What is a Macriobiotic diet?
A macrobiotic diet fixes on ideas about types of food drawn from Zen Buddhism. The major principles of a macrobiotic diet are to reduce animal products, eat locally grown foods that are in season, and consume meals in moderation. (While there are rumors that this type of "clean eating" can help rid the body of diseases, it has not been scientifically proven.) It is said that during the Edo Period (1600-1800) in Japan, peasants were not allowed to eat meat and had a diet based on staples of rice and soybeans. Because the macrobiotic diet was developed in Japan, Japanese foods that are beneficial for health are incorporated by most modern macrobiotic eaters.
It's important to note that while while macrobiotic diets do not condemn animal products entirely, they are only to be consumed once or twice a week, and therefore, macrobiotic restaurants will pride themselves on being free of all animal products. If you are ever in doubt, feel free to ask, or specify that you are vegan/vegetarian before ordering.
These are tried and true vegan options for visitors planning to visit Fukuoka:
1. Macrobiotic Deli Evah Dining - Hakata Station
Open: 7:00am~ Close 10:00pm
Located adjacent to Hakata Station, is Fukuoka's newest department store, KITTE. Pop into the first floor of KITTE to find another Evah Dining Location for more vegan bentos, organic vegetables, wraps, pastas, rice bowls, and more.
2. Macrobiotic Light Food - Evah No Mori (KITTE)
Open: 10:00am~ Close 9:00pm
3. Macrobiotic Cafe Evah Dining Botanical Garden
Open: 10:30am~ Close 7:30pm (Last Order 7:00pm)
4. Rota Cafe in Tenjin
Open: 11:00am ~ Close: 6:00pm
Rota Cafe's first floor is a showcase of organic vegetables and products, handmade organic sweets, and their own set of ready-to-go vegan bentos. If you're in the Tenjin area, definitely check this place out, I was impressed by the quality and quantity for the price, and I am sure you'll be satisfied too.
Fukuoka is constantly growing and evolving at a rapid rate, and new stores are popping up all the time. For up-to-date information and reviews from fellow travellers, you can refer to Happy Cow's comprehensive list of vegan/vegetarian foods across Fukuoka Prefecture.