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3-week trip to Japan and severe dairy allergy

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I'm going on a 3-week trip to Japan this May with my husband and daughter (who will be 6 months old by then). She has a severe dairy allergy - if I have the slightest bit of dairy (including hidden dairy), she suffers terribly - she breaks out, screams for hours, has terrible gas.

Since I don't know Japanese, I'm a little worried about ensuring I don't have ANY dairy while I'm there. I could do it by eating only fast food restaurant meals that I know don't have dairy (e.g., Subway sandwiches without cheese and McDonalds hamburgers) but that sounds absolutely depressing even if I were back in the US, let alone in Japan!

My understanding is that Japanese food does not have a lot of dairy in it. But the tempura batter might, right? And certainly their incredible baked goods? Any ideas for guaranteed dairy-free foods?

I was just in San Francisco and we went out to Fisherman's Wharf. I couldn't find anything to eat without dairy - breaded items almost always have dairy in the breading, grilled items often have butter, even hot dog buns often have dairy! So I found some ribs and thought I was safe. That night, my daughter broke out in a rash and screamed for hours. It was terrible. I looked up BBQ sauce on line and sure enough, some BBQ sauce has dairy in it.

This is why I'm so concerned about it ... dairy seems to show up in the most unlikely places!

Thanks for any thoughts or advice you can give me.

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