Foods NOT to avoid
I just realised this blog has been mostly doom and gloom, so let’s add a little positivity. This post will mention some delicious food you can buy when out and about, safe in the knowledge that it’s Gus Certified Vegan (a certification that you can trust as much as you would trust any stranger on the internet).
ポテチ Potato chips/crisps/thins
I don’t know what people call them in your country, but I’m talking about the delicious fried thin slivers of potato covered in salt and whatever flavour you enjoy. In Japan, we basically have two flavours to enjoy: salt (うすしお/うす塩）and nori (のりしお/のり塩). If you head to a shop with imported food (I recommend Kaldi or Seijo Ishii) you might find another flavour (sometimes the English ingredients lists aren’t covered! What a world we live in). There’s no way to know if every brand making these flavours is vegan, but the two most common ones (Calbee and コイケヤ) are.
おにぎり Onigiri (or as many Japanese English speakers insist they should be called, ‘rice balls’)
Onigiri is another easy on the go snack that can be picked up from any convenience store and most supermarkets. Two flavours that are almost always vegan are ume (梅) and kombu (昆布). Again, you’ll want to confirm that the specific one you’re buying is vegan by checking the ingredients.
If you’re game, you could go for the natto-maki (納豆巻) sushi roll. Unsurprisingly, it’s filled with natto. If you don’t know what natto is, you should really give it a go before you leave Japan. It’s not a national cultural sensation for nothing!