The Ramen City is in Aqua City so that was my first stop. Stepping in, I realized it was just another shopping mall but I obligatory took some shots to show you guys.
It is also quite old, with winding shopping corridors, generic brands and dimly lighted “grey” areas.
The Ramen haven is on the 5th floor so I had to walk quite a bit.
At the entrance.
I felt like I walking walking into a ramen village or something!
Along the walls were ads of the ramen shops with some pictures of happy diners. But no picture could beat the one of the kid below!
Unfortunately for me, every damn thing was in Japanese, the menu, the descriptions and even the shops’ service staff doesn’t speak English.
Think of this Ramen City as a ramen foodcourt where every stall offers a different type of ramen; a specialty of their own.
I couldn’t read nor make out anything and walked a few rounds eyeing the diners’ bowls on their table! It was around 1pm when I was there so business was brisk. I had expected to see a lot of tourists but funnily enough, 90% of the diners were local.
Well, that probably gave more assurance to me that the ramen here is good! But the problem was making a choice. I can only eat ONE bowl of ramen so how??
I walked and walked around the 7 – 8 stalls and repetitively stared at the pictures. Some looked the same, some looked too ordinary and some were unclear – soup or dry?
In the end hunger took over and I just ordered one that has PORK AND EGG.
Once payment (700 Yen – RM28) is made at the counter, I was given a device that will beep when my order is ready.
Meanwhile, find a seat and help yourself to the free water dispenser.
When my device beeped, I went to the counter to collect my ramen. Here you can add seaweed, chilli powder, chilli oil etc.
I would have prefered a soupy one but my order turned out to be a dry one. Trust me, the pictures doesn’t help as it shows the top of the bowls with ingredients but I can’t tell for sure if it’s dry or soupy.
Ah well, time to dig in!
Break the yolk!
It was tasty but it got saltier as I got to the bottom of the bowl. Well, you are supposed to mix everything up and eat but the bottom “sauce” was so salty that it was lucky I didn’t.
But this was certainly a type of ramen preparation that I haven’t tried before. Googling for more information (in English!), I couldn’t find much facts about my “Hakata umaimon festival” ramen. Anyone that could shed some light on this is much appreciated!
After eating, you will have to bring your tray with the bowl back to the stall you ordered from.
Sated, I went to look for the famous Rainbow Bridge, the Statue of Liberty and so forth for the customary touristy pictures.
Next I decided to get a closer shot. Which inevitably leads in more walking.
And I’m here!
Shot of me and Statue of Liberty Odaiba, Japan – CHECK!
I moved on to “collect” more touristy shots.
In my opinion, the Fuji Television building doesn’t really have much going on. The ride up the escalator at its side was an experience but that’s about it. I believe you have to pay to go in and walk within the building.
I lost a bit of weight in Japan. You can guess why huh?
Touristy pictures at the entrance of the escalator – CHECK!
Up we go!
View you ask? It wasn’t much of a view la.. just the Odaiba city lorrr….
I got a nice shot of the Ferris Wheel though. And if you can’t guess, the Venus Fort is another shopping mall.
Reaching the very top of the escalator is the ground entrance to the Fuji TV building. You have to crane your neck to look up at the golden globe. I think staring at it from far away is far better for the neck.
For retail, there’s a few coffee shops, F Island (presumably F for Fuji) and this rather cute Chuggington Shop.
Bored, I went down.
By now it was 4 -5 pm and the sun is going down. I waited patiently for the night shot of the Rainbow Bridge as everyone told me it’s very beautiful. But even the Fuji TV building looked resplendent as the sun sets.
While waiting for it to go completely dark, I walked over to the Gundam statue area which is near the Diver City mall.
I have no idea what this is!
But everyone knows this right??
I’m not a fan, but I’m a tourist remember? So here’s my shot with Gundam!
There was this large open space area with lots of modified cars and loud music booming. Tokyo Drift came to mind! Too bad they weren’t racing!
Then I headed back to the Rainbow Bridge. It was raining by now so on top of being tired, I was cold and hungry but without any appetite. I finally bought my first drink at the Japan’s famous vending machines. 120 Yen is RM4.50.
Cool yes? I’m always amazed and I have mentioned this many times to the people I met in Japan and back here in KL. These vending machines are everywhere; in dark alleys, in carparks, in subways stations and sometimes just in the middle of nowhere. But every single one stays in perfect condition. It really demonstrated the mentality and culture of the people of Japan.
Finally after 30 or more shots in the rain, holding my Sony NEX F3 as steady as possible in Aperture mode with the highest ISO, I got my best shot of the Rainbow Bridge with the Statue of Liberty in the foreground!
Here’s another one from a different spot.
I could finally head home!
I took the train from Odaiba station as that was the station closest to this area. Remember how I came down at Odaiba earlier today but was told to take the train to Aomi instead? Seriously, communication in Japan is challenging if you do not know Kenji. I mean I did survived my trip, but knowing Japanese does help.
I tapau-ed a very nice burger from Kua’ aina that was highly recommended by my friend Chong. It cost me 1080 Yen = RM40. Kua’aina proudly proclaim that they serves the WORLD’s best burgers since 1975. Being a burger addict, how could I resist??
I should have eaten it there but like I said, I was cold, exhausted and hungry without an appetite. But Kua’aina burgers are only available in Odaiba city and I know I won’t be back in this area anytime soon so I packed my burger back to the hostel.
If you are my FB friend, you would have known about how my burger was stolen from the fridge in my hostel. But more on that later. If there were any consolation, I did managed to take ONE bite that night before I went to bed. But thank you everyone; my kind FB friends who took the trouble to leave comforting comments to console me.
The trials and tribulations of my Japan trip. It was an adventure EVERYDAY!