Being on a plant-based diet in Japan is not one of the easiest of feats. Outside of Tokyo the concept of veganism is a relatively new idea, and if explaining to someone why you eat what you eat isn’t hard enough already, it’s even more difficult to find Japanese food which doesn’t have some kind of animal product in it. The majority of restaurants are big on selling karaage, ramen is made with pork broth and even some of the most basic soups have katsuobushi dashi (bonito fish flake soup stock) in it.

Considering the above, it is always a pleasure to hear about new plant-based foods that are making their way onto the Japanese food scene.

Caring Ice is the new kid on the street. An ice cream made without additives, white sugar, flour, eggs or animal ingredients, it is the perfect treat for those looking for a healthy alternative to traditional sweets.

With increasing globalization and a steady rise of foreigners visiting Japan in recent years, it comes as no surprise that the country’s national palette is changing, and that more and more people are becoming interested in “free-from” foods.

Caring Ice was developed as an ice cream that can be eaten by people with a variety of dietary restrictions. It is made with amazake, coconut milk and soy milk and also contains okra powder for it’s high fiber content. Currently, the ice cream is available in three flavours: coconut, cocoa and matcha.
With a focus on caring for the body and mind, the new plant-based ice cream is sustainable, ethical and healthy, and yet retains all the deliciousness of traditional ice cream.

The healthy dessert can now be purchased online and can be shipped anywhere in Japan.
*A portion of all sales of the product will be donated to Empower Children, a fund for children and young people with cancer in Japan.

Product sales information


ケアリングアイス (Caring Ice)
6 pieces (mixed or one flavour): 3,240 yen (tax included)
12 pieces (mixed or one flavour): 6,480 yen (tax included)
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By - Connie Sceaphierde.