Textbook Tuesday

This movie makes me want to cry →これは泣きたくなる映画です。

That book made me want to travel →あの本を読むと旅に行きたくなった。

Mind Challenge Monday#18

Up close photography

What do you think these things are in the Photos?








Thanks to Bored Panda and Blogger for the Photos!

The last day of ramen week.

No not that picture. This one!

PHOTO WINNER! Congratulations to Miyuki!

Nice one!


We got a chance to go to Nakamoto Ramen today! Celebration!

It was pretty good, My head was sweating!

Silly Saturdays#17

A collection of Schwarzenegger Nissin ramen commercials. Funny stuff! Have a great weekend!

Tampopo-How to enjoy Ramen

This scene from Tampopo is amazing. The English translations are a little different but pretty good.

Do you move the pork to the side for later? Do you tap the pork?

One fine day…

an old man and I
went out for a bite.

He’d studied ramen for 40 years

and said he’d initiate me
into the art.

Sensei, soup or noodles first?

First contemplate the ramen.

Carefully observe the whole bowl

while savoring the aroma.

The jewels of fat
twinkling on the surface…

the menma shoots
glistening with fat…

the nori darkening
with moisture…

the scallions floating on top.

Above all, the stars of the show:

three slices of roast pork,
modestly half submerged.

Now then, with the tips
of your chopsticks…

smooth out the surface
and caress the ramen.

What for?

To express affection.

Then point your chopsticks
at the roast pork.

Go straight for the pork?

No, at this stage merely tap it.

Nudge it lovingly with the tips.

Slowly pick it up

and nestle it
in the broth to the right.

This next part is very important.

l want you quietly
to apologize to the pork.

“Until we meet again.”

“Until we meet again”?

Stupid book!

Makes me hungry for ramen.
– Hang tough.

We’ll be there in two hours.
We can chow down afterwards.


Keep reading.

At last we begin eating,
starting with the noodles.

At this point…

while slurping the noodles,

be sure never to take
your eyes off the pork.

Gaze at it with affection.

The old man
took a bite of menma

and chewed it awhile.

Then he took
a mouthful of noodles.

Then, still chewing the noodles,

he took some more menma.

Only then did he sip the broth.

Three times in succession.

Then he slowly sat up straight.

He sighed and then,
as if making a momentous decision,

took the first slice of pork

and tapped it lightly
on the side of the bowl.

Does that have
some special meaning?

What meaning?
Just draining the liquid off.

– Let’s stop.
– Why?

Your stupid book’s
making me hungry too.


Recommending ramen part 2

Recommending ramen!

1. I think the  soup is more important than the noodles. The spicier the better
2. Soranoiro on “Ramen Street” in Tokyo Station has the best vegetarian ramen in Tokyo. The yuzu and chili soup is so nice.

  1. I think the soup is more important than the noodles. Overall though it depends on the chashu
  2. One of my favorite places is 福氣拉麵 near Daimon stn- google translate says Fortune Ramen.




1.I think soup is more important than noodles.

2. I haven’t gone yet but I really want to go to  蒙古タンメン中本  Mōkotanmen Nakamoto




Ramen recommendations

Ramen recommendations!

I’m a soup base man. I think it’s more important than noodles Ramen has to have a creamy egg and thick chashu.
 Zoot in Kamata has to bet he best ramen I’ve ever tried. The broth is a combination of dashi and tonkotsu



 I have to say the soup base is more important than the noodles. I prefer thick noodles, but the soup base is what makes the ramen.
 I love Marukoya ramen in Otsuka.

Textbook Tuesday

both of us / neither of us :[二人とも]とゆう意味 肯定文であれば Both of us like spring and summer. / 二人とも春と夏が好き。 こちらが否定文の場合 Neither of us like summer or winter. /二人とも夏も冬も好きじゃない。 とNeither も使います。 例(肯定文) Both of us like spicy ramen. / 二人とも辛いラーメンが好きです。 (否定文) Neither of us like milk ramen./二人ともミルクラーメンが好きではない。

Learn English From Movie Quotes!


監督:伊丹十三/Juzo Itami





These noodles are tops. Smooth but chewy.




topsは最高という意味で=the bestです。topの複数形ではなくて、形容詞なので、主語が単数の場合でもtopsのままなので注意してください

例:She is tops in her field.











Ramen Quiz!

Try your luck on this ramen quiz! We scored 40% which is much higher than the usual foreign person! YAY!

  1. What is a popular side dish often ordered with ramen?
  2. What’s the special ingredient that gives ramen it’s special colour and chewy texture?
  3. What’s the thinly sliced pork often added to the top of ramen?
  4. Who invented instant ramen?
  5. What’s the name of that inventor’s company?
  6. What do we call a pale and light ramen made of salt, vegetables, chicken and sea weed?
  7. What’s the name of Juzo Itami’s popular “noodle’ western?
  8. What’s the name of a thick and hearty broth that originated in Hokkaido called?
  9. What’s the name of the clear brown ramen broth flavoured with a ubiquitous Japanese condiment?
  10. What is proper ramen etiquette for eating ramen?
  11. What’s the name of the popular chilled version of ramen eaten in the summertime?
  12. What’s the name of the condiment made from fermented bamboo?
  13. What’s the name of the popular pickled ramen topping?
  14. What is the name of the ramen topping made of white fish which is steamed into small rolls.Thin slices are added to ramen. Some times we should throw them on a bully’s face.