Organized by the Nippon Ramen Association, the annual Tokyo Ramen Show returns this autumn for an 11-day festival celebrating one of Japan’s most famous culinary exports. Taking place at Komazawa Olympic Park, the 10th anniversary show is shaping up to be this year’s go-to event for ramen enthusiasts. Already boasting the accolade of being the biggest ramen-related event in Japan, Tokyo Ramen Show hopes to use the event to help further the noodle dish’s diffusion across the globe.
What’s on offer?
The event is split over two periods - the first from Oct 25 to 30, and the second from Oct 31 to Nov 4. Offering 18 different varieties of ramen per period, the show is serving up a whopping 36 different varieties of the dish. These dishes serve as a culinary tour of the country; the show aims to allow visitors to enjoy a taste of each corner of Japan through the many bowls available. If that’s not enough, the organizers are offering up a special collaboration ramen, concocted by famous ramen outlets from across the country, that can only be sampled at the event.
Entry is free; however tickets to be be exchanged for a bowl of ramen must be purchased. One ticket is 850 yen and can be bought on the day or in advance from 7-Eleven stores. A special discounted set of five can also be bought from 7-Eleven for 4,000 yen.
Not just the food
In addition, to provide some entertainment, Tokyo Ramen Show is offering up two of what it calls its “special supporters” -- idol groups to help add some extra spice to the event. This year, Full Power Girls R and Chubbiness are taking the main stage. To get a taste of who to expect, you can watch them taking a special ramen-related exam in two videos on Tokyo Ramen Show’s official website.
Warm your stomachs and hearts this October with a trip to Tokyo Ramen Show and maybe discover something new about your favorite dish.
When: October 25 to November 4
Time: 10:00 to 21:00 (11/4 ends at 18:00)
Where: Komazawa Olympic Park Central Plaza, Komazawa Koen 1-1, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
Cost: Entry is free. One ticket is 850 yen.
Official website: http://www.ramenshow.com/index.html© Japan Today