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  1. I just came back from a vacation in Tokyo, with my Japanese husband. My advice is to bring food with you, so you can eat safely until you find a Western grocery store there. I carried peanut butter and Lara fruit/nut bars in my suitcase. And yes, take your wheat-free tamari with you. I carried the bottle in my suitcase, but I've seen it advertised here packaged in take-out packets. I haven't been able to find it, though. It was difficult to eat at Japanese restaurants, even with my husband's ability to ask questions in Japanese. In fact, I ate sashimi at sushi bars a few times, while my family (kids don't eat fish) ate at another restaurant nearby. Unfortunately, because the Japanese are in love with noodles, it seems their other favorite food is Italian. Not good for us, the gluten-free brigade. However, I did well at Indian restaurants. I'm hooked on dosas and they're made with either garbanzo or lentil flour (I forget which, but ask -- most of the Indian staff at Indian restaurants speak English). In Japanese food, soy sauce is the dominant problem. It's always in the marinade, sauce, broth, etc. and miso is in everything else, including salad dressings. I ate a lot of onigiri (rice balls with tuna, salmon or pickles in the center). They're delicious -- 7-11 stores carry a variety of them, but they often run out in the early evening because people pick them up for an easy dinner on the way home from work. Most have seaweed on the outside, but when my husband asked, he was assured that the brand we bought had roasted, salted seaweed with no soy sauce. (Sorry I don't know which brand.) I have to admit, in a moment of desperation, we went to Tokyo's Outback Steakhouse because I knew I could get a hearty, safe meal there. In spite of the challenges, I had a great time and I'm sure you will, too.
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