My first taste of Japanese ramen was truly divine! I couldn't believe something so delicious was also so easily affordable. This series of strips really is based on truth. I enjoyed going to a small ramen shop in Shimamoto owned by my student's father. He was a very energetic man that always made me feel welcome. I could literally walk there in three minutes. Dangerous, I know! I didn't go there nearly as often as I should have. For Karl, this is going to be a new hang out spot so expect to see him back at the ramen shop again in the future!
I really didn't know much about ramen when I moved to Japan. It was just the cheap meal you buy at the grocery store, fourty eight packs for a dollar! I remember being so amazed by the taste of actual authentic ramen that it's almost impossible for me to eat any instant brands anymore.