Supervisor / Recommender
VegeProject Japan (NPO) Representative Director
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Kyoto University Faculty/Graduate School of Agricultural, Master of Agriculture, Kyoto University.
Founded “VegeProject Japan(NPO)” when she was a student. From then, she introduced a veg-menu to the student cafeteria of Kyoto University.
She is currently working with universities, companies, restaurants and municipalities to expand vegan and vegetarian options.
Also active as teacher/advertiser of vegetarian vegans. Interviews with well-known vegetarians Paul McCartney and Colin Campbell.
TENZO: About us.
TENZO is a 100% vegan shop located a 3-minute walk from Toranomon Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line. To make “vegan fast food” is TENZO’s idea. It opened in April, 2020 to spread the idea of vegan cuisine and vegan food in Japan because it is good for the earth.
Also, they are building a store where anyone can easily drop in. Since TENZO is located in the office district, there are many office workers and many non-vegan people who are enjoying TENZO’s cuisine. Many people who are not familiar with vegans are impressed by the deliciousness of the dishes that do not use any animal foods. TENZO is successful in achieving repeaters from both vegan and non-vegan customers.
Japanese-style vegan menu
In addition, there are attractive menus such as healthy kuruma-fu fried rice bowl and eggplant veggie detox rice bowl. The kuruma-fu has a texture and taste just like real meat. Eggplant veggie detox bowl is a reproduction of beef bowl using eggplant, and you can taste it healthy and tight. Japanese spices such as vinegar and perilla(shiso) are used as a secret ingredient. It is a lineup that can be said to be a typical Japanese vegan dish.
You can also take out all the bowl menus, so you can eat slowly at home or take it back to the office to eat.
So far, they have provided meat potatoes and Chikuzen-ni that do not use meat. Instead, they used yuzu pepper and soy meat, which is very delicious. It seems such menus will increase in the future.
In addition to the food menu, muffins and cookies are also on sale. There are apple and cinnamon muffins with lots of big cut apples and strawberry and coconut muffins that you can enjoy the flavor of coconut and the taste of sweet and sour strawberries.
Cookies include rare spicy cookies such as turmeric and cloves. It is also TENZO’s commitment that agave syrup is used instead of sugar. I’m looking forward to the increasing variety of sweets!
Being very particular about design and details
The TENZO store has the image of a chalk warehouse. There is a sticker of footprints on the floor inside the store, and you can enjoy the design as if you are steadily entering the warehouse.
The TENZO logo has the motif of the vegetable “turnip” and the family crest “tomoe.” Since turnips can be eaten without throwing away all the roots and leaves, by expressing the turnips as if they are rotating, the Japanese food “wa,” the calm “wa,” and the circulation “wa” in which food is reduced around the body, is expressed.
TENZO is completely vegan-friendly without using animal materials, and does not overstate that it is vegan. Also, they are trying to express that vegan is pop and easy, and overturn the vegan image in Japan, being special and luxurious. It is a restaurant where you can enjoy the convenience of fast food that TENZO aims for, and a little junkyness like fast food.
Why don’t you come and visit them if you are interested in the idea of veganism? There is no doubt that once you go, you will be captivated by its deliciousness and affordability.
Various vegan bowls, muffins, cookies, and drinks
「 TENZO」Basic information
|Address|| 1-22-4 Nishi-Shimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 〒105-0003
Regular Hours 11:00~20:00(LO19:00)
Credit Card（VISA, Master, JCB, AMEX, Diners）
|Parking Lot||Parking available in fromnt of the store|
|Language||Automatic translator available|
All vegan compatible menus