Once a year in the summer, all Alishan staff -- and that includes staff that do not regularly work at the cafe's kitchen -- don their aprons and take up the challenge of creating delicious vegetarian and vegan dishes using select ingredients from Alishan's wide range of organic products. Alishan's riverside deck will be packed with booths offering a variety of tempting creations savory and sweet, and not normally on the cafe's menu. Prices will also be much cheaper than usual. Never heard of mung beans or aiyu jelly and don't know what to do with them? Get some ideas. The staff are more than happy to explain ways on how to incorporate more vegetarian ingredients into your diet. This is the best time to stock up on organic goodies as there's a special sale on everything at Alishan's shop. Enjoy stage events and shop for other non-food organic and fair trade items.
Alishan Cafe is a 10 minute downhill walk from Koma Station along the Seibu Ikebukuro Line. Follow the signs heading towards Kinchakuda (巾着田). You can't miss the big red barn beside the river.
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For Sherilyn Siy, Asia is home. Born in Hong Kong, Sherilyn spent time in the Philippines, China, and now lives in Japan. She speaks English, Filipino, Chinese (or putonghua), and Hokkien, her family's local dialect. Running is one of her favorite ways to explore Japan. She proudly finished the 2015 Tokyo Marathon -- her first ever full marathon -- in 4 hours and 37 minutes. She was absolutely psyched when she got selected again to run the new Tokyo Marathon route in 2018. She hopes to complete other races in Japan.