Nowadays almost everybody eats meat in Japan. However, eating meat, especially beef, had been a taboo in Japan for a long, long time. Numerous prohibition orders against consumption of meat have been documented throughout the history. So all truly traditional Japanese meals are basically “vegetarian” and that tradition has culminated in 精進料理（しょうじんりょうり/shoujin_ryouri）.
There are many 精進料理（しょうじんりょうり/shoujin_ryouri） restaurants around too. They are quite expensive, but most food is prepared with so much care that it is worth trying at least once while you are in Japan!
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