||Healthy vegan snack, vegan peach cobbler, stray
cats, and so on.
||Vegan pizza and brownie as well as experiences
at several vegan restaurants.
||New soymilk product and vegan ramen noodle, and
||Stories about the meeting with Japan Vegetarian
Society chairpersons, vegan wedding meal, and experiences in
Kyoto and Vietnam.
||Attended Japan Vegetarian Society's meeting,
delicious vegetarian food in YOKOHAMA China town, wasting time
and money on staling foods, and trip to Penang.
||Experimenting some vegan breakfast recipes, receiving
an e-mal from the reader, pondering bug's life, and so on
|| Tried a macrobiotic restaurant in Tokyo, and
the trip to Laos.
||Struggling to get a vegan flihgt meals at Malaysian
|| Having vegan wedding plates again, business
trip to Cambodia and Vietnam, and busy days.
|| Nayonnaise discovery and some food disasters.
||Life is going on.
|| Attended a meeting on refugee issues in Japan
held by Amnesty International Japan
||Fresh soy milk and fasionable fake leather sneakers,
||A conversation with my husband over a TV show
and "Meatarians vs. vegetarians."
||A trip to the U.S. for research. Had an opportunity
to attend a fantastic vegan wedding of my friend's.
||A thought on eating whale meat.
| Okay, it's time to do some updates. Past six
months, I attended a vegetarian cooking party (in November),
coordinated a vegetarian meeting for Japan Vegetarian Society
(in December), and found some vegetarian-friendly restaurants
including the one in my neighborhood. Now I can order noodle
plates without meat at that Chinese restaurant. In the meantime,
I had to make a compromise when I should eat a slice of pork
cutlet to write a restaurant review. But the good things are
going on as the bad thing happened: Now I CAN eat Natto, in
32 years of my life! That sticky, strong-flavor fermented soybeans
will help me to eat vegan way much easier than ever. (February
| February 10, 2002
I found that Martha Hill, my favorite cosmetic brand for
more than four years, stopped sending their products to overseas.
(They are British company.) I was shocked because I've been
relying most of my cosmetics including shampoo on MH and had
no idea what to substitute for. They should be good for my
skin and hair, not animal tested, not contain animal ingredients.
In Japan, there are many "natural" cosmetics but generally,
they never mention whether they are animal tested. I felt
so anxious, almost unreasonably, and thought I should get
something as soon as possible. Maybe I'd have chances in Ginza,
I wondered. I knew that there are a couple of drug stores
that sell imported cosmetics. At the first store, most of
the space was packed with chocolates for St. Valentine's Day
and I only found Aubrey. Unfortunately their products don't
work great to me so I went for next one. What I saw was that
the store was closed. I was desperate and the last chance
I could get alternatives on that day was to go to Body Shop.
They are not bad, at least, only if the fragrances are too
strong. The good thing was they have a variety of range from
cosmetics to shampoo and body soap so I could get all the
the necessary things at once. Now I think that I should explore
vegan cosmetics in Japan besides vegan foods here. A long
way to go!
|February 19, 2002
|I attended a meeting on refugee issues in Japan
held by Amnesty
International Japan. The guest speaker was a Burmese who
fled to Japan due to the current government's harsh oppression
to him because he is one of them who organized democratic movements
among students as well as came from Rohingya, an ethnic minority.
Unfortunately, Japanese government is not as generous as he
expected and he was detained almost a year and after all, couldn't
get a refugee status here. He now stays in Japan under the custody
by his lawyer and work as an activist who seek for Burmese democracy.
He says that Rohingya is Muslim and that is one reason why they
are abused by the government where the majority of its people
is Buddhists. I asked him if he could get special meals because
of his religion in Japanese Immigration Office's facility. The
answer was "NEVER" and he didn't eat but white rice since he
worried if his meal was contaminated by non-harral meat or other
His decision reminded me vegans who fear that they couldn't
get anything but white rice when they visit Japan. But the big
difference was, I guess, that vegans would have more choices
than he. It might be possible for vegans to break the rules
by eating suspicious foods when they can't be patient of hunger
anymore. That's up to them to decide. But for him, it was the
law that he can't break in whatever situations, as long as he
tries to be a devout Muslim. Anyways, he could have more to
eat if Japanese Immigration Office served him vegetarian meals,