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Kaiseki Ryori (Vegetarian haute Cuisine)
Same pronunciation in Japanese, but differ from another one.
Zen monks would place a heated stone under their clothing during their training to overcome their cold and hunger. Kaiseki ryori evolved from the simple shojin-ryori that monks ate, which provided just about the same level of relief from cold and hunger as the original heated rock.
Born as an adjunct to the tea ceremony, Kaiseki is a largely vegetarian affair (though fish is often served, meat never appears on the Kaiseki menu).
Please be noted that Kyoto has several good vegetarian restaurant, even at standard Japanese shokudo and other restaurants.
These include noodle, rice and vegetable dishes.
If you eat fish, you’ll have plenty to choose from. Nonfish-eating vegetarians can get their protein from tofu.