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Dietary restrictions and Food Allergy in Japan

Posted: Thu Jun 30, 2016 6:13 pm
by Benji Sun
Here's a collection of informational links for people with various dietary restrictions, be it for health related issues, ethical or religious restrictions. some links may be in multiple categories but for simplicity sake, it’ll be listed based on it’s main topic. and as for pescetarians, you’re in luck, since most of Japan’s cuisine (with a big exception on ramen), are pescetarian (vegetarian diet + fish/seafood). And unlike Chinese desserts, rarely do traditional Japanese desserts use lard or any other animal fat/gelatin in their production, even with a name like Yokan(羊羹: sheep stew), those gelatinous sweets are made with seaweed based agar-agar, thanks to Japan being an island nation.

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East Asian Buddhist Vegetarianism (Zhai, aka Oriental Vegetarian Diet) (中国の仏教の禁葷食 or 東洋ベジタリアン)

- Additional information as most non-Chinese are not familiar with this. this is a lacto-ovo vegetarian diet(some orthodox monks even skip dairy and eggs), with some exceptions. alcohol is restricted, although cooking wine/sake/mirin is sometimes tolerated. Also restricted are certain aromatic vegetables in the Allium family (葷): chives, leeks, garlic, onions, shallots, and scallions are the main ones. while most herbs including parsley and coriander are ok. this differs from other Buddhist countries with less or different restrictions. in Japan, the most common Buddhist Vegetarian is called Shojin Ryori, but usually these are prepared by monks and are like kaiseki, gorgeous but extremely expensive.

http://www.kyotoguide.com/ver2/thismonth/vege10.html

https://nihonnozasshi.wordpress.com/201 ... i-delight/

http://eng.shukubo.net/vegetarian-cooking.html

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid ... &source=47

This last one is a great print out for Buddhist Vegetarians and lists the Gokon restricted vegetables and that bonito flakes are a no-no.

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Muslim Halal (ハラール)

http://www.halalmedia.jp/archives/1293/ ... d-asakusa/ (thanks Mazita Husain)

http://www.muslim-guide.jp/restaurant/ (thanks Akemi Nakayama)

https://www.tsunagujapan.com/14-recomme ... -in-osaka/ (thanks Allan Brewster)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/473320006144600/ (thanks Nurzetty Khairi)

https://www.tsunagujapan.com/must-try-h ... okyo-area/

https://www.facebook.com/EnjoyTohokuFood (thanks Allan Brewster)

https://www.zabihah.com/reg/0hQQG0Wfmt (thanks Vivien Cheong)

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Jewish Kosher (コシェル)

http://www.kosherdelight.com/Japan_Kosh ... ents.shtml (thanks Allan Brewster)

http://www.kosherjapan.com/

http://www.koshertokyo.jp/jewish-restaurants.html

http://www.jccjapan.or.jp/kosher-food.html

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Hindu Vegetarian & Jain Vegetarian (ヒンドゥー教のベジタリアン & ジャイナ教のベジタリアン)

- i’m not sure about this one, as far as i know it’s a lacto-vegetarian diet, but i don’t know if there are other restrictions.

- Japan wiki has this to say about Hindu Vegetarianism :乳製品は可。また宗派や階層、地域や家庭などによって純菜食から肉食可まで様々な段階の戒律を持つ。

- Japan wiki has this to say about Jain Vegetarianism : 卵を一切とらないだけでなく、植物を殺すことになる野菜(大根、芋、葱など)を食べない。ただし乳製品は可。

http://japanvegan.blogspot.hk/2013/11/i ... tokyo.html

http://www.jainfoodie.com/jain-food-restrictions/

http://www.eok.jp/restaurants-bars/group/chain/swagat

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Vegan (ビーガン)

http://isitveganjapan.com/

https://bonvoyagevegan.wordpress.com/ca ... -hokkaido/

http://japanvegan.blogspot.com/

http://justhungry.com/japan-survival-guide-vegans

https://www.facebook.com/groups/921078624678581/ (thanks ‎Allan Brewster‎)

https://www.vegeproject.org/en/

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Gluten-free (グルテンフリー)

http://www.tokyofamilies.net/2015/10/an ... out-sugar/ (thanks Andrea Miyata)

http://glutenfreeinjapan.com/

http://choice-hs.net/

http://glutenfree.flier.jp/life/cafeand ... i-394.html

http://www.kobayashiseimen.jp/ (thanks Andrea Miyata)

http://glutenfree-restaurant.com/ (thanks Andrea Miyata)

https://www.facebook.com/cafe.littlebird (thanks Nurzetty Khairi)

http://www.celiactravel.com/cards/japanese/

(longer version with mentions of soy sauce usage)

http://www.celiactravel.com/cards/japanese2/

https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A% ... =zAQGRTeJ7 (thanks Jasmine Haylock)

http://en.rocketnews24.com/2016/06/01/g ... en-museum/

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Diabetic (糖尿病)

https://runningwithoutsugar.wordpress.c ... -in-japan/

http://www.jdrf.ca/blog/living-in-japan-with-diabetes/

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Paleo Diet (パレオダイエット)

http://munchkin-foods.com/home/top10-paleo-restaurants/ (thanks Nurzetty Khairi)

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Miscellanous (multiple parameters, seventh day adventists, or general vegetarianism)

http://www.veg-travel.com/

http://www.happycow.net/asia/japan/

http://www.deepjapan.org/a/3939

http://www.insidekyoto.com/kyotos-best- ... estaurants

http://www.jpvs.org/

http://www.adventist.jp/charch-activity ... %E5%93%81/

Some restaurant choices in Shibuya for vegetarians. https://www.tsunagujapan.com/8-restaura ... n-options/


i think that’s about it for now. feel free to make suggestions to this list, including categories i may have missed.

Re: Dietary restrictions and Food Allergy in Japan

Posted: Sun Nov 20, 2016 1:37 pm
by Benji Sun
if there's genuine interest on a card like this, we might consider helping make some basic ones similar to this for other groups.

this is not made by us, this is from celiactravel.com
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found some simple ones on http://justhungry.com/
http://justhungry.com/japan-dining-out-cards

Re: Dietary restrictions and Food Allergy in Japan

Posted: Wed Jun 21, 2017 6:14 pm
by Vivien Cheong
The Essential Gluten-free Guide to Japan by legalnomads

http://www.legalnomads.com/gluten-free/japan