Great Vegetarian food is not too hard to find in Kyoto if you know where to look. Being vegetarian in Japan and eating in restaurants is difficult, but possible if you do your homework. We found great Vegetarian Food in Japan, Sapporo, and Kyoto
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Ken Goldberg and
Kathryn Kefauver Goldberg
Berkeley, California, USA
"Watashitachi wa bejitarian desu." (We are vegetarians.)

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28. Coming home. Kansai to SFO (Kathryn)

Kathryn with Pizza at KIX Kansai

This tomato-laden pizza baked fresh at Kansai International Airport (KIX) didn't stand a chance, even though I was supplied with two forks and no knives, as presumably the latter pose a threat. (Restaurants were in 3F, the food court in 2F) Ken must have captured this "before" shot of the pizza with an extremely fast shutter.

On any plane trip leaving California, I travel equipped with tofu and avocado sandwiches, Clif Bars, blue corn chips, vegan cookies and a vegan Suncake or two. Leaving Japan, we were at the mercy of airport and airline, so we loaded up at Sizuya in Kyoto (donut-fried bagels dunked in sugar, and slightly more healthful, dense chocolate cake). Ken had five rolls of inari (actually 5 because he forgot how to say the number 6), and the crusts of my pizza. (Note to Kansai travelers: the second floor is better for a quick meal, as the third floor seems to be cloned restaurants of the plastic-food-in-the-window variety.)

KIX 2F food court
KIX Internation Terminal, Second Floor food court.

United Asian Vegetarian Breakfast
This was our special Asian vegetarian breakfast on United. Imagine my surprise to wake up at 2:00 a.m. Japan-time--dazed by .25 mg of prescription Xanax for airplane jitters--to see that what they were offering on an extremely turbulent flight: a crustless baby corn sandwich—crustless babycorn sandwich?! I took one glance and offered mine to Ken, who performed his own Vegas magic. . . .

--Kathryn

Posted on Fri, Nov 9, 2007 at 6:50 AM