Dear People of Japan,
When I was younger, I used to love Japanese food. I was even lucky enough to visit Japan. Japanese food is some of the best food in the world, and so healthy, too!
Then, I got diagnosed with Celiac disease (セリアック病) and just like that, my world was shattered. Can you imagine it? No more ramen, no more okonomiyaki, no more convenience store food, no more takoyaki, no more riceballs, no more Glico curry and no more ekiben.
This story gets worse.
As you may or may not be aware, Celiac disease is most widespread in North America, China, Northern India, Finland and Italy, which means, in the future, many tourists will not visit Japan due to their need for a strict gluten-free diet -a situation which could cause economic problems for your country.
In order to save your economy, I would like to encourage Japanese food businesses and restaurants to go gluten-free. I know the switch will be hard, mostly because it will feel like you are breaking with tradition. The good news is that most Japanese foods are already gluten-free and most dishes will require only slight modifications. In addition, you may want a Celiac advisor on board, someone who would be familiar with both the gluten-free diet and food-testing procedures.
If you are a Japanese business interested in opening a food stand or restaurant in Canada, please be advised that there is a desperate need in Toronto’s Union Station for a gluten-free ekiben shop. If this is not possible, please try to set up a gluten-free Japanese-style convenience store. In both cases, your customers will thank you!
I know that this information is difficult to swallow, but please, do your best!
[Please note that all images used in this post are from Wikimedia Commons.]