The ramen shop is a not-to-be-missed part of Japan. Just on one block of a major street that I walk every day there are two shops. Not as prevalent as The Convini, the ramen bowl is a popular dish and can be found in several restaurants, Izakyas, and shops. Ramen flavors and varieties depend on the place where you decide to eat. There are cold noodles, hot noodles, soba noodles, udon noodles, Chinese noodles, soy based noodles, sesame based noodles, noodles that you dip in sauce, and noodles that you slurp. And yes--you slurp. Slurping here is a-okay. In fact, its expected. Eating noodles? Drinking soup? Slurp slurp slurp! Kids do it, teenagers do it, parents, adults, businessmen, and grandparents all do it. So get used to it, and even try it yourself. I swear it tastes better when you hear that loooonnngggg slluuuuuuuuurrrrrp.
Please note: I would normally have pictures of the actual ramen. However, I either eat it to fast, or I don't want to be that "white girl" taking pictures of the food. Please accept my apologies.