Buying Organic in Japan by Maddy Pannell & Lee Yen Anderson
We all strive to put food on the table that will nourish our families to keep them happy and healthy. Eating organic foods, where possible, is a great way to do this; ensuring quality nutrition, while avoiding pesticides and genetically modified foods. Choosing to eat this way also contributes to the efforts of small farms in their stewardship of the earth. Japan is great for local produce but finding organic food can be difficult.
Here is a list of our favorites stores in Tokyo where you can find a good combination of organic and local foods.
National Azabu – 4-5-2 Minami Azabu, Minato-ku
National has a well-stocked fresh and local organic vegetable section. You can find organic and raw nuts and seeds, organic wines, organic eggs, wild-caught fish, organic and grass-fed beef, and free-range and non hormone/non GMO chicken and pork here. National also stocks organic superfood powders which are a great addition to your smoothies!
What we like best: The rotisserie chicken at National is free-range and hormone/antibiotic free and thus a great takeout option for busy families.
Natural House Omotesando – 3-6-18 Kita-aoyama, Minato-ku
Natural House is great for fresh produce, and provides labels in English as to whether the produce is organic or from small local farms. It also stocks a small range of organic nuts and seeds, and has a salad and hot food bar. This is a great place to pick up organic and natural Japanese pantry staples.
What we like best: Getting a health boost from their organic juice station.
Natural Mart – 5-19-5 Hiroo, Shibuya-ku
Natural Mart is a tiny store but it crams a lot of great items in! It has a small but good frozen section where you can buy organic strawberries, blueberries and a selection of frozen meats. There are some raw chocolate options if you are in need of a healthy treat! It also stocks superfood powders, and a selection of organic skin care products.
What we like best: Their large selection of organic teas.
Chikyu-Jin – 1-5-29 Azabu-Juban, Minato-ku
This store is housed in an oddly mushroom-like building, and sells a small selection of high quality fresh produce, mostly from small local farms rather than organic farming. It does occasionally have organic fruits and also has some organic wine options
What we like best: The organic strawberries when they are in season – a tough thing to find in Tokyo!
Farmers Markets – Ark Hills and UNU Omotesando – open on Saturdays and Sundays 10am to 4pm
Getting to know the farmers that grow your food is one of the best ways to be certain that you are getting fresh and good quality produce to your table. We love to browse these farmers markets at the weekend and grab lunch at one of the many food trucks at the UNU market. Not everything is organic but there are great options from local farmers.
What we like best: The organic ginger syrup and raw local honey at both farmers markets are fantastic!
Still confused about what to buy and where to buy it?! We will be happy to take you on a grocery store tour, please contact us if you are interested.
We would also like to know where you have found organic items in Tokyo – let us know in the comments section!
Maddy Pannell is a certified Health Coach who offers one-on-one coaching sessions to help her clients integrate healthier choices into their lives in a way that is enjoyable, practical and long lasting. She received her training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s cutting edge health coach training programme, focusing on holistic nutrition, practical lifestyle management techniques, and preventative health. You can connect with Maddy on Facebook at www.facebook.com/maddyphealthcoaching.
Lee Yen Anderson’s passion for nutrition emerged as a result of the need to address multiple food allergies in her family. Using her skills from a graduate degree in International Environmental Policy and her former career in Investment Analysis, she reads intensively on the topic of nutrition, both as a political issue and a health issue. She is a Certified Nutrition Consultant who strives to achieve balance everyday. Connect with Lee Yen Anderson here: www.facebook.com/scentsibleremedies
Buying Organic in Japan
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