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Ichiran releases its first-ever instant ramen! Japan’s famous tonkotsu ramen chain makes dreams come true with instant cup noodles 20 years in the making. You can enjoy a wide variety of ramen in Japan, but for many, nothing beats the hearty, reliable flavor of Ichiran. Specialising in tonkotsu pork bone broth ramen, this popular chain often has lines out the door and down the street, but now you can skip the queue because Ichiran has just announced they’ve developed their first-ever instant ramen! This is huge news for ramen fans, especially now during the pandemic when so many people are opting to eat at home. It’s been a long time coming as well, as Ichiran says they’ve spent 20 years developing the new product, to ensure both the broth and noodles deliver the same high quality and flavor as their in-store offerings, which diners have come to know and love. These are the first instant cup noodles in Ichiran’s 60-year-long history. Unlike a lot of instant noodles on the market, this new offering doesn’t include lots of extra toppings, as Ichiran says it wants diners to enjoy the true flavor of their noodles. That’s why each serving contains only noodles, broth, and the chain’s original secret red sauce. A lot of detail has gone into perfecting the recipe, as diners will be given not one but two packs of ingredients to make the broth–one powder and one liquid–which is said to create a rich, deep flavor and smooth mouthfeel. In addition, it contains a specially flavored oil to enhance the taste and aroma of the ramen. The golden broth is said to deliver bagfuls of delicious tonkotsu flavor. Ichiran is well-known for their long, straight noodles, a hallmark of Hakata-style ramen, named after the city where both tonkotsu and Ichiran originated. The instant version uses custom-made non-fried noodles that are straight and contain a moreish wheat flavor. These custom noodles are in a league of their own compared to other varieties on the market. The new Ichiran Tonkotsu cup ramen will be on sale in Japan from 15 February at convenience stores, supermarkets, Ichiran stores, and online. Priced at 490 yen (US$4.64) https://youtu.be/bozowRdAP4I
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Mystery “nail house” discovered in Japan One of the country’s most unusual property locations. Ever since Google started capturing the Earth from above and sharing its images with the world online, people have been making unusual discoveries about the neighborhoods they live in. Recently, this sky-high perspective unearthed yet another odd discovery, this time in Japan’s Aichi Prefecture. Google images show a building perched upon a high landing, surrounded on all sides by what appears to be a mine. The images were recently shared on Twitter, where they sparked up a discussion over the why, what, where and hows of the mystery building. “This looks like the last stronghold of an old castle fortress.” “It’s a secret research facility for the Earth Defence Force. In the basement of that house, an ancient monster, an apostle, or AKIRA is sleeping at a very low temperature.” “Is it really okay to live on a spot like this? Wouldn’t it be dangerous in heavy rain?” “How is this possible? I’d love to know the story behind this.” “Could it be a shrine? That could explain why it’s undisturbed.” “I think it’s more likely the owner didn’t agree to land acquisition.” While the shrine theory was a good one, it was dismissed online as people confirmed this was a building that looked more like a home. Some wondered if there could be some sort of land dispute involved, with people likening the look of it to the “nail houses” seen in China. “Nail houses”, known as “dingzihu” in Mandarin, are so-called as they can be seen standing alone, poking up out of newly developed areas. This happens when homeowners refuse to accept offers of relocation or compensation from developers who want to demolish their homes, and the construction goes up around them anyway, leaving them to stick out like a defiant nail on the developed landscape. While it’s likely that the house in Aichi may have a similar “nail house” backstory, one Twitter user noticed that Google images showed the site has looked like this for a while now, which throws up another plausible theory–that the owner of the land lives in the house, having leased or sold the land around it for clay mining. There are a number of clay mines in the area, due to the fact that this location, in Aichi’s Seto, is one of the country’s most famous regions for pottery production. Seto-yaki (Seto ware) has been produced in this area since the 13th Century, and is so revered it was named one of the Six Ancient Kilns of Japan in the 1900s, a recognition reserved for only the best kilns in the country. Pottery is such an important industry for Seto it’s home to the Aichi Prefectural Ceramics Museum, located just a short seven-minute drive away from the mystery building. According to online chatter, though, most people believe the building is likely to be a Japanese “nail house”. After all, over at Narita Airport, a man called Takao Shito has been living–and farming–in between runways, after he refused a cash offer of 180 million yen (US$1.7 million) to leave his farm to make way for the airport’s expansion. For now, though, the story behind the Aichi nail house remains a mystery. That is, until we can get one of our reporters down there to get to the bottom of the matter, like we did with this mystery plot of land cutting through a supermarket in Saitama Prefecture.

Shot Out to @konnichiwa aka jodyhighroller and Thanks again as always for the wire Support!

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Ichiran releases its first-ever instant ramen! Japan’s famous tonkotsu ramen chain makes dreams come true with instant cup noodles 20 years in the making. You can enjoy a wide variety of ramen in Japan, but for many, nothing beats the hearty, reliable flavor of Ichiran. Specialising in tonkotsu pork bone broth ramen, this popular chain often has lines out the door and down the street, but now you can skip the queue because Ichiran has just announced they’ve developed their first-ever instant ramen! This is huge news for ramen fans, especially now during the pandemic when so many people are opting to eat at home. It’s been a long time coming as well, as Ichiran says they’ve spent 20 years developing the new product, to ensure both the broth and noodles deliver the same high quality and flavor as their in-store offerings, which diners have come to know and love. These are the first instant cup noodles in Ichiran’s 60-year-long history. Unlike a lot of instant noodles on the market, this new offering doesn’t include lots of extra toppings, as Ichiran says it wants diners to enjoy the true flavor of their noodles. That’s why each serving contains only noodles, broth, and the chain’s original secret red sauce. A lot of detail has gone into perfecting the recipe, as diners will be given not one but two packs of ingredients to make the broth–one powder and one liquid–which is said to create a rich, deep flavor and smooth mouthfeel. In addition, it contains a specially flavored oil to enhance the taste and aroma of the ramen. The golden broth is said to deliver bagfuls of delicious tonkotsu flavor. Ichiran is well-known for their long, straight noodles, a hallmark of Hakata-style ramen, named after the city where both tonkotsu and Ichiran originated. The instant version uses custom-made non-fried noodles that are straight and contain a moreish wheat flavor. These custom noodles are in a league of their own compared to other varieties on the market. The new Ichiran Tonkotsu cup ramen will be on sale in Japan from 15 February at convenience stores, supermarkets, Ichiran stores, and online. Priced at 490 yen (US$4.64) https://youtu.be/bozowRdAP4I
227 views · Feb 7th
Mystery “nail house” discovered in Japan One of the country’s most unusual property locations. Ever since Google started capturing the Earth from above and sharing its images with the world online, people have been making unusual discoveries about the neighborhoods they live in. Recently, this sky-high perspective unearthed yet another odd discovery, this time in Japan’s Aichi Prefecture. Google images show a building perched upon a high landing, surrounded on all sides by what appears to be a mine. The images were recently shared on Twitter, where they sparked up a discussion over the why, what, where and hows of the mystery building. “This looks like the last stronghold of an old castle fortress.” “It’s a secret research facility for the Earth Defence Force. In the basement of that house, an ancient monster, an apostle, or AKIRA is sleeping at a very low temperature.” “Is it really okay to live on a spot like this? Wouldn’t it be dangerous in heavy rain?” “How is this possible? I’d love to know the story behind this.” “Could it be a shrine? That could explain why it’s undisturbed.” “I think it’s more likely the owner didn’t agree to land acquisition.” While the shrine theory was a good one, it was dismissed online as people confirmed this was a building that looked more like a home. Some wondered if there could be some sort of land dispute involved, with people likening the look of it to the “nail houses” seen in China. “Nail houses”, known as “dingzihu” in Mandarin, are so-called as they can be seen standing alone, poking up out of newly developed areas. This happens when homeowners refuse to accept offers of relocation or compensation from developers who want to demolish their homes, and the construction goes up around them anyway, leaving them to stick out like a defiant nail on the developed landscape. While it’s likely that the house in Aichi may have a similar “nail house” backstory, one Twitter user noticed that Google images showed the site has looked like this for a while now, which throws up another plausible theory–that the owner of the land lives in the house, having leased or sold the land around it for clay mining. There are a number of clay mines in the area, due to the fact that this location, in Aichi’s Seto, is one of the country’s most famous regions for pottery production. Seto-yaki (Seto ware) has been produced in this area since the 13th Century, and is so revered it was named one of the Six Ancient Kilns of Japan in the 1900s, a recognition reserved for only the best kilns in the country. Pottery is such an important industry for Seto it’s home to the Aichi Prefectural Ceramics Museum, located just a short seven-minute drive away from the mystery building. According to online chatter, though, most people believe the building is likely to be a Japanese “nail house”. After all, over at Narita Airport, a man called Takao Shito has been living–and farming–in between runways, after he refused a cash offer of 180 million yen (US$1.7 million) to leave his farm to make way for the airport’s expansion. For now, though, the story behind the Aichi nail house remains a mystery. That is, until we can get one of our reporters down there to get to the bottom of the matter, like we did with this mystery plot of land cutting through a supermarket in Saitama Prefecture.

Shot Out to @konnichiwa aka jodyhighroller and Thanks again as always for the wire Support!

121 views · Feb 7th