to worry about the inclusion of dashi or fish powder or other animal products, which can be a challenge.

But I participated in my first airKitchen (https://airkitchen.me/) class recently – airKitchen is basically Airbnb but for cooking classes in Japan for foreigners/travelers. You learn how to cook Japanese dishes from Japanese hosts in their homes, and there are a TON of veg-friendly cooking classes in Tokyo, Osaka, Kyotoc so not only do you learn how to make vegan sushi, ramen, bento, or whatever else youfre interested in, but you get this rare opportunity to visit a localfs home and share this intimate cultural exchange experience with your host! After cooking everything, you sit down and enjoy the meal with your host which was definitely a highlight.

I tried out the 'Shojin ryori for vegans and vegetarians with Tempura' class with Yoko-san and her family and it was amazing. (Shojin ryori is traditional Japanese temple food influenced by Zen Buddhism.) Wish I could add photos of the meal we made to this post.

Here are the vegan classes in Tokyo: https://airkitchen.me/list/tokyo/vegan.php
Vegetarian classes here: https://airkitchen.me/list/tokyo/vegetarian_special.php
This is the class I took! https://airkitchen.me/kitchen/134.php

Happy to answer any questions about my airKitchen experience and otherwise when it comes to vegan living here. Another favorite resource of mine is 'Is it vegan (Japan)?' – https://isitveganjapan.com/

And wanted to add a little disclaimer that I do work part-time for airKitchen here in Tokyo. However, I found airKitchen through a Japan Times article about veganism (https://www.japantimes.co.jp/life/2019/03/16/food/airkitchen-plus-new-...), which spurred me to reach out to them and join the team when I moved to Tokyo a few months ago. So while I do have an obvious connection to airKitchen, Ifm genuinely excited about what the service offers both travelers and hosts in terms of cultural exchange and culinary experience – especially for vegans/vegetarians like myself.
by meib33  

Re: Tip for vegans & vegetarian in Japan 2020/2/19 17:14
Have you checked out the happy cow website yet for restaurants??
by mfedley rate this post as useful

Re: Tip for vegans & vegetarian in Japan 2020/2/19 20:15
None of the classes I saw allowed kids.

There are vegetarians with vegetarian kids out there.

Though honestly if you can't find vegetarian or vegan in Tokyo or Kyoto you are not looking. I would love to see more out in more distant locations.
by rkold rate this post as useful

Re: Tip for vegans & vegetarian in Japan 2020/2/24 17:41
That's great, thank you for sharing.
by ninaholm rate this post as useful

Re: Tip for vegans & vegetarian in Japan 2020/2/25 11:56
@mfedley: Yes! I use Happy Cow quite a bit here. I also like Vegewel and VegeMap.

@rkold: There are definitely classes that allow kids. The one I took, for example: https://airkitchen.me/kitchen/134.php. The class description and/or reviews might shed insight into whether they are kid-friendly or not. Otherwise, you can ask the host before your booking is confirmed!

@ninaholm: Thank you! Hope you find it helpful.
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