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As we will learn today, Japan has more recently accelerated the vegan trend. Indeed, it is becoming increasingly easy to find vegan cuisine to satisfy your taste buds, across the major cities in Japan. You can even find a vegan café and vegan noodle shop at Haneda and Narita International Airports! As we delve into the history of veg and vegan food in Japan, is that traditionally, for over 1,200 years, Japan’s agricultural and dietary practices were deeply rooted in a spiritual and mostly plant-based way of life. In Japanese, “ryori” means cooking or cuisine, and “shojin” coming from the Sanskrit word “vyria,” meaning to have goodness and keep evil away. Shojin Ryori has become a very important part of traditional and modern Japanese culture.