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Alvinology goes to Japan – Day 9 of 14

Alvinology goes to Japan – Day 9 of 14

On the ninth day, we left Tokyo and headed to Osaka (大阪市) via the Shinkansen (新幹線) bullet train. We woke up at 4am in the morning to avoid the frantic Tokyo rush hour crowd at the train station as we were carrying a lot of luggage. For most part of the journey, we were only half-awake.

Our Shinkansen tickets

Our Shinkansen tickets

Breakfast to eat in the train

Breakfast to eat in the train

The bullet train which took us to Osaka

The bullet train which took us to Osaka

Closer look at this engineering marvel

Closer look at this engineering marvel

Rachel is still half asleep

Rachel is still half asleep

Pretty ticket inspector

Pretty ticket inspector

Floor map of the Shinkansen - there are smoking and non-smoking cabins

Floor map of the Shinkansen – there are smoking and non-smoking cabins

Very sleepy

Very sleepy

Upon reaching Osaka, we checked into the local Super Hotel and then headed to the Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum (インスタントラーメン発明記念館). The museum is dedicated to instant noodles and cup noodles, and Taiwanese-Japanese inventor and businessman Momofuku Ando (安藤 百福) who created them via the Nissin brand. The museum is located in Ikeda in Osaka, and is located within walking distance of Ikeda Station on the Hankyu-Takarazuka Line. Admission is free.

Momofuku Ando is a very inspirational figure. A late bloomer, he invented instant noodles at 48 and cup noodles at the grand age of 61.

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An interesting thing to take note when you visit the museum is the residential home standing just in front of it. The nameplates outside the house bores the same surname as Momofuku Ando. I won’t be surprise is that house belongs to him or his descendants.

We had fried chicken for breakfast, bought from the 24hrs Family Mart next to our hotel

Fried chicken for breakfast, bought from the 24hrs Family Mart next to our hotel

Yummy! Mark bought this for supper every night thereafter

Yummy! Mark bought this for supper every night thereafter

Mark pretending to be the owner of a nice sportscar spotted at the carpark beside our hotel

Mark pretending to be the owner of a nice sportscar spotted near our hotel

Count the number of signboards pointing to the Hankyu line!

Count the number of signboards pointing to the Hankyu line!

At the Hankyu line railway station

At the Hankyu line railway station

There are Women Only cabins during rush hours

There are “Women Only” cabins during rush hours

Our train is here

Our train is here

Rachel likes the look of this train

Rachel likes the look of this train

On the Hankyu train

On the Hankyu train

Ikeda station

Ikeda station

Chinese food stall spotted at Ikeda station

Chinese food stall spotted at Ikeda station

Mochi stall at Ikeda station

Mochi stall at Ikeda station

Sakura mochi

Sakura mochi

A strawberry red bean mochi that Rachel bought

A strawberry red bean mochi that Rachel bought

Wanted criminals in Japan - we saw this outside a police station

Wanted criminals in Japan – we saw this outside a police station

The area near the museum is peppered with nice large houses like this

The area near the museum is peppered with nice large houses like this

Large shrubs like this surrounded the perimeter of most of the houses

Large shrubs like this surrounded the perimeter of most of the houses

Berries growing in someones garden

Berries growing in someone’s garden

The museum from afar

The museum from afar

Outside the museum

Outside the museum

The house in front of the museum

The house in front of the museum

Wider view of the house

Wider view of the house

With Andos statue

With Ando’s statue

A model of Andos house where he invented the first instant noodle

A model of Ando’s house where he invented the first instant noodle

Rachel pretending to be Ando

Rachel pretending to be Ando

The inventor, Momofuku Ando

The inventor, Momofuku Ando

Some of Andos personal belongings

Some of Ando’s personal belongings

Ando the academia

Ando the academia

All kinds of instant noodles and cup noodles

All kinds of instant noodles and cup noodles

Theres even noodles in the ceiling

There’s even noodles in the ceiling

Wide view of the instant noodles and cup noodles time line

Wide view of the instant noodles and cup noodles time line

My favourite instant noodle brand

My favourite instant noodle brand

Strange packaging

Strange packaging

I like the Nissin chick packaging

I like the Nissin chick packaging

Interactive game for kids

Interactive game for kids

Watch retro Nissin TVCs

Watch retro Nissin TVCs

Ando got his inspiration for the cup noodle from this pack of nuts served to him in an airplane

Ando got his inspiration for the cup noodle from this pack of macadamia nuts served to him in an airplane

Roving cup noodle van in olden days Japan

Roving cup noodle van in olden days Japan

Vintage instant noodles in early post-war Japan

Vintage instant noodles in early post-war Japan

Retro cup noodle vending machine

Retro cup noodle vending machine

Retro machine used to seal the instant noodles

Retro machine used to seal the instant noodles

Top ten greatest inventions in Japan - check out number 1 and 4

Top ten greatest inventions in Japan – check out number 1 and 6

Giant cup noodle model - the vacuum beneath the noodle allows water to flow in

Giant cup noodle model – the vacuum beneath the noodle allows water to flow in

Ahhhhhhhh!

“Ahhhhhhhh!”

Instant noodles for spacemen

Instant noodles for spacemen

The Nissin chick in an astronaut outfit

The Nissin chick in an astronaut outfit

Nissin chick sitting in a model of the futuristic car seen in the hit manga, Akira

Nissin chick sitting in a model of the futuristic car seen in the hit manga, Akira

At the museum, we got to make our own Nissin cup noodles! I created a Alvinology version while Mark and Meiyen created their own designs. Rachel did not want to make one as she is not a fan of instant noodles and cup noodles as she thinks they are unhealthy food.

All ready to design our own cup noodles

All ready to design our own cup noodles

Mark checking his digital dictionary on what Japanese words to write on his cup noodle

Mark checking his dictionary on the Japanese words to write on his cup noodle

Drawing my cup noodle

Drawing my cup noodle

20 percent completed

20 percent completed

70 percent completed (just need to add in the ingredient and seal it up)

70 percent completed (just need to add in the ingredient and seal it up)

You get to choose the flavour and ingredient to put into your own cup noodle

You get to choose the flavour and ingredient to put into your own cup noodle

The noodles

The noodles

Choice of ingredient

Choice of ingredient

Looking through the ingredients

Looking through the ingredients

Edible Nissin chicks

Edible Nissin chicks

Nissin staff putting in the ingredients for us

Nissin staff putting in the ingredients for us

The ingredient I chose

The ingredient I chose

The ingredient Mark chose

The ingredient Mark chose

Turn the knob to seal the cup

Turn the knob to seal the cup

My cup noodle being processed

My cup noodle being processed

Sealing the cup

Sealing the cup

Alvinology cup noode on its way out

Alvinology cup noode on it’s way out

Sealed, ready for sale

Sealed, ready for sale

Mark and I with our cup noodles

Mark and I with our cup noodles

The staff at the cup noodle factory

The staff at the “cup noodle factory”

Pumping the airbag

Pumping the airbag

Mark pumping his own airbag

Mark pumping his own airbag

Rachel with my completed Alvinology cup noodle

Rachel with my completed Alvinology cup noodle

Mark and Meiyen with their completed cup noodle designs

Mark and Meiyen with their completed cup noodle designs

We had instant noodles for lunch in the museum. We tried out the cheese flavoured Nissin cup noodles which were not available in Singapore. They tasted quite good, even to Rachel who usually don’t eat cup noodles.

The flavours available

The flavours available

I chose this

I chose this for lunch

Rachel chose the Cheese Curry flavour

Rachel chose the Cheese Curry flavour

Cheese & Garlic flavour

Cheese & Garlic flavour

I cooked my own lunch

I “cooked” my own lunch

Rachel with our lunch

Rachel with our lunch

Bought these to bring home

Bought these to bring home

Valentines Day special souvenirs

Valentine’s Day special souvenirs

The English brochure says the sex of the Nissin chick is unknown... how come he has a girlfriend here though?

The English brochure says the sex of the Nissin chick is unknown… how come he has a girlfriend here though?

I bought this

I bought this

Mark and Meiyen bought a pair of this

Mark and Meiyen bought a pair of this

As we headed back to the train station, we passed by a western-style Japanese family restaurant. We decided to head in for more food as the instant noodles were not entirely filling. Rachel and I ordered a beef hamburger steak to share. Mark had a cheese-filled hamburger steak to himself and ordered some potato side dish for Meiyen.

Nice milk shake from a 100 yen vending machine

Nice milk shake from a 100 yen vending machine

Kids on excursion

Kids on excursion

Keeping in line

Keeping in line

Nissin cafe

The restaurant where we had our second lunch for the day

Rachel and I shared this

Rachel and I shared this

Mark ate this alone

Mark ate this alone

A potato side dish that Meiyen ordered

A potato side dish that Meiyen ordered

Snacks I bought

Snacks I bought

Purple sweet potato chips - Rachel and I love this!

Purple sweet potato chips – Rachel and I love this!

Cat grass

Cat grass

Cute-looking snack

Cute-looking snack

Kids in uniform at the train station

Kids in uniform at the train station

Boy enjoying hot water from his thermal flask

Boy enjoying hot water from his thermal flask

Brad Pitt spotted

Brad Pitt spotted

Japanese teens

Japanese teens like their handphones very much – just like Singaporean teens

Thereafter, we spent the rest of our day shopping. As we were busy shopping, I did not take much photos for the rest of the day. We had our dinner in a buffet restaurant that serves spaghetti and many different kinds of desert. The customers were mostly Japanese schoolgirls with high-pitch voices. I am not a fan of sweet food. Hence I did not enjoy the meal as much as the other three.

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We headed back to our hotel rather early that night as we woke up too early in the morning and were fighting to stay awake throughout the day. That concluded our first day in Osaka.

Large shopping mall

Large shopping mall

Election rallying

Election rallying

Comme Ça Du Mode store - I bought a vest from here

Comme Ça Du Mode store – I bought a vest from here

Another shopping mall we went to which has a giant ferris wheel

Another shopping mall we went to which has a giant ferris wheel

A repair stall - we hardly see this in Singapore anymore

A repair stall – we hardly see this in Singapore anymore

The Nissan Cube - the most popular car in Japan

The Nissan Cube – the most popular car in Japan

The restaurant here we had dinner

The restaurant here we had dinner

The buffet offering

The buffet offering

Different kinds of spaghetti

Different kinds of spaghetti

Desert galore

Desert galore

A sundae I made for myself

A sundae I made for myself

Bear-shaped chocolate

Animal-shaped chocolate

Small chocolate bears

Small chocolate bears

A Japanese brand called Love is...

A Japanese brand called “Love is…”

A fashion store that supports Barack Obama

A fashion store that supports Barack Obama

Hand-painted umbrellas

Hand-painted umbrellas

A 300 yen shop - 3 coins in Japan is about S$5

A 300 yen shop – “3 coins” in Japan is about S$5

Meiyen unwrapping her 300 yen mystery bag

Meiyen unwrapping her 300 yen mystery bag

The stuff in the mystery bag - are they worth 300 yen (~S$5)

The stuff in the mystery bag – are they worth 300 yen (~S$5)

Rachel bought this pendant for 300 yen

Rachel bought this pendant for 300 yen

Colourful mochi snacks

Colourful mochi snacks

Musk melons

Musk melons

Musk melons

Very expensive musk melon

Links to my previous blog entries on my Japan  trip:

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Day 1 – Kansai Airport, Hokkaido

Day 2 – Skiing, Otaru

Day 3 – Asahikawa, Asahiyama Zoo

Day 4 – Sledding, Shiroi Koibito, Crab Buffet

Day 5 – The 60th Sapporo Snow Festival

Day 6 – Staying with the Asai, Shōnan

Day 7 – Ueno, Tokyo

Day 8 – Shibuya and Akihabara, Tokyo

Day 9 – Ikeda, Osaka

Day 10 – Kobe

Day 11 – Kyoto

Day 12 – Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan and Dotonbori

Day 13 – Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge and Mt. Rokko

Day 14 – Return to Singapore

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Alvin is a marketer by day and blogger by night. He is a 100% geek who spends too much time surfing the web.

2 Comments

  1. yongwei92

    if i’m not wrong, japanese don’t send sms, they send emails around, as they have unlimited wifi, i think that’s for tokyo, otherwise it’s GPRS

    Reply
  2. Reish de Lara

    Are the Cheese Curry noodle also available in SG? Where can I buy?

    Reply

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