Don’t worry, these shots are from the first week of the event. There are still plenty of opportunities to have some delicious tsukemen this year. This is what happens when you have great weekend weather and a lot of hungry people in Shinjuku! 売切れ – Urikire –  means sold out! http://dai-tsukemen-haku.com/en http://dai-tsukemen-haku.com/en http://dai-tsukemen-haku.com/en http://dai-tsukemen-haku.com/en

And this is what the entrance looks like. Let me break it down. Be sure you buy your ticket before lining up. One ticket works for any shop. You’ll probably want the blue one. The pink is ladies size (smaller and ladies only), and the yellow one is for a 0% alcohol beer. There are…

Ramen Live Hype Show! We did an hour long Google+ Hangout to promote the upcoming Grand Tsukemen Fest! On hand, some fellow ramen nuts from around the world. We had Ben from Osaka (http://www.friendsinramen.com/), Sam from California (http://www.ramenshop.com/), and Hans from Washington (http://www.theramenrater.com/). With MC George Williams, we also had Tomita-san there to discuss the…

スクール革命 School Revolution. You guessed it, a panel of famous people watch videos and talk about them. Shinoyama-san is the son of a very famous photographer. His character is that of a spoiled school boy at a prestigious university. Yeah, every one of these talents has a specific character. This one was a little strange.…

Announcing the official English page for the 2013 Grand Tsukemen Fest! Now you can see which shops will be serving their signature tsukemen each week of the festival. Warning, this page will make you hungry! Will Tomita, Japan’s #1 ranked tsukemen shop and winner of last year’s Grand Tsukemen Fest, defend their belt? Or will…

知っとこ “Wa-su-a-pu?” Satomi Shigemori’s character is cute and clueless. A well-known idol / talent / bikini model, if you watch TV with any regularity in Japan you should see her face pop up. As always, we took her around to some ramen shops. This time was a double dose of ramen-loving foreigners, with Abram and…

Congratulations to the winners of the 2013 Grand Tsukemen Fest preliminary voting. The winners are from all over the country, so I haven’t been to most of their shops. Stay tuned for a lot more info, but for now . . . Are you hungry? These are the 24 that you can sample at this…