Where in the World is Gluten Freedom?

Next week I’m going on an adventure…

Click here to find  out what I’m going to be needing eight days from now.  That’s right.  I’m going to Japan.  My mom and I are spending a week with my brother, sister-in-law, and nephew, who live overseas.  My brother’s navy career has put them temporarily in Japan and I can’t wait to see their new digs.  My sister-in-law, Alden, writes this amazing blog, Wattsabi, about their adventures in Japan so I’ve got a little taste of what is to come in the next week.

While in Japan, we’ll visit Tokyo, Kamakura (where Obama recently visited), and a Japanese hot springs for a night.  And we’ll get to see Rob’s ship as well as stay in their home, near the Yokosuka naval base.  Maybe we’ll even get to ride a few trains.

I’m a little nervous about the food situation in Japan.  (Not while I’m staying at Rob and Alden’s, but when we venture out to restaurants.)  I’m BYOSS (Bring Your Own Soy Sauce), and planning on using the restaurant card and Iphone App that explains Celiac in Japanese.  This is my first trip to a foreign country since my diagnosis, aside from a disastrous trip to an all-inclusive resort in the Dominican Republic.  So I’m packing snacks and Alden is stocking up on groceries at the Naval Commissary (which she tells me is about the equivalent of a 1980s grocery store: probably no GF bagels or Bob’s Red Mill but they do have Chex and peanut butter).

I have found this blog, which seems to be written by a woman who is gluten-free.  Would love any thoughts or advice people have about international travel. There’s plenty of rice in Japan so I won’t go hungry!

Stay tuned for photos of our Pacific adventure!

  1. Mindy says:

    Betsy, that sounds awesome!! Have lots of fun.

  2. Kim says:

    I can’t wait to hear about your trip! So jealous – have a wonderful time!

  3. Chili T. says:


    In rice we trust!


  4. Alden says:

    Bets! You make me blush. Can’t wait for you to leave cold Atlanta and come to balmy Japan. AND I did find Bob’s Red Mill chocolate chip cookie mix at the commissary today–now if I only had an oven!

  5. Betsy says:

    That’s amazing you found Bob’s but a funny reminder that there’s nowhere to bake :)
    See you in a week!

  6. Tom G. says:

    You will be interested in this article in today’s Baltimore Business Journal…


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