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Vegan Options Released in Japan Before Tokyo Olympics

Written by Alina Teodorescu

Just a recap of the new vegan options released this month in Japan (Tokyo)😃Did life here go FROM ‘Oh no! Nowhere I can eat!’ TO ‘damn, too many places, I’ve got to stop cooking and get out and try them’ ?? 🌱🌱 #thefutureisvegan

1)Royal host: Vege Curry
2)Coco Ichibaniya: Soy meat cutlet
3)Beck’s coffee: Vegetable curry
4)Family Mart: Veggie burger and rice bowl (Tokyo only)
5)Marusanai: Vegan protein drink
6)Starbucks: Oat milk and Almond milk options
7)Glico: plant based pudding
8)Tokyo Station plant based souvenir corner

Some include palm oil. It’s still not perfect but it’s a big step forward!

Myoko Forest Lodge – A Great Spot for Vegans

Written by Becky Scott 

 

Myoko Forest Lodge is in a great location, close to many ski resorts, hot springs and shrines, and approximately an 8 minute drive from Myokokogen station.

 

It offers comfortable modern Japanese décor rooms, some with an en-suite bathroom and others with a shared bathroom. Some rooms are shared rooms with bunk beds. There is also an ofuro bath which they will personally prepare in the evening if requested. It’s a private hot tub with showers inside – (like a mini onsen style) – a big square bath with a jet, with local Epsom aromatherapy salts in. There are two separate bathrooms, one with a bath for one person and the other for two people. 

 

Downstairs is a very comfortable and cosy living-relaxation space with a full bar, shared dining table, fireplace and cosy couches.

                                                                                                  

Breakfast is served from 7:00 – 9:00. Continental breakfast is included within the room price, or you can opt to have a cooked breakfast at an additional cost. Cooked breakfast was scrambled tofu on toast (local black rice bread) with avocado and seasonal vegetables.

 

The evening meal can be arranged at a time which suits you at an additional cost. There is a menu to choose from and this may change over time depending on what is locally available. Currently they offer a shiitake veggie burger, pasta, pizza and vegetable dishes. Also on offer were organic vegan wine and local beers.

 

The owners are from Australia and understand veganism very well. They are more than happy to adapt anything to suit the individual’s needs or allergies.

 

The lodge is scheduled to be open all year round (please check the website for updates.) Not only is it good for the winter season, it also makes a great place to visit during spring and summertime, with many outdoor activities in the area.

 

They provide a great amount of local tourist information and are happy to help you book and arrange tours, activities or lessons. Be sure to mention vegan food as a request upon booking.

 

Overall, staying here is a very relaxing and personable experience with great food.

 

  • Central location
  • Value for money
  • Personable experience
  • Home-cooked vegan food
  • English speaking and western friendly
  • Discount offered certain times of the year
  • Locally sourced fresh fruit, vegetables and bread

 

Direct website: https://myokoforestlodge.mydirectstay.com/

 

Instagram: @myoko_forest_lodge  #myoko_forest_lodge

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MyokoForestLodge/

 

AirKitchen Vegan Cooking Classes in Local Japanese Homes

AirKitchen is a Tokyo-based startup that offers vegan cooking classes in locals’ homes across Japan. The service is similar to Airbnb, enabling Japanese hosts to register their home-cooking classes that users can then book online. Being vegan should not detract from your experience of Japanese culture and cuisine, and you can learn how to make vegan ramen, sushi, shojin ryori, and more through airKitchen!

 

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No Japanese language ability is needed, as all hosts speak some degree of English. AirKitchen experiences go beyond just cooking, but also sharing an intimate cultural exchange experience with your Japanese host – if you’re not Japanese, of course. Plus, you’ll gain Japanese vegan cooking skills and knowledge to bring home with you!

 

 

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How to Book an airKitchen Cooking Class

  1. Browse class listings near you on the airKitchen website. You can filter for vegan and vegetarian classes, or use the search function to find veg-friendly classes.
  2. When you find a class you’re interested in, send a booking request to the host through the website.
  3. Once the host accepts your booking request, they will meet you at the train station closest to them or at their home on the reservation date.
  4. During the class, you’ll learn how to cook their specialty and then enjoy the meal together!

 

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▼Tokyo vegan cooking classes: https://airkitchen.me/list/tokyo/vegan.php

▼Osaka vegetarian cooking classes (many vegan-friendly): https://airkitchen.me/list/osaka/category/vegetarian/

▼Kyoto vegetarian cooking classes (many vegan-friendly): https://airkitchen.me/list/kyoto/category/vegetarian/

airKitchen website: https://airkitchen.me/

 

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Sofie, from Sweden, wrote about her airKitchen vegan omurice cooking class:

“Cooking with Naoki was very fun! We met up at the nearest station and walked for about 10 minutes to Naoki’s home, a traditional Japanese apartment, where we felt very welcome. Naoki is definitely a generous host. Naoki didn’t speak english and we knew next to no Japanese, but thanks to Akiko, who joined us, we were able to have a lot of fun cooking and have great conversations. We learned a lot of interesting things about vegan cooking and being vegan in Japan. It was fun comparing to how it is in our own country, Sweden. After cooking, some of Naoki’s friends joined us for dinner. All in all it was a very warm and fulfilling experience. Thank you very much!”

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I only ate vegan food from 7 Eleven in Japan for 24 hours

Popular Australian YouTuber Pretty Pastel Please (@prettypastelplease) makes a YouTube video, “I only ate vegan food from 7 Eleven in Japan for 24 hours” on request for her fans using http://www.isitveganjapan.com as a resource.

Check it out if you’re interested in honest reviews of vegan items you can get at 7-11.

Please note that every attempt is made to ensure that information on the website is correct but that convenience store products and ingredients change extremely quickly.

7-11 food from Japan for 24 hours Pretty Pastel Please

 

Foodie Adventure Japan Vegan Tours

Did you know that yes, you can participate in a vegan tour in Japan? Here are the details about tours for vegan food-lovers available in Tokyo by Foodie Adventure Japan:

Hello vegan foodies! My name is Jackie, and I am the vegan tour guide here in Tokyo for Foodie Adventure Japan. Foodie Adventure Japan was started by my good friend Gizem when she realized that people traveling to Japan may have some difficulty experiencing all Tokyo has to offer due to a variety of dietary needs such as gluten free, vegan, or halal. That’s when Gizem reached out to me, a long term vegan, to create a vegan tour that ensures you can travel here in Japan and experience all the wonderful food and culture—all while being vegan! I have a passion for showing the world that you can travel and dive deep into another country, and that you don’t have to compromise what you believe in to do it.  At Foodie Adventure Japan, we make sure every stop we take our guests to is a locally-owned business, in order to give back to the community and ensure these businesses that align with our values are being rewarded.

We have multiple vegan tour options, with more being added each month. Currently, you can pick from a Shibuya Vegan Tour or a Harajuku Vegan Ramen Tour.

Shibuya Tour:
On the Shibuya Vegan Tour, you will get to indulge in a traditional Japanese set meal of vegan fried chicken. Then we will head towards the famous Shibuya Crossing and make some small stops along the way to learn about some vegan snacks and infamous Japanese agriculture! We arrive at a look out over the crossing where you will witness the madness below, peacefully above the chaos. Lastly, we will head towards Harajuku and Omotesando. Along the way we will take some backstreets so you can experience the true side of Harajuku and will lead to the holy grail: the fluffiest vegan donuts around! The tour concludes in Harajuku, where you can go on to Yoyogi Park, Takeshita street, or easily catch the train.

Harajuku Tour:
The Vegan Ramen Tour begins at an ethical ramen stand, where all their ingredients are locally and ethically sourced. You will enjoy a unique take on the traditional ramen recipe, but we promise it’s one worth indulging in. Then we head down the famous Takeshita street and hopefully catch a glimpse of the Harajuku girls in between kawaii photo booth shoots. We will satisfy our sweet tooth on one of Harajuku’s popular treats before heading towards Shibuya, which will take us on the backside of Harajuku. We will pick up some delicious donuts along the way to the crossing, where we end at Hachiko Statue.

Our next tour that will be added this month is a vegan night tour, which includes okonomiyaki and drinks in the famous Shinjuku district.

Throughout the three hour walking tour I am always happy to pass on any and all tips or tricks I have found after living for three years as a vegan here in Japan. We also will make a stop on both of the tours in a convenience store, where I can show you some go-to vegan friendly snacks! At the end of the tour you will receive some helpful material which will hopefully make the rest of your trip in Japan a breeze!

You can sign up for the tours at https://foodiejapan.com/

 

Vegan and Halal Black Forest Cake Now Available in the Kanto Area

A new vegan and halal cake is available in the Kanto area. It can either be picked up at Ikebukuro station in Tokyo or Asaka Station on the Tobu Tojo Line in Saitama, or shipped to locations in Kanto.

The information is as follows:

“Vegan Black Forest Cake is Now Available in Japan
Good news for your sweet tooth! You can now order a vegan Black Forest Cake (BFC). It’s a perfect treat for the health conscious. Made in a family kitchen, only the most carefully selected ingredients are used. Unlike most other cakes that contain white sugar, our BFC is sweetened using beet sugar. And for flavor, vanilla bean seeds are used instead of vanilla essence or alcohol. So it’s totally alcohol free!!! When in season, fresh cherries are used. Otherwise we opt for high quality, non-colored canned cherries instead.

Our body is a trust from God, never take it for granted. So let’s take care of it in the best possible way by starting to eat healthy. Eat that which is not only taste good, but also good for our health.

Our Black Forest Cake measures 18cm in diameter, decorated with vegan soy whip cream and vegan dark chocolate.

For a limited time only, you can get your hands on this must have treat for *4000yen only, after tax and refrigerated shipping, to Tokyo and Saitama (500yen shipping for area other than mentioned). Pick up also available at Asaka and Ikebukuro station. It’s available only for the first 10 orders until July 31st 2019. So be sure to place your orders as soon as possible. It’s selling out quickly. Currently only 5 promo cakes are available as per this article is posted.

*Standard price after campaign promo is 6000yen inclusive of tax and refrigerated shipping across Kanto. 600yen discount available if picked up at Asaka or Ikebukuro station.

Orders can be placed via instagram Direct Message to @kikaramel , via e-mail to kikaramel(at)gmail(dot)com, or via message to Facebook Page ‘Kikaramelized’. Mention that you want the cake, then give details of expected delivery date and time, plus your address. You’ll get replied with the payment method** as soon as we got your order.
**JP Bank transfer, or PayPal (with extra 452yen fee)

Comments from customers:
The cake looked absolutely gorgeous! It was rich in flavors yet so light that I couldn’t resist another slice. As the size was rather big and it wasn’t overly sweet, I happily had the leftover in the following morning. -Kaori

It’s soooo good!! Since it’s vegan, no guilty feeling eating it no matter how much ^^ -Eka
I was initially skeptical about how good a vegan cake would match up to coventional ones, but my doubts were laid to rest the moment I tried it. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised afterwards and now have a new found craving. – Bibi

It’s sooooo good, like.. really!!! I’ve tried it, the cake was soft with light sweetness. Perfect for the sweet tooth on a diet. – Rizka”

As a vegan cake, it’s so good. Recommended. Not many vegan cake could taste as good as normal cake. I can’t really tell the difference with non-vegan cake. -Nisa

About the chef:
Kikaramel has an insatiable passion for cooking and she’s a self-taught chef-in her own kitchen ever since she came to Japan in 2013. She began embracing a vegan diet in late 2015. She used to teach vegan Indonesian cooking classes at Shoji Izumi kitchen and contributed a number of recipes in the ‘Vegan Recipe of the World’ cookbook by Shoji Izumi in 2016.”

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