This is the Japanese word for difficult.
We asked in Japanese and it turned out that they put fish dashi (fish sauce) in ALL their tofu dishes Thats right, even a tofu restaurant which had been recommended by a well know vegetarian website turned out not to be vegetarian.
Below is an example menu snippet, mostly written in katakana, with a few kanji thrown in too.
If you are lucky youll find Italian or Indian.Here are some examples of what could go wrong when you order your food in Japan.Many restaurants serving foreign food will sneak fish into their food as well to make the taste more appealing to the Japanese.You wont find it on the menu.If an English menu isnt available at a foreign food restaurant such as an Italian or Indian you will probably find that much of the menu is written in katakana.Something a bit more authentic, of course if you come to Japan it is nice to try something more authentic than Indian and Italian.Katakana is a phonetic alphabet.
If you do manage to find a restaurant that does a vegetarian option, you can bet that it wont be there on the set lunch menu.You will usually be able to find a margarita pizza, or a tomato pasta in the menu.You just have to ask them politely and then explain very carefully.Set lunches are very popular in Japan.That is not to say that it cant be done.Therefore you should do research into vegetarian restaurants before you.In most other countries, if you ask for your food to be prepared without a certain ingredient (something you have to a lot as a vegetarian) the restaurant will agree to.Note that Im talking about foreign Indian restaurants such as Nepali Indian restaurants and not the Japanese style Curry restaurants where you are unlikely to find any options.The Japanese sometimes put ground up meat into their food.Tags: japan, japanese, travel, vegetarian.You can add soy sauce, tofu, and spring onions to your udon to make them taste good.
That means if you can read the katakana you may be able to understand the words without having to know any Japanese vocabulary.
And when it comes to set lunches the Japanese are even less willing to make modifications to the food than at dinner time.
Muzukashii, another difficulty is caused by the unwillingness of Japanese restaurants to do custom orders.
Did you spot the meat kanji?