The Ramen (Raumen) Museum was first established in the year 1994 and thus was the first food amusement park in the world. Well not quite an amusement centre though. Situated at near the Shin-Yokohama station, the museum opens daily including national holidays in Japan starting from 11.00am until 10.00pm.
Before entering the museum, here’s a little known story about the ever popular raumen dish in Yokohama. Raumen as a local dish was speedily popularized from Yokohama, Hakodate and Japan’s other port cities to every corner of Japan during the Taisho and Showa eras (mostly during the 20th century. Subsequently, raumen restaurants reproduced some of the recipes from the big port cities and eventually ‘experimented’ with new local tastes and identities. Thus every local boasts its own unique style of raumen and raumen became the national food of Japan.
|This is the entrance of the Ramen Museum|
|Zoom up green bowls of Ramen Museum|
|That's the ticket I bought which costs me 300 yen (approx. RM12.00) and it could be reused to enter the museum again on the same day itself|
The museum is consists of two sections. One is the present and another one is.....at the basement.
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As soon as you enter the basement…….voila!!
The magical and nostalgic mood of the good old days of Showa 33 (1958) was recreated for the visitors.
|Even the skies have been modified to fit the evening mood. Remember this is at the basement.|
The museum is not just about Ramen but also about Japanese culture on the whole.
That is the search and
destroy found station whereby if you lose your belongings, you can claim it back there. Invalid in the museum itself.
|Train ticketing booth showing all the stops (stations) and prices as well. That was in the 50s. Heck their technology is so advanced.|
|Along the 'street' some people were enjoying ramen|
|An old tobacco/cigarette shop|
An old mail box in front of an old house.
|Clothes hanging in the older times|
|A poster ad about white snow brand (Shirayuki (白雪））|
|At the public bath aka Sentou (銭湯). Public bath was(still) popular in Japanese because of lack of space at home for bathroom except for toilet.|
|Old locker at the public bath|
|Visitors buying some sweets|
|That's me as a proof of my visit to the Ramen Museum|
Night clubs in the olden times. Well just the front part. It is not accessible actually
|And this is School for Adult （oto na no gakkou) well not really though, it is actually a 'school' for Adults only...well you know with the red cloth hanging there..|
On the left, that's the undergarments well in front of a prostitution center and on the right, is an entrance to a club
|A Japanese small guardian post for praying|
|making a 'phonecall' in the old telephone booth|
|An old Japanese Police Outpost (Koban)|
|An old Coca Cola Drink dispenser, could be in the 70s perhaps. I don't think it is also from the 50s but this machine is still working and as you can see, they are selling a bottle of coca cola for 200 yen (RM8.00)|
|An old red scooter, not sure if it's still working? Brand looks like Suzuki?|
And now entering the Ramen shop section.
Basically raumen or ramen is all about the soup and topping recipes. Soup recipes ranges from miso soup, soya sauce soup as well as tonkotsu. Toppings usually involve hard-boiled eggs, pork, seaweed, chicken and so forth. In this museum there are 9 kinds of famous recipes (or styles) to be chosen; Toride (Tokyo), Taiho (Kurume), Ideshoten (Wakayama), Ganjya (Saitama), Komurasaki (Kumamoto), Eki (Sapporo), Ryushanhai (Yamagata), Shinasobaya (Yokohama) and last but not least Nidaimegenkotsuya (Tokyo).
Most of the ramen restaurants in the museum are long established institutions from different region of Japan. For example ‘Ryushanhai’ was run by the same family for three generations (50 years) in Yamagata prefecture. .
How do you feel when looking at this photo? These are all in the basement. To make this trip more interesting, it is highly recommended that you visit the museum with Yukata.
|Panoramic View of the Ramen outlets around|
|That's my big (largest) Bowl of Tonkotsu ramen from Komurasaki. This bowl cost me 800 yen (Approx RM32.00)|
|And we finished the whole bowl CLEAN! That was sooo delicious! おいしかった！！|
That's the end of the Showa Era section of Ramen (Raumen) Museum. I would like to thank my two friends (Ramen King and Ramen Queen) who have brought me to this wonderful museum.