Things that make Japan bearable: Foreign Food Trucks

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Of all the places I’ve ever lived, Tokyo is probably my favorite. Toilettes that clean your bum with water, trains that can take you anywhere in the city, a great healthcare system for foreigners living semi-permanently in the city, and conveyor belt sushi restaurants – what is not to like?

The short answer: nothing. There are very few things I actually dislike about Japan. 

[For more, see: Things I hate about Japan: Chikan]

But I miss food.

food truck japan tokyo

Don’t get me wrong, Japanese food is delicious. I love Takoyaki, sushi, gyudon, and Japanese melon. I eat healthy all the time in Japan. No deep fat fried things, no greasy meats, no processed foods. No fries from McDonalds, no chicken burgers from Wendys, no chilidogs from Sonic. Basically, I’m healthy.

And being healthy gets old. Fast.

I miss foreign food. This is where food trucks come in. No joke, food trucks are my saving grace in Japan. As a result, I try to hit up as many foreign festivals (or just anything non-Japanese themed festivals) as I can.

Food trucks give me real pizza. They give me falafel. They give me tacos. They give me pita bread. They give me happiness. 

Food truck japan festival tokyo

Foreign food trucks make Japan bearable.

And, of course, my favorite part is the fact that you can get quality without price. The food trucks vary by country and type of food. You can get a wider variety of food through food trucks in Tokyo than you can get in literally any other street of any other country. 

Or at least I think so.

I also use food tucks as a chance to meet other foreigners. The people who own (or work at) these shops typically speak English or are otherwise well traveled. I’ve met some pretty awesome people.

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Next time you’re in Tokyo, try to hit up some of the food trucks (especially the Pizza-van. You won’t regret it.

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8 Comments on Things that make Japan bearable: Foreign Food Trucks

  1. I am so incredibly hungry reading this!

  2. How do you find them? Not that I have much wherewithal for chasing after them, suburban housewife and mama that I am. But I’d like to think I’ll go truck hunting sometime, and when I do, need to know where to start!!

    • Hahahaha. I usually find them by looking for foreign festivals (or food festivals) in Tokyo. I follow a couple blogs that post about time-sensitive festivals (my favorite is ), so I kind of just try to go to these events once a month.
      I’ve noticed that as long as it’s a non-traditional Japanese festival, there will be foreign food trucks (music festival, indie movie screening, gay rights parade, etc)

  3. I know this feeling when you’re deprived from your favourite food you would normally have when being back home and you kinda stick to the food locals eat every day and then you see a foreign restaurant and you feel like one big happy kid!!! :D

    • That’s pretty much my exact feeling :)
      Being abroad makes me appreciate all kinds of food (local and foreign) – especially when I travel.

      Are you able to get your favorite non-Chinese foods in China?

  4. I guess I’ve been living in Saitama for too long – the only food trucks I can remember seeing sell things like yakitori, gyoza, or yaki-imo! Not that those are bad, mind you, but I am now very put out that we don’t have a Taco truck!!

    • I love yakitori trucks :)

      But I agree, I actually haven’t seen too many (actually, scratch that, I haven’t seen ANY) foreign food trucks outside of Tokyo. It might just be a very urban thing.
      I am not proud of how many tacos I ate when I found that taco truck. They were delicious!

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