Maki, of the amazing food blogs Just Hungry and Just Bento, created printable pdfs (in A4 or US letter size) with cards that list English phrases for dietary restrictions and their Japanese translations.
She currently has cards for:
- folks who eat poultry and fish but not meat
- wheat allergies
- dairy/lactose allergies
- nut allergies
- shellfish/shrimp allergies
- soy allergies
- no alcohol
You can also get a "fill in the blank" allergy card.
So the next time you eat out in Japan and aren't sure how to explain to the server what you can or can't have, you can just pull out the appropriate card. Or if you're going to a party or something like that, you can let the hosts know about your dietary restrictions ahead of time by sending along a card.
Printable cards for communicating dietary restrictions in Japan | Just Hungry