The first floor of the Ramen Museum is pretty awesome, very educational. Unfortunately, almost none of it was in English, and I didn’t want to make Sam and Yuka translate every single panel for me. There were enough things I could understand, though, things about regional specialties and ingredients, about the first ramen vendors, things like that. But the first floor of the Ramen Museum is pretty small – for a moment I was disappointed, and then I realized we had only paid 300 yen to get in, and it was certainly worth 300 yen, after all – and then Yuka said, “Now we go downstairs.” Oh, right! There was some kind of food court downstairs, that much I had gathered.

But “food court” doesn’t really begin to describe what was waiting for us. To be continued!