Tara Kamiya


Can you go raw food in Japan?

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The short answer: Yes, you can go raw food in Japan!

Now for the long answer…

Japan is a semi-ideal place to go raw. Just about everybody has a little patch of dirt that they grow vegetables on. If not, there are dozens of co-ops and little old ladies around that will share their harvest. Japan makes it really easy to send fresh produce all over the main island. If you walk into the post office there are gift catalogs filled with fresh produce. Sending a gift box of fruit is an easy and popular gift. When American people think of souvenirs they often think of t-shirts and key chains. In Japan the number one souvenir (omiyage) is food!

Going raw, I am considering it. What is holding me back?

I have all of the resources I need to go raw. We have farmland, we have grocery stores with fresh fruit and we have food co-ops. There is also a pretty decent offering of planting seeds and supplements on Amazon.

The only two things holding me back right now is time and winter. I cannot cut up pounds and pounds of food or prepare fresh meals with the kids running around all day. When they go to bed I might have an hour, but I have designated that time to blog and do my online hustling. If I can figure out a prep time, then we are 90% there.


The winters here are brutal because there is no central heat. This is why I say Japan is a semi-ideal place to go raw. Tons of farmland, but the winters!!! Without central heat I imagine myself craving root vegetables which often need to be cooked. Also craving hot soups and casseroles. It would just be more difficult to come up with a diet that would work for the family. The ideal situation is to not be here. That would mean finding a place in Hawaii or Puerto Rico. Hawaii is a good destination, but I have never been there and don’t know anything about the islands. I have family in Puerto Rico, but again, I know nothing and have never been there. If I were alone, it would not be a big issue; but dragging the kids into the unknown might not be a good idea.

Sometimes people will comment about how expensive it is to go raw, but when I go in the store and see how expensive meat is, I just laugh. Going raw is expensive if you plan on eating “gourmet” raw food. Buying fresh fruits and vegetables….let’s be real, by the time your body gets used to the new lifestyle you will begin to save thousands of yen! You need to eat a lot less produce because it is really filling you with nutrients. Your body will be less likely to crave any food.


When you first get started on raw food, the machines that you may want to use are the big cost. A vitamix blender, a dehydrator, or a fancy food processor. That is something that can come later. You can start with a really basic blender, and read up on how to start a fully raw diet.
All of the other cool gadgets can come later. Right now I just have the basics.

The main thing you should consider is how to make it work for your lifestyle. I have a farm and don’t work outside of my home. Before you go get those goji berries, one thing I highly suggest is a lot of study and research. There is no way you can start a new lifestyle without any information. This is a lifestyle for sure. I have been watching Dan(The Life Regenerator)on YouTube for years and I am just now deciding to see if I can go raw full time. I had to leave NYC to even process a fully raw life. Dan visited NY a few years ago and damn near cried at the overall lifestyle, ROTF! It is nothing to play with, but if you want optimal health, it is something to consider. For anyone living in a tropical climate it’s a no brainer. It’s harder on us who have to endure brutal winters and hectic schedules. Let’s see how it goes.

Be Well,

Tara Kamiya



4 thoughts on “Raw Food in Japan

  1. Have you hears of Tonyo Ogino?

    She has a YouTube channel called “Raw in Japan” and a website and Facebook as well.

  2. Hi Tara! It’s Margaret, from ALCC! Great to see you are still going great guns over there!
    You mentioned considering going raw, and mentioned your concerns, so I want to share with you some things I learned along the way.
    The most useful device you can get yourself is a food processor (I started out with an el-cheapo one from Jacks – it did the job for me in the beginning… yes, I did graduate to a Cuisinart after about 2 years and 4 cheapo food processors). A food processor will grind nuts for you, chop or grind any vegetable you put in, to whatever texture you like, and it saves you lots of chopping time. I use mine to grind up nuts and vegetables to make sauces and meat-like “pates”.
    A Benriner Cook Help spiralizer – this is something you can probably get cheap in Japan (after I wore out two of the American imitations, I went for the Japanese machine.. it cost a bit more, but, in the 8 years I have had it, I have not succeeded in breaking it) This is a device that is used in Japan to make the daikon “grass” you get on your sushi plate. You can use it to make “angel hair pasta” like strips from any hard vegetable (daikon, carrot, lotus root, sweet potato, turnip, etc.)
    You mentioned a VitaMix. I had one, but, as usual for me, it broke 2 weeks after the warranty expired. I made do with my food processor for years, but then I got a NUTRI-BULLET, which does everything I ever did with the VitaMix at about 1/4 the price and is easier to clean.
    Last, but not least, get yourself a really good KNIFE. I have a stainless steel Chinese “chopper” that I have used for about 30 years. It is all one piece stainless steel, so I cannot break it and the handle cannot fall off. I like the weight of it, and it holds an edge for quite a while.
    I have a bunch of stuff on my blog prettysmartrawfoodideas.wordpress.com if you want to look. There are recipes and other items of interest for people interested in raw food (including Christmas and Thanksgiving dishes)
    I haven’t been active on the blog for about a year, but the info is still valid, so much so that I figured that, since I wasn’t making any new recipes, it would hold until I got to a larger tiny kitchen (my kitchen is now a small tv table where I can set my food processor or my NutriBullet, or else I can put the cutting board and chop stuff)
    I hope there may have been something here that is useful for you. If you have any question, I’ll be happy to tell you what I know.
    Great to see you again!

  3. Wow, awesome advice and suggestions. I appreciate it. So happy you commented. Thanks for reading!
    I totally forgot that you were vegan/raw!

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