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Vegan sushi is the new frontier for plant-based cuisine in Japan

Japanese chefs skip the animal protein to re-imagine traditional favorites

A food delivery service in Japan is offering lunchboxes with vegan sushi. More restaurants are using plant-based ingredients to make traditional Japanese dishes. (Photo by Makoto Okada) 

TOKYO -- Vegan cuisine is winning new fans in Japan, and not just the typical tofu burgers. Traditional Japanese dishes are being re-imagined using only plant-based ingredients, and Japanese chefs have won international prizes with visually elaborate vegan dishes. Now the country's major food processors are joining in, developing new vegan products.

In Tokyo's upscale Ginza district, an eatery called nu dish Deli & Cafe served vegetarian ramen and curry for a limited time in the fall. Ramen flavored with salt and yuzu, a citrus fruit, sold for about 1,000 yen ($9).

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