The first thing to do is research some of the older threads on the forum as they contain a lot of good information. I've had an office in Japan for 30 years and although celiac for only 8 or so. I've not had a problem in japan once I could explain to the chefs about my allergy. They dont all get it but most of them do. Having to explain it in japanese is something you'll have to learn. In other messages on the foorum I posted the name of a few english speaking doctors in Japan who can help with language and celiac. There are also the popular cards you can download explaining it in kanji. -- finding gluten-free soy sauce is not always easy but you can get things shioyaki as well as go to health food stores like at Yokohama station and get the gluten-free shoyu-- . Also you want to make sure you understand miso. When miso is made with kome koji its not a problem but mugi -- barley miso can be. Hacho & aka miso can go either way. I trained as a chef in Japan so I'm kind of spoiled and I have a lot of chef buddies but finding things at any izakaya is possible. Finally, IF you can find my old friend Hansg through the japan clubs in Sweden, He can help. He translates Swedish into japanese and worked for a number of years at the embassy in Tokyo. Great guy too.
first of i should introduce myself. I'm a 23 year old guy living from Sweden, the country with maybe the highest levels of celiac disease in the world what I've heard. I've been a celiac almost my entire life, i got my diagnose when i was 2 and have been on a gluten-free diet ever since. I'm not sure what sensitivity levels there are, but if i mistakenly eat something with gluten and it can be very small amount it take almost precisely on hour before everything thats in my stomach, well, comes back up so to speak.
To my question then, I've been thinking of going to Japan for at least one year studying the language and culture. But my celiac is holding me back (which it have my whole life), in Sweden it's a very commonly known thing and you can order food almost everywhere that is gluten-free, so i have become very comfortable with living here with my celiac. And so I'm a little afraid that it's not so common in Japan and what i have read it isn't. So my question for anyone living in Japan on a gluten-free diet on the forum, how does it work out? Can you ask for gluten-free food at restaurants? And how easy is it finding gluten-free ingredients, such as soy sauce for example?