You only eat plants

UTSUNOMIYA, Japan, Dec 1998. I was on a project with Honda R&D at Utsunomiya, Japan.

And I’m vegetarian.

The next day, Yoshioka-san — our counterpart at Honda — took us to the canteen and introduced me to the chef. Knowing that “vegetarian” in Japan includes eating fish and birds, I took the chef aside.

“I’m vegetarian,” I emphasised.

“Hai. Vegetarian.”

“I don’t eat fish.”

“Ah, so. No fish.”

“I don’t eat chicken. No birds.”

“Ah, so. No chicken.”

Pause. He looked puzzled. Just to be sure, I added, “I’m vegetarian.”

He thought for a long while, and then said,

“So, you eat only plants?”

P.S. I was finally served rice with brocolli. I ate it with pepper.

  1. Pradeep says:

    Ha 🙂

    I had a similar experience in China and was offered lettuce leaves in vinegar.. I then remembered scolding my mom 2 months back on how the vathha kuzhambu was not up to the mark.

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