I just learned from my dear friend and Japanese translator, Masako Maxwell, that last week-end marked the Eighth Annual VegefoodFesta in Tokyo, Japan at Yoyogi Park. Attracting nearly 40,000 people, it is one of the largest vegetarian festivals in the world and is organized by Veggie Culture Network on a not-for-profit basis. The VFF features a wide variety of vegan food, and hosts 100 vendors and exhibitors, including vegetarian, macrobiotic and raw food restaurants, selected organic vegetable vendors and shops handling organic goods. They even ask people to bring their own chopsticks and bowls to be more environmentally friendly.
One of the sponsors, Loving Hut, has restaurants throughout the United States and thirteen restaurants in California so check them out! In researching this, we discovered that there are the Tokyo Vegan Meet-up Group and the Tokyo Raw Food Love and Veggies Meet-up Group!! I cannot tell you how exciting it is for both Masako and me to know that vegan festivals are happening all over the world and we have made it a goal to try to be there in Tokyo next year for this special event!
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