September 21, 2015

Noraneko Ramen in PDX

by yoko


Kayoko and I rolled into Portland at around 3pm from Seattle during the first days of summer — and Portland delivered on their end of the summer deal.

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August 31, 2015

Richmen Redux: Ramen Shop’s NEW Noodle-Making Machine from Japan

by yoko


Remember when the Ramen Shop guys brought the 500 pound Richmen, the massive ramen noodle making machine to Umami Mart back in October 2012?!

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May 28, 2015

Umami Map: 24 Hours in Osaka

by Kayoko

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Growing up, I would visit Japan about once every two years or so. It would always be to see our extended family, who all lived in the Tokyo area.

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January 22, 2015

Furochan Eats: Ramen Is Not Dead. It’s Just Getting Started

by Furo-chan


Sometime last week, Dave Chang of Momofuku fame declared ramen dead (in the States). You can read his diatribe in its entirety over at Lucky Peach, but he makes several ludicrous claims there, including, “Access to instantaneous information from the Internet has killed innovation in ramen,” “Ramen was always a fringe pursuit in Japan” and, most absurd of all, “Ramen is not supposed to be about shared experiences; ramen is food for those who don’t want to be part of the mainstream.”

This is, of course, a whole crock of horse shit.

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October 27, 2014

The Ramen Shaman: Jiraiya (Suzumenomiya)

by Will VanderWyden


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


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 23, 2014

Umami Mart Map: The Chronicles of Nagoya

by yoko

Kishimen Sumiyoshi Sansai

Instead of reaching there via a Wardrobe route, Nagoya is about a two-hour bullet train ride from Tokyo.

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June 16, 2014

The Ramen Shaman: Gundam (Kyoto)

by Will VanderWyden


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


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


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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