Being The Only Vegan In A Small Town In Japan

26 Jan

I’m here in Miyanojo which is now known as Satsuma-cho in Kagoshima prefecture on the southern island of Kyushu. I’ve been here since January 8th but I had gone back to Los Angeles for a few days about a week ago. But now I’m back in Japan again to help out with a family emergency. Though I brought a few vegan items with me, my supplies are slowly dwindling. I ration a half of a vegan cookie a day as my sweet treat of the day. But I couldn’t help it and ate a whole one today. Luckily there is a homemade tofu shop a block away where they give away free soy milk daily. My aunt and uncle have made arrangements with them to save some for me everyday. There’s a vending machine outside my family’s house that has black coffee warm, so I can buy that and mix it with my soy milk for my morning coffee, instead of my usual soy latte. I miss the comforts of home especially a place like Los Angeles where I can get vegan anything at anytime. I have a package of cookies and a bag of kale chips as my only snacks to last for the next week or so. My sweet aunt cooks for me everyday. My usual meal consists of rice, miso soup, pickled vegetable, and a star item. Last night it was vegetable tempura! The night before was grilled mochi! I started jogging so I don’t gain weight since I’m used to eating salads for lunch and now I’m eating rice all the time. Some comforts of home I miss: soy lattes, vegan pizzas, mexican food, & indian food. I just ordered from Food Fight Grocery in Portland hopefully my treats will arrive soon. I am lucky to have an understanding family who can cook really well. More to come on food you can eat while in the middle of nowhere in Japan.

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4 Responses to “Being The Only Vegan In A Small Town In Japan”

  1. afrosandlipgloss January 26, 2012 at 3:54 am #

    I applied for JET Program and was wondering about this. Gosh girlie, I hope your care package arrives soon! Thank God for your family!

    • aiball January 26, 2012 at 3:56 am #

      Thank you! What’s the JET Program?

  2. The Hearty Herbivore January 26, 2012 at 4:24 am #

    I grew up in a really rural town in Indiana. Even being a vegetarian there was hard! I know the feeling, good luck!

    • aiball January 26, 2012 at 5:17 am #

      Thanks I need it! My friend is vegan in a small town in Indiana and always complained of the same thing. Luckily he lives close enough to chicago. He took me to Chicago Diner once and it was so yummy. I really like your blog. Are you on twitter too?

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