Being vegan in Japan

Since I came back to Japan, there’ve been always difficulties in eating out as a vegan. Japan was such a country of which dietary was plant-based and consists of a little amount of meat and dairy products. However, as the culture shifts to Western styles, people have become to prefer meat to vegetable more than ever.

What’s weird to be a vegan in Japan, is people always ask me if my dietary preference is based on my religious belief. Every time I get the question and I can’t always help laughing about the fact how they are biased due to the misunderstanding of other heterogeneous behaviors. Veganism has nothing to do with Halal or Islam. If I was a Muslim, why am I not wearing a hijab? I know vegans aren’t the majority anywhere in the world so that people are likely to be super skeptical about the nutritious balance of vegan dietary and the environmental impact of being vegan as an individual. However, isn’t that funny that how they get me so wrong? Well, I don’t usually counter back on them to show off the scientific references about the health and ecological effects of veganism. But for those who might have doubts about vegan, here’re some studies about the health and environmental facts.

Vegetarians and vegans have a relatively low BMI and a low plasma cholesterol concentration

Vegetarian diet is better for the planet, says Lord Stern

In Japan, there’s been a strong peer pressure to behave in the same way others do on the ground of our heterogeneousness. However, I would like to say it’s absolutely okay to be different. We never taught to be so as one of the  petty traits in our society. Open-minded attitudes and respects towards different values are significant rather than flat refusals and aimless sympathies.  Conversations with peers is what I absolutely love doing throughout my life. We can discover better ideas and absorb them into own routines if agreeable in order to improve own quality of life while valuing to a society. Although facing the suspicion against veganism, I’ll keep sharing my ideas to stretch out my friends’ and jerks’ perspectives.