A new resource for visitors and residents, “Plant-based Tokyo” by Momoko Nakamura is a beautifully presented, bilingual book of 45 dining establishments in the Tokyo and Shonan areas. Each location is committed to what Nakamura describes as “sustainable food system practices” and high-quality food.
The book is prefaced with a short guide that includes a list of Japanese vocabulary so that readers can explain “I am vegan,” or “I am vegetarian,” et cetera. Each of the restaurant descriptions is then focused on the chef or restaurant owner’s philosophy and relationship to food. Nakamura writes with a calm, charming voice, and describes each location with respect and care. While portions of the text could have benefited with heavier editing, each story is compelling.