||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.
| May, 2002
|I visited the U.S. to do some research for my
next book about American food culture. Since I had only 20 days
this time, I wanted to try some new places such as Chicago,
New Orleans, and Ithaca. Also I saw many of my friends in NYC
and Baltimore (I attended a fantastic vegan wedding of my friends
and will report the story in THE DAILY YOMIURI soon).
As you know, American food culture is not only about vegetarian.
(Actually, rather meat-based.) So I needed to taste some non-vegetarian
dishes but, at the same time, found how easy it was to choose
vegetarian menu in many cities. Yes, New Orleans might be an
exception but there was a Thai vegetarian restaurant close to
my hotel, though I was too busy to go there, exploring Cajun/Creole
Through the travel, I found that now I've been adjusted to vegetarian/vegan
eating habit and meat/dairy things make my stomach as well as
taste buds uncomfortable. Whenever I eat good (this is important!)
vegetarian/vegan dishes, I got relaxed and charged with fresh
energy. In the meantime, I'm glad that I was able to feel the
essence of the unique culinary culture in New Orleans by accepting
some non-vegetarian food. As a journalist, I want to broaden
my horizons with such experiences. This is one of the reasons
why I call myself "semi-vegan," instead of "vegetarian"