It’s no secret that following a plant-based diet in Japan isn’t easy. Compared to the West Coast, with a vegan or trendy health food restaurant seemingly at every turn, Tokyo’s vegan options are few and far between.
During lunch, you may have witnessed a Japanese coworker eating out of a home-packed box. Or maybe during a stroll in the park, you noticed a salarymen sitting on a bench with a smartphone and a little wooden lunch box.
It can be difficult to be a Jewish person living in Japan. There is not a strong presence of other Jewish people or many community options here, and while I love Japanese food, many classics are pork-based, taking it off the menu for me.