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Only 6 steps (with cute illustrations) and 2 minutes needed to understand the full history of ramen in Japan!

Only 6 steps (with cute illustrations) and 2 minutes needed to understand the full history of ramen in Japan!

April 3, 2019
It all began in Yokohama, a Japanese port city in 1850.

The Chinatown appeared in Yokohama with the opening of the port in 1859. Chinese restaurants were opened one after another by Chinese people who cherishes the taste of their country, and food stalls that offered a simple dish of noodles started to appear mainly in Chinatown.Then boom! This simple dish of noodles (ramen) becomes an iconic japanese dish....

No, wait! There is in fact a history of development for ramen to grow as a nowadays popular dish. Let's break down the history of Japanese ramen in 6 simple steps! Be ready to feel for yourself the inseparable "special" relationship between Japanese people and ramen!

In 1945, the food stalls that offered a dish of noodles started to appear through Japan.

In 1945, the food stalls that offered a dish of noodles started to appear through Japan.
After the war, ramen was eaten a lot as it was cheap to make but it also has a good nutritional value. Ramen was a popular street food as the food stalls traveled around the streets serving the food.
 

In 1950, Miso Ramen appeared.

In 1950, Miso Ramen appeared.
Developed in Sapporo around 1955, "Miso Ramen" using Japanese seasoning "Miso". It quickly became a nationwide popular product , it settled as "standard ramen" lined with soy sauce and salt.
 

In 1958 Andō Momofuku invented instant ramen.

In 1958 Andō Momofuku invented instant ramen.
Nissin Chicken Ramen was released in 1958. From here it is said that the name "ramen" has spread throughout Japan. Then, instant noodles became a world-class hit product along with the "cup noodle" which was released in 1971.
 

In 1980, Tonkotsu ramen (pork bone) boom arrived!

In 1980, Tonkotsu ramen (pork bone) boom arrived!
Around this time Tonkotsu (pork bone) ramen sparked boom around Tokyo. Popular ramen shops such as "Nandencanden" and "Ramen in Kyushu" also opend one after another.
 

In 1998 Local ramen boom sparked!!

In 1998 Local ramen boom sparked!!
Local ramen boom had started since 1998, such as Asahikawa, Wakayama, Tokushima.
Besides that, the recognition of regional ramen, such as Kurume, Onomichi and Hakodate, starts to rise sharply nationwide.
 

To further diversification and new age from 2000.

To further diversification and new age from 2000.
Recent ramen has been further complicated and evolved, such as "W soup" which is a combination of Tonkotsu and dried fish, konbu. The other hand, it things using unique ingredients such as cheese, curry, tomato etc. "Ramen" is a mysterious food that can not be said in one word. We may continue to be fascinated by the infinite possibilities in the ramen.