I've read many past posts on similar topics, so my questions are all based on what I've learned from that research. Thank you to everyone who has responded to such a question in the past.
For religious reasons, I do not eat meat or meat by-products (no chicken, beef, pork, lamb, OR chicken broth, gelatin, beef broth, etc.). I eat most fin fish, but no shellfish, eel, sea urchin, etc. I have no other restrictions: I eat eggs, dairy, all vegetables, all seaweed, etc., and I am eager to try as much Japanese food as possible while I am there.
I'm trying to make a comprehensive list of the traditional Japanese foods that should fall within these restrictions, and figure out the best way to communicate my needs (or not have to) to servers.
I eat a lot of sushi at home, but I can order the specific fish that meet my requirements. What's the best way to order sushi in Japan?
Is most Udon going to be okay? I believe that Udon is traditionally made with dashi, which if made traditional (bonito and kombu, right?) should be fine. (I don't eat Udon in the states, because I generally don't trust restaurants to not use chicken stock in broth.) How do I make sure I don't get anything else in my Udon that I wouldn't eat?
What about tempura? I know there are things I can eat, but are there ways of ordering vegetables easily?
Any options for eating Shabu Shabu? Robotayaki? And what about kaiseki? I know I'd do better with kaiseki on Kyoto, but we're not going to get there this trip.
Thanks in advance.