Ramen shops in Tokyo (and across Japan) are teaming up to provide some much needed aid, in the form of both money and time, to the disaster in the North. For now, all the information is in Japanese. Check the links below if you can read 日本語. The gist is that a lot of shops…

Just a quick update to let people know that everything is fine on my end. I flew to Hong Kong a day before the massive earthquake in Japan, missing out on it completely. Please send good thoughts to those affected- Brian

山手線 A first trip to Tokyo can be daunting. Shinjuku Station, to use the most extreme example, services close to 4 million people every day. A single train from Tokyo Station can take you non-stop to the northern reaches of Aomori; another down south to the island of Kyushu (sorry ramen fans, there still isn’t…

In a typical month, I meet up with 4 or 5 random travelling fans of ramen. Met up with the guys behind Ken Ken Ramen, a new pop up shop in San Francisco. There were mentions of their spicy miso being one of the first to sell out, so we went to my absolute favorite…

At the annual Mitaka Wish Tree, can you spot my wish? Its pretty simple, and I’d wager that it has a chance of success about as close to 100% as you could get. 2010 was an amazing year for ramen. Thank you to everyone who read this site, met up for noodles in Tokyo, gave…

Sorry for the completely un-ramen related post. That’s me in the Santa suit, my motorcycle covered with toys. Every year, my motorcycle club organizes a charity event. We collect toys, load up our bikes with said toys, and ride from Tokyo to orphanages in the surrounding area. The idea of a “Toy Run” is very…

ズームイン!! SUPER I’ve had some interesting ramen adventures in these past couple years. The latest started with an email from a producer at Nihon TV‘s morning show, Zoom In!! Super. It’s a daily, nationwide news program with random segments thrown in the mix. The Maru Q bit takes a topic, asks questions to strangers on…

ラーメンWalker Out of the dozen or so ramen magazines published in Japan, Ramen Walker might be the most famous. The “Walker” name is appended to all manner of things. If you ever live in Japan, I suggest you pick up a your-city-name-here Walker. This year there’s not 1, but 4 for the Tokyo area alone.…