Raw Food in Japan

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



About Tara Kamiya

I am a personality blogger of Japanese & African American marriage and motherhood. Featured in the U.S. on Four Weddings Season 2. For product reviews, speaking engagements and appearances please contact me via email: kamiyatara@gmail.com
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