Thursday, February 16, 2012

Longevity in My Bowl of Noodles

Remember the ramen you ate in college or other times of something like poverty because they were so cheap? Japan has those, too, but then they have real deal ramen and udon noodle restaurants that are amazing and not even close to the cheap packaged junk. Of course, the packaged junk exists here in Japan, too, but you can find a crazy array of choices.

I grabbed this one because it was on sale and mentioned something about the start of the year (年明け nen ake / toshi ake). I knew about eating 年越しそば (toshikoshi soba, "year bridging soba noodles") at the end of the year. Turns out, that a few years back a campaign was started by noodle makers to get folks to start eating 年明けうどん (toshi ake udon noodles). I'm not sure how much it caught on because I hadn't heard of it, but even living here some things just don't hit my radar, and I go around very oblivious to much that's going on around me much of the time.

In any case, here's a picture of the toshi ake udon I ate for lunch the other day. The kanji means longevity, and whether they were mean to or not, the little flowers reminded me on a cold day that spring is on the way (OMG, y'all, wait 'till I get to show you the beauty that goes on around here during cherry blossom season - so glad to be blogging again, even if I've been too slammed lately to keep up with reading your blogs, which I will, soon, I promise.).
32/366 - Longevity in My Bowl of Noodles


  1. The little flowers are cute. I can't wait to see the cherry blossoms.

  2. Just one of the many things I loved about Japan...

  3. I love your posts and pics during cherry blossom season. They always have me adding 'Japan during cherry blossom season' to my bucket list.

  4. So glad you're blogging again too, can't wait to see Spring through your lens!

  5. My daughter is in love with your bowl of noodles!! (And so am I.)


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