How to Eat Ramen?

Some of you may know the 1985 movie about ramen called “Tampopo” by director Juzo Itami. It’s a masterpiece that was re-released for the first time in over 30 years in more than 60 theaters across the United States. There’s a scene in the movie where an elderly gourmand, whom everyone calls “sensei,” expounds on the proper way to eat a bowl of ramen. It is a bit of an exaggeration, but we’d like to revisit the sensei’s points here because it perfectly illustrates the love the Japanese have for their bowl of ramen.

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Yasushi Kurita was born in Tokyo. He has spent the last 30 years as a writer for print publications and TV. When he was in college, he spent two years in New York. His favorite band is the Atlanta Rhythm Section, making him one of about 15 Japanese people who actually like that band.