I may be going to Japan in the spring! It's not certain yet, my mother and I still have to attend a meeting about financial stuff, but if we can afford it, there's nothing that's going to keep me away from this once-in-a-lifetime experience. I'd be going with the Young Ambassadors group from my area, and we'd be staying with a local family, not in a hotel.
However, I'm really concerned about food. My friend, who has studied Japanese culture for a long time, told me that the Japanese don't really understand vegetarianism. I'm sure that there are Japanese vegetarians, but apparantly the country is heavily reliant on meat. How would I go about explaining myself to people?
Has anyone here traveled to Asia, or to Japan specifically? What kind of food options are there? It's a 3 week stay, so if it really comes down to the wire, I can survive on McDonald's salads and vending machines, but I would rather eat decent food. (Japan has one vending machine for every 23 people. How crazy is that??) If anyone has traveled there, what is it like? What should I be prepared for? Gosh, I'm so excited, I really hope I get to go! It would mean either giving up or really working ahead on my spring term, but I can always make up classes (yay college!)
So, yeah, that's basically it! Any advice?