I had never managed to buy gluten-free bread in Japan. There are shops that sell bread made with rice flour but any I have seen also contain wheat flour. Yesterday, when I was out looking for cranberries, I came across gluten-free bread. I was stunned to see the bread and then I saw a whole shelf of gluten-free products. The biscuits cost more than $10 a packet, so I didn’t buy them, but it was great to see that I had the option. The bread I bought is made with rice flour and states clearly on it that it is gluten-free. It was in the freezer in the store, and was still rather hard when I defrosted it, but it made great stuffing.
I was shopping in Nissin World Delicatessen in Higashi-azabu. It can be expensive, but it is sometimes the only place to buy certain foreign food. Like parsnips, which I do miss. But I didn’t buy the ones I saw yesterday as the concept of paying up to 1,000 円 ($10, £6) for a single parsnip is outrageous.
I managed to take a blurry picture of the shelf of gluten-free products, but if anyone is interested, blurry or not, it gives you an idea of what you can buy.