The Ramen Shaman

October 27, 2014

The Ramen Shaman: Jiraiya (Suzumenomiya)

by Will VanderWyden

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Fall has arrived in Tokyo and with it an indefatigable sense of nostalgia, or natsukashisa.

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September 8, 2014

The Ramen Shaman: Menya Musashi (Shinjuku)

by Will VanderWyden

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Menya Musashi’s namesake is one Miyamoto Musashi, regarded as one of Japan’s greatest swordsmen and creator of the two-handed swordfighting technique niten-ryu, which translates to “Tarantino Wet Dream.” According to legend he never lost a duel in over 50 years as a wandering warrior — which I am inclined to believe since back then you could embellish a dragon killing into a story at will.

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June 16, 2014

The Ramen Shaman: Gundam (Kyoto)

by Will VanderWyden

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My trip to Kyoto was awesome for many reasons. Temples, new friends, raw nature, or scenes like this one, just three boys feeding hawks like a flock of seagulls.

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April 30, 2014

The Ramen Shaman: Nagahama Ramen Miyoshi (Kyoto)

by Will VanderWyden

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It’s no secret that I have a massive man-crush on Ramenate, a ramen blog written by a guy named Nate.

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April 9, 2014

The Ramen Shaman: Yoshimura-ya (Yokohama)

by Will VanderWyden

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On Sunday, April 6, my picture and story was in the Kanagawa edition of the Yumiuri Shimbun, one of Japan’s three biggest newspapers (yes only the local Kanagawa edition… but still).

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March 21, 2014

The Ramen Shaman: Ichiran (Shimokitazawa)

by Will VanderWyden

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Oh Ichiran. I was very anti-you for a long time because of your bizarre seating arrangement.

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February 28, 2014

The Ramen Shaman: Nagi (Golden Gai)

by Will VanderWyden

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Nagi, Nagi, Nagi. This one’s been near the top of my ever-expanding ramen bucket list for a long time.

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February 12, 2014

The Ramen Shaman: Koshin (Nishi-Shinjuku)

by Will VanderWyden

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My new neighborhood in Tokyo is called Yayoicho, just a mile west of Shinjuku, one of the biggest entertainment and nightlife spots on planet earth.

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January 29, 2014

The Ramen Shaman Moves to Tokyo

by Will VanderWyden

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I’m on my longest trip to Tokyo yet. I moved here! They granted me a one year visa, and I’ve been here for twelve days now.

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October 30, 2013

The Ramen Shaman: Chibiscus (Hollywood)

by Will VanderWyden

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Last week a reader asked if I had tried Chibiscus. Apparently it had been compared to Tsujita — a bold statement.

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