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Uploaded on Nov 12, 2009
In these days of instant noodles, there is still a demand for hand made ramen noodles (手打ラメン, teuchi-ramen). On a small side street close to the Hakone Yumoto railway station (箱根湯本駅), skilled noodle makers at the Nisshintei (日清亭) Manchu-Japanese restaurant cheerfully demonstrate their skill at making ramen in the old Chinese style — a monster bamboo pole is used to flatten multiple layers of ramen dough, and the resultant elongated sandwich is then meticulously chopped into thin ribbons of ramen with a sharp chopping knife. A large picture window that faces the street allows this entire process to be viewed by customers, as they patiently wait for a free table inside the restaurant. Off to the side, three-wheeled motorized scooters stand ready for delivery of ramen to local homes and offices (出前サービス, demae sābisu). http://aboutjapan.japansociety.org/co...