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    Dine Back in Time At the Shinyokohama Ramen Museum

    The Shinyokohama Ramen Museum in Yokohama offers a dining experience set in a 1950s small town. Photo courtesy of Daisuke Ishizuka.

    Author: Daisuke Ishizuka Ramen is a popular food for Japanese. It originally came from China but has been developing in Japan, and now it has become one of the best Japanese dishes. The Shinyokohama Ramen Museum was opened in Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture in 1994. Visitors can study what Ramen is, the history of Ramen, and see various Donburi (bowl for Ramen), etc. However, I always go straight to the basement level instead of the museum floor. The ground floor was the built in the image of a Japanese town in 1958, and, because it was built by Toho Eizo Bijutsu Co., Ltd., it almost seems as if I could enter the set of an old Toho movie. Their design art, modeling and aging techniques are great and excellent. There is a movie theater which is screening THE MYSTERIANS (it is not an actual theater); I want to see the movie if I could get in there. There are eight or nine Ramen restaurants on the floor and diners can enjoy Ramen there. Basically, five are regular restaurants, while the others periodically change. This means that we can enjoy various types of Ramen there. Ramen is my favorite food and I want to enjoy two types of Ramen, but my stomach is not tough enough to do that. I can eat one Ramen only. This is enjoyable place for Tokusatsu fans if you are not interested in eating Ramen.

    After dinner, imagine seeing Toho`s THE MYSTERIANS during its original theatrical run. Photo courtesy of Daisuke Ishizuka.
    Movie posters and lobby cards adorn the faux theater. Photo courtesy of Daisuke Ishizuka.
    Photo courtesy of Daisuke Ishizuka.
    Photo courtesy of Daisuke Ishizuka.
    Poster art featuring the cast of THE MYSTERIANS. Photo courtesy of Daisuke Ishizuka.
    Photo courtesy of Daisuke Ishizuka.


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