From fresh seafood to the bowls of delicious ramen on every corner, it goes without saying that eating is a big highlight for tourists visiting Japan. But for vegans and vegetarians wishing to visit Japan, things are a little more difficult cuisine-wise.
Eat Your Kimchi dive deep into the issue of being a vegan and vegetarian in Japan on their podcast this week, and the bottom line is that avoiding meat in dishes is incredibly difficult.
Despite articles advising tourists what dishes don't have meat, most are misleading. From vegetarian tempura to okonomiyaki, dishes that claim to be vegetarian friendly aren't 100% accurate due to hidden traces of fish and meat in the oil and batter used.
Simon postulates that while not eating meat in countries like North America is understandable due to the poor treatment of cattle, cows and animals are treated with very well in Japan hence why there's not a prevalent repulsion towards eating meat and why veganism and vegetarianism isn't really a big thing.
So for those vegans and vegetarians wishing to visit Japan, Simon and Martina advises all future tourists to really scrutinise ingredients lists and perhaps take some Japanese cooking classes in order to understand what goes into the cooking of Japanese food.
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