info for vegetarians

updated on April 20,2002
Here are some of the books we can find online or in book stores.
Tokyo Vegetarian-friendly
Restaurant Guide
Diary - Living in Tokyo
as a Semi-Vegan
Recommended Readings
Written in Japanese
Articles about Vegetarianism
written by Hiroko Kato
Online Vegetarian/Vegan Handouts
Shopping Guide
Good News & Good News
Links for Vegetarians
( ships books internationally)

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English titles are translated by Hiroko Kato so most of them are not the formal ones. If you need to know how to read Japanese titles, please send me a message via feedback page.

「ベジタリアンの健康学」蒲原聖可 丸善ライブラリー 760円
Becoming Healthy Vegetarian, Seika Kamohara, PhD., Maruzen Library, 1999, 760 yen

Becoming Healthy Vegetarian, Seika Kamohara, PhD., Maruzen Library, 1999, 760 yen In this book, the author, Dr. Kamohara, who studied in Rockfeller University, NY, covers from the reasons to be vegetarians to the advantages of vegetarian diets. The writing is slightly too professional, though, it is easy to understand the essential points. He also gives clear answers to the questions such as if vegetarians could take enough nutritions, what microbiotics is, and so on. ISBN:4621052845
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「ベジ・ダイニング」キャサリン・マクレーン&ジェラルド・マクレーン&藤本エドワード モーリス・カンパニー 3800円
Vege-dining, Kathryn J. McLane, RN and Gerald D. McLane, DrPh, MPH, FAPCA, and Edward Fujimoto, DrPh, MPH, Morris Company, 2002, 3,800 yen

The audiences of this book are supposed to be professional chefs but even novices of cooking world would appreciate it that the book shows lots of helpful information about vegetarian health. For example, the idea of USDA's Food Guide Pyramid is introduced and above all, Dr. Fujimoto suggests the way of Japanese style vegetarian diet. It is remarkable since most vegetarian books published in the U.S. can't satisfy those requests how much they were written well. Actually "Vege-dining" is based on McLanes' "Tastefully Vegan:Creative Vegetarian Cooking," but besides added nutritional information for Japanese vegetarians (or who want to try Japanese foods as vegetarians), there are several arrangements, such as the company list that offer vegetarian/vegan food here. You'll also find the recipes (all vegan) with full of variety from Western style to ethnic cooking are very useful to evolve your skills.
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「おいしい精進料理」 料理製作・石澤清美 大泉書店 1200円
Tasteful Zen Buddhist Vegetarian, cooked by Kiyomi Ishizawa, Ohizumi Shoten, 2000, 1,200 yen

This is the book for everyday recipes of Japanese-style vegetarian cooking. Most recipes are very simple including how to prepare Japanese vegetarian soup stock (DASHI) so that you can easily make many traditional Japanese dishes from miso soup to tasted steamed vegetables (NIMONO). It is fun to see Japanese festive dishes arranged vegetarian way as well. There is the Buddhist temple restaurant guide around Japan that you can enjoy vegan dishes. ISBN:4278037368
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Tasteful Zen Buddhist Vegetarian
「精進豆料理」『サライ』編集部編 小学館 1500円
Bean Book for Zen Buddhists, "SARAI" magazine, Shogakkan, 1997, 1,500 yen

KOEI HOSHINO, an Abbess at Sanko-in Temple and co-author of "Zen Vegetarian Cooking" (translated in English, Kodansha International), guides us to profound Zen Buddhist vegetarian cooking world, especially focusing beans. You'll be amazed how rich, colorful, satisfying beans can be just by seeing full-color pictures. It is also a great book for tofu lovers who seek for authentic way of cooking. Some of the recipes require time-consuming preparations but it is possible to find many helpful tips to eat beans/tofu products healthy, tastful way. ISBN:4093430667
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Bean Book for Zen Buddhists
「精進百撰」 水上勉 岩波書店 2000円
Zen Buddhist Vegetarin Recipes 100, Tsutomu Mizukami, Iwanami Shoten, 1997, 2,000 yen

Mr. Mizukami, a famous writer, shows simple, but energetic vegan recipes that he learned in his childhood staying a Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto. There are some vegan cooking books written by REAL Zen Buddhist monks but I strongly recommend this as the best. The main reason is his recipes look much more delicious than others'. That's probably because he could pick up very fresh vegetables from his fields in Nagano instead of supermarkets. Another powerful reason is he is recovered from heart attacks by this vegan diets. Mr. Mizukami is now in late 70s but he is still in good condition. This is also a good book for those who want to know about Japanese vegetables and way of cookings.
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Zen Buddhist Vegetarian Recipes
「マザーアース・キッチン」 鶴田静 柴田書店 2800円
Mother Earth Kitchen, Shizuka Tsuruta, Shibata Shoten, 1997, 2,800 yen

This is one of the collections of Ms. Tsuruta's vegetarian books. For more than twenty years, she introduces Western way of vegetarian lives to Japanese people as a writer, translater, and vegetarian chef. She now lives in the countryside, two hours away from Tokyo, harvesting vegetables in her own fields with her husband, Edward Levinson, a photographer. Before "Mother Earth Kitchen," Ms. Tsuruta published a cooking book titled "Vegetarian Cooking (in Japanese also)" but the recipes are simpler and more beautiful in "Mother Earth Kitchen." To consider vegetarianism in Japan, her another book "Vegetarian Miyazawa Kenji" (Shobunsha) will be very impressive. Also, "Vegetarian No Bunkashi (or Historical Vegetarians East and West"(Shobunsha) is strongly recommended to learn vegetarian history from Pythagoras, Mohandas Gandhi to John Lennon. ISBN:4388056391
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Mother Earth Kitchen
「新版 ぼくが肉を食べないわけ」ピーター・コックス 築地書館 2200円 NEW!
The New Why You Don't Need Meat, Peter Cox, Tsukiji Shokan, 1998, 2,200 yen
This is the Japanese translation of "The New Why You Don't Need Meat," published by Bloomsbury Publishing Ltd in 1992. I know a young woman who stopped eating meat because of this book. The author, Peter Cox, is vocal enough to make readers understand the reasons we never need meat. If you have trouble with explaining your Japanese friends why you are a vegetarian, you can simply show them this book.

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Why Don't Need Meat
「ドキュメント 屠場」 鎌田慧 岩波新書 660円
Slaughter House in Japan, Satoshi Kamata, Iwanami Shinsho, 1998, 660 yen
I should say there are many differences between Japan and the U.S. on vegetarianism as well as other issues. One of them is the system of slaughter houses. Satoshi Kamata, an award-winning journalist, describes it with vivid examples of slaughters who had been historically discriminated in Japan since the job of killing animals was considered as "unclean." Their professionalism, seasoned skills, and the sense of unity with other slaughters give us food for thoughs before simply protesting slaughter houses in Japan. ISBN:4004305659
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Slaughter House in Japan

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