First, I gotta give props to my friends at Sun Noodle for hooking me up with the golden ticket! Second, thank you Mikawaya Seimen for making me feel like a kid again. To be able to tour the factory of one of the biggest noodle makers in Japan is something I never believed would ever be possible. My jaw was dropped the entire time.
It began with our rep, Hoshi-san, picking us up at the station and driving us to the factory. (Btw, we use Mikawaya Seimen noodles at Bassanova.)
Where he led us into a door that basically says 'no normal people allowed.' I always knew I wasn't normal. haha. Then we spent the next two hours speaking with the president, Miyauchi 社長, as he gave us a personal tour of his factory. All I have to say is wow! I learned so much today and it was definitely an experience I'll never forget. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
As one would expect, I wasn't able to take any pictures inside of the factory due to the secrecy of the profession...that is...aside from the men's urinal. Hey, at least I now have proof I was actually in the building! haha.
Afterwards, we still had some time before work so Shuga and I decided to check out Menbu Kotatsu in Shinjuku.
They have a 参った ramen plaque!
Shuga got the shoyu to help heal his battle wounds.
I got the famed miso.
I was blown, but not blown away.
There's still nothing like miso ramen from the Sumire honten in Sapporo.
Hey look! There's a samurai at the bottom of the bowl...