The Ramen Shaman

September 30, 2013

The Ramen Shaman: Ezo Fukurou Visits America

by Will VanderWyden

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I may have missed the recent LA Ramen Yokocho Fest due to an unavoidable trip to Ohio, but I lucked out into finding out about Mitsuwa Market’s Hokkaido Festival in Torrance.

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September 6, 2013

The Ramen Shaman: Jiro (Kabukicho, Tokyo)

by Will VanderWyden

This was one for the ages.

Jiro is legendary. It’s spawned a slew of imitators, one of which crossed an ocean.

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August 21, 2013

The Ramen Shaman: Bunsuke (Asakusa,Tokyo)

by Will VanderWyden

I went to the future the other day and found this synopsis on an IMDB page from 2018:

A lonely Tokyo ramen shop proprietor secretly pines for a local bar owner and former model.

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July 17, 2013

The Ramen Shaman: Shhh, It’s a Secret!

by Will VanderWyden

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Two years ago, bored at work with nothing better to do but read through American ex-pat ramen journals, I decided to start my own ramen blog.

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June 26, 2013

The Ramen Shaman: Tsujita Annex (LA)

by Will VanderWyden

I’ve written plenty about Tsujita. It is easily the best ramen shop in LA (both their hakata-style tonkotsu and tsukemen dipping ramen) and is, in my opinion, the best shop in America.

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May 16, 2013

The Ramen Shaman: Miso Ramen at Sumire (Sapporo)

by Will VanderWyden

Los Angeles to San Francisco. San Francisco to Tokyo. Tokyo to Sapporo. Plane to train to subway to foot.

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April 24, 2013

The Ramen Shaman: Mr. Ramen (LA)

by Will VanderWyden

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, a man embarked on a quest was to eat at every ramen shop in Los Angeles.

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March 27, 2013

The Ramen Shaman: Men Oh (LA)

by Will VanderWyden

Men Oh hails from Tokushima prefecture on Shikoku Island, the smallest and least populated of Japans’s four main islands.

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February 27, 2013

The Ramen Shaman: Fuunji (Shinjuku)

by Will VanderWyden

On a dull, drizzling day in Tokyo I set out for my second-ever bowl of tsukemen (ramen dipping noodles).

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January 30, 2013

The Ramen Shaman: NoodleCat (Cleveland)

by Will VanderWyden

I was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. Not exactly a ramen mecca, but times change.

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