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No.251 (1/10/14)

Cup Noodles Museum

By Emiko S.
Staff Writer

Cup Noodles are all over the world now. It is known for its taste, ease and convenience. Cup Noodles is a brand of instant ramen noodle snack manufactured by Nissin (pronounced NISSHIN), packaged in a foam food container, hard plastic or paper cup. Other brand names are used in specific countries, such as Cup Noodle in Japan. Cup Noodles was first sold in Japan in September 1958. At the beginning of Cup Noodles, the only flavor was chicken noodle. The founder of Cup Noodles "Momofuku Ando" wanted people all over the world to enjoy eating Cup Noodles. Through trial and error, and experimenting with many processes, he made his dream come true. His invention of this instant noodle meal became an integral part of Japanese fast food culture that has spread all over the world. It is loved by everyone who has been in a hurry for a quick and convenient snack, savior of bachelors and students, and businessmen on the road. Now there are many brands and hundreds and hundreds of varieties derived from that first cup of chicken noodles - beef, chicken, pork, fish, shrimp, mixed vegetables, tempura, kimchee, chili, tomato, and just about any flavor you could imagine.
Now, over a half-century from its marketing debut, there is actually a Cup Noodles Museum where you can learn about this wonderful invention, Cup Noodles, the invention that has affected the eating habit of all peoples of the world. Not only learning about it, but also you can make, play, cook, eat, watch and buy Cup Noodles at this amazing museum in Yokohama in Kanagawa prefecture.
The museum consists of an exhibition section, a theater and a section for attractions. Here is a brief description of these sections:
Instant Ramen History Cube - The history of Cup Noodles started with chicken ramen. On display are packages organized in a chronological lineup of over 3000 different packages dating from over a half-century ago to present.
Momofuku Theater - The Momofuku Theater with "Momofuku TV" which depicts Momofuku's turbulent life and his achievement of his marvelous invention with computer generated animation in a 14-minute movie. You can get voice narration devices for English, Chinese and Korean at the ticket office at the first floor.
Momofuku's Work Shed - This is a faithful recreation of the work shed where Chicken Ramen, the world's first instant ramen was invented. There is a message here. Momofuku didn't use any special tools, he only used ordinary equipment. This goes to show that you can invent and create with simple tools as long as you have ideas and the determination.
Creative Thinking Box - Ando Momofuku was always curious and creative, and thinking pf things that no one else had ever thought of. He manifested his adventurous ideas into reality one after another. There are 6 boxes in this attraction. You can experience Ando Momofuku's thinking and get a hint to create and invent things like Momofuku did by playing inside these boxes.
Box 1, Find things that don't exist
Box 2. Get hints from everything.
Box 3. Share your idea.
Box 4. See things from different and various points of view.
Box 5. Free your person from "common sense."
Box 6. Never give up
Ando Momofuku History - A display of Ando Momofuku's life history with historical background and cute images in a 58-meter panoramic view that traces the history of the man who dedicated his life to food with links to keywords from the creative thinking boxes.
Chicken Ramen Factory - You can make chicken ramen here. Start with kneading the wheat flour, rolling out the ramen dough, steaming it, flavoring it and then drying it with the hot oil drying method. After experiencing the process that led to the invention of the world's first instant ramen, you can take your freshly-made ramen with you and enjoy its delicious taste at home. Reservations are required by e-mail or phone
Participation fee
Elementary school children: 300 yen / Junior high school and up: 500 yen My Cup Noodles Factory - You can make original Cup Noodles in this factory. Choose from among 4 different flavor soups, pick 4 toppings among 12 kinds of ingredients and put them into the cup you designed by yourself. Altogether, there are 5,460 flavor combinations.
Participation fee: 1 serving is 300 yen
Cup Noodles Park - You can experience the production process of making cup noodles by going through this athletic park pretending be a cup noodles and going through the gamut of production stages. At the end of this athletic course, you will be a cup noodles in good condition for shipment!
Participation fee
Sessions are scheduled in 30-minute time slots: 300 yen
*Activity time is 25 minutes
*From 3-year-old child to elementary school students
Noodle Bazaar - Ando Momofuku traveled all over the world to eat the world's noodles and get ideas and hints for his Cup Noodles invention. In this place designed like an Asian night market you can eat many kind of ramen. They serve half-size servings of ramen for 300 yen. You can try any ramen you want!
Museum shop - They carry original goods and limited goods of Cup Noodle museum. "Cup Noodle Form" and "Cup Noodle Matryoshka" are designed by Ooki Sato of nendo.
They also sell Cup Noodle original notes, cups, glass, dishes and T-shirts. Those items make great souvenirs!

Cup Noodles Museum admission fee
Fee: Adult 500yen
Under high school students are free
Time: 10:00 - 18:00
Closed: Every Tuesday, Dec 30th, 2013 - Jan 1st, 2014

Directions
By train
・8 minute walk from the Minatomirai line Minatomirai Station
・8 minute walk from the Minatomirai line Bashamichi Station
・12 minute walk from the JR/Shieichikatetsu Sakuragicho Station By bus
・Near to the Tourist spot round-trip bus Akai kotsu bus Kokusaibashi CUPNOODLES MUSEUM-mae stop
・3 minute walk from the Minatomirai 100 yen bus World Porters stop
*The Minatomirai 100 yen bus runs only on weekends and holidays.
By car
・5 minutes from the Minatomirai interchange of the Kanagawa Route 1 Yokohane Line
Parking
Spaces: 40
Fee: First hour free with museum ticket purchase, 250 yen every 30 minutes after first hour.
Hours of operation: 9:00-19:00
Visitors arriving by bus
There is a free bus boarding area on the museum grounds.
Groups visiting by bus are asked to make their own parking arrangements.
*Museum parking is limited. It is recommended to come by public transportation or when coming by car to park at a nearby paid parking facility.
*The parking facility exit closes at 19:00.
*Parking is not available on museum holidays.

This is a very enjoyable interactive museum for young children to adults. When you have a chance to go to Tokyo, stop by there too. Kanagawa is not too far from downtown of Tokyo.
More information: http://www.cupnoodles-museum.jp/english/index.html


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