Tokyo's vegan food scene blooms
When I moved to Japan in the early 2000s, I had been a vegetarian for five years, but I quickly realized that it was going to be much more difficult to keep up than I had originally envisioned. Prior to coming to Japan, I had also lived in South America, Africa and Europe, and I never found being a vegetarian in any of those places to be particularly challenging. But between the language barrier and a lack of understanding of vegetarianism, Japan was an entirely different story. It didn't take long for me to return to eating seafood and white meat, mostly out of sheer necessity.