With shops offering foods from around the world, Tokyo is famous for its variety of culinary options. But are the choices broad enough to cater to those who don't eat animal-based foods? A devout vegetarian Hindu, NHK WORLD-JAPAN Hindi language reporter Chinmaya Dikshit seeks an answer to that question. We follow him as he takes a look at the latest efforts to better accommodate plant-based dietary habits in Japan's capital. (This program was broadcast on March 8, 2023.)
Chinmaya found various plant-based foods in Tokyo.
As Chinmaya and his wife Tanya are devout Hindus, living in Japan means they have to cook their own meals to accommodate their strictly vegetarian diet.
The recent Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics brought interest in plant-based diets, which prompted the opening of this convenience store specializing in non-animal-based foods.
This university cafeteria too is adding menu options for vegans and vegetarians, because cultural exchange also means breaking down food barriers.