I guess you’d have to count on a ramen museum in Japan. I wonder were the hamburger museum is in America. My friend Miyuki brought me here one weekend. It was really cool. Here are way too many pictures for a webpage.
When we got there I had no idea what to expect so we entered and it looked like your typical non-art museum. Lots of cases with explanations and stuff.
Here are various kinds of instant or semi instant ramen packages. The ones on the top left are from limited edition promotions. If you look closely the one on the back right is Arnold Swartzenegger (sp?)
Here are some different instant ramen noodle types. Can you tell the difference?
Okay. So I thought that was it but the real attraction of this place is in the basement. The bottom two floors are a recreation of old Tokyo I’m assuming around the 1950s or maybe earlier.
|This one is from Kumamoto which is in southern Japan.|
|This one is from Yokohama which is near where I live.|
|This one is from Tokyo.|
|This one is from Kyoto|
|This one is also from Tokyo. I think this is what I usaually eat at the local place.|
We decided to eat at the "special" shop which changes its style each week. This week it was Hokkaido style ramen. It was about a 30 minute wait.
Here is one of the werider things I saw there. It’s soft ice-cream stuffed into a balloon. The way you eat it is you cut the tip off and then suck the ice cream out. It’s hard to do until it gets a little warmer and softer then then it doesn’t stop coming out because the balloon is squeezing it so you’ve got to keep eating.
They have print club (or purikura) machines all over Japan. For $3 they take a picture of you and your friends, composite it with some graphics and then print out about 16 of them each about the size of a small postage stamp. You trade them with friends and put them on letters. They are very popular. Many places have ones with specialized images like pictures of the ramen museum etc. The interesting thing about this machine is it has a plug on the top for a digital camera. That means that if you have a digital camera you can plug it in here to print out your own pictures.