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Shinpuku-saikan / Excellent Ramen Noodles in Kyoto, Japan



Many people love ramen noodles in Japan. Recently, I had a great one in Kyoto.

It was at Shinpuku-saikan which is located near the Takabashi (the Takakura Kosen Bridge)

in JR Kyoto Station area. It has more than 70 years of history.

The ramen noodles there were excellent, and I loved them!



a long line in front of the ramen noodle shop, Shinpuku Saikan


Last time when I visited there, there was a long line and I had to wait more than 30 minutes.

I had to catch a train on that day and I couldn't eat it. This time, there was no line luckily,

so I got into the restaurant without waiting and I was able to enjoy the ramen noodles.



Ramen noodles at the Shinpuku saikan in Kyoto

The noodles of the Shinpuku-saikan is known for the dark soy sauce base ramen.

It looks similar to the ramen noodles from Toyama called "Black ramen".

I ordered a bowl of the ramen noodles with extra chopped scallions

and a raw egg on the top, and a dish of fried rice.


On a Japanese TV show, I saw that people were talking about how people from Kyoto like eating anything with thick sauce and a strong flavor. The soup of the ramen noodles I had were lighter with less flavor than I expected.



the fried rice at Shinpuku-saikan

The fried rice was amazing too. I tasted the roasted soy sauce flavor and I liked it so much.


I heard that their ramen noodles and fried rice can be purchased online

and/or at convenience stores.


This was my first time eating at a restaurant where people wait in line just to eat there.

The ramen noodles and the fried rice at Shinpuku-saikan were amazing,

so I understand why people wait in to eat there.


If you have a chance to visit Kyoto and you like ramen noodles,

Shinpuku-saikan is a highly recemmended ramen noodle shop.


*If you don't like waiting in line,

I suggest you to visit there around 4 pm to 5 pm, before it gets very busy.



Having ramen noodles on the mountain


Random thoughts


In the story of this week's morning drama, "Manpuku", which is based on the true story of Momofuku Ando, the founder of Nissin Food Products Co. Ltd. and the inventor of instant ramen noodles, the main character of the drama has successfully invented the instant ramen noodles. It looks like it is reaching a climax of the story.


When I go hiking, I often see people making the instant ramen noodles in the mountains.
A friend in the photograph above also dreamed of making one at the summit. She had even prepared a boiled egg and some vegetables as toppings for her ramen noodles.


I don't cook on mountains. I was just flying a drone around there while nibbling biscuits.

Increase basal metabolism by high percentage cacao chocolate 


Beauty and health

After watching NHK's morning show last year, I started to eat high percentage cacao chocolate. In the show that day, the theme was how to increase basal metabolism, and they introduced that in order to increase basal metabolism, it is important to improve liver function. According to a liver specialist who appeared in the show, unexpectedly, you should eat high percentage cacao chocolate to improve liver function. Because high percentage cacao chocolate contains remarkably more polyphenol than any other food, and its anti-oxidizing effect protects liver from active oxygen.


He recommended that you should eat 25 grams per day.


Also, high percentage cacao chocolate not only increases liver function but also increases good cholesterol and decreases bad cholesterol. Come to think of it, I have heard that cacao was useful as a medicine in the past. If you feel that your basal metabolism drops or have a high bad cholesterol level, it might be worth trying out. (H.S)


I eat 86 percent cacao chocolate but even 72 percent one is also effective.


For detailed information, read here by Meiji Co., Ltd.

First Snow Public Holiday in Bhutan



February 5th, 2018

*The photograph above was taken on February 5th, 2018 in Fukui City.


In Fukui City, we usually have so much snow and it's very cold during winter, but it's nothing like the usual winter this year. As a person from Fukui City, I feel that it's strange not to have snow but to have the warm weather around this time of the year.



first snowfall of 2018 in Bhutan on December 18th

This is a photograph that the poster girl of Bhutan Museum Fukui, Ms. Sonam Choki sent to me. She told me that they had the first snow of the year in Bhutan, and she took the photograph.

In Bhutan, when they have the first snowfall of the year, it becomes the national holiday. Most of the public places such as schools, government offices, banks and so on are closed.

She thought that she was going to have a day off. On that day, it was a day of her Japanese lesson and she was supposed to go to the Japanese school. In the school, everything is scheduled based on Japanese calendar, so the school wasn't closed.


On February 5th, it was the Bhutanese New Year, Losar. The date of the New Year changes every year.


Sonam Choki in front of the poster of Bhutan Museum Fukui
Sonam Choki and the founder of Bhutan Museum Fukui, Genji Nosaka

*The 2 photographs above were taken when Ms. Sonam Choki stayed in Fukui City last year.


I asked Ms. Sonam Choki to send me photographs of what she was doing on the New Year.



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bhutanese food
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She said that she enjoyed eating with her sister. She didn't go to her parents house this year because she was very busy with her school and she stayed in Thimphu where she goes to school. She said she would enjoy it more if she was in her hometown.


I wish everyone in Bhutan very Happy New Year 2019!



Fragile life of digital data


Random thoughts


I found that the short animation that I made a long time ago was unable to play, so I converted the data format into a new one to see it again.


Pictures drawn on rocks can be seen after tens of thousands of years, paper or clothes may last for a thousand years, and phonograph records and pre-recorded tapes are good for several decades. The newer a media is, the shorter the life of it becomes.


Digital data can be seen only a few years. In terms of leaving a legacy for the future, the vast amount of the data that being accumulated every day might not be useful.