Sunday, April 1, 2012


Today, 90 billion servings of instant ramen are consumed each year around the world.  But did you know the inventor of instant ramen noodle is Japanese?  In September 2011, Cupnoodles Museum was open in Minatomirai area, Yokohama.

You can see, touch, play, eat, and experience Cup noodles, and even can learn about Creative Thinking of the founder of Nission Food Products, Momofuku Ando.

The museum is very popular now and needs reservations or numbered tickets for some special attractions. 

This is Instant Noodles History Cube.  There are more than 3,000 product packages lined up with years.

Instant noodles sold overseas.  You should find one you eat in your countries.

And he is the father of Instant Ramen noodles, Momofuku Ando born in 1910.  He invented the world's first instant ramen in 1958.

He wanted to provide easy cooking food with consumers.  He tried to make quickly making ramen at home by just adding hot water.  For that, the products must be preservable and convenient. 

He repeated trial and error experiments every day, and one day he finally found instant drying method by deep frying when he saw his wife was cooking. 

He also invested space noodle "Space Ram" for NASA in 2005.

After the invention, when he traveled America, he found supermarket managers breaking up the ramen noodle in a bag, putting them in a cup, pouring in hot water, and eating with a fork.  This leads to the birth of the world's first Cupnoodles in 1971. 

In the museum, you can also make your own Cupnoodle in "MY Cupnoodles Factory."

Here, you paint on your own cup, choose your own seasoning and toppings, then pack it.  On this day (Sunday), the numbered tickets are already had distributed at 14:00. Even if you could get the tickets, you might have to wait for hours.  For this attraction, you should visit earlier in the morning, or visit on weekdays. 

        See this is your own Cupnoodle.

The gift shop is also full of people.

 One of nice gifts is this one.  3 best noodles out of production.  You can buy those reproduced noodles only in this shop.  The seasoning is 1. Salt with olive oil, 2. Spicy Curry, and 3. Pork with scallop.    

The museum admission for adults is 500 yen (tax included), and for high school age children and younger are admitted free.  Some facilities within the museum require separate admission.


Experience Japan!

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