Author Archives: Will VanderWyden


April 9, 2014

The Ramen Shaman: Yoshimura-ya (Yokohama)

by Will VanderWyden

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On Sunday, April 6, my picture and story was in the Kanagawa edition of the Yumiuri Shimbun, one of Japan’s three biggest newspapers (yes only the local Kanagawa edition… but still).

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March 21, 2014

The Ramen Shaman: Ichiran (Shimokitazawa)

by Will VanderWyden

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Oh Ichiran. I was very anti-you for a long time because of your bizarre seating arrangement. It just seems so weird that we, the customers, have to sit at a private booth, in silence, without speaking to the chefs — instead ordering by placing our ticket next to a sliding wooden curtain and filling out a sheet with our preferences like strength of the soup base and amount of oil.

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February 28, 2014

The Ramen Shaman: Nagi (Golden Gai)

by Will VanderWyden

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Nagi, Nagi, Nagi. This one’s been near the top of my ever-expanding ramen bucket list for a long time.

I’ve been to a Nagi branch before — it was the first Tokyo bowl I had with fellow ramen blogger Brian from Ramen Adventures, and my first niboshi ramen (aka broth made from dried baby anchovies).

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February 12, 2014

The Ramen Shaman: Koshin (Nishi-Shinjuku)

by Will VanderWyden

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My new neighborhood in Tokyo is called Yayoicho, just a mile west of Shinjuku, one of the biggest entertainment and nightlife spots on planet earth.

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January 29, 2014

The Ramen Shaman Moves to Tokyo

by Will VanderWyden

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I’m on my longest trip to Tokyo yet. I moved here! They granted me a one year visa, and I’ve been here for twelve days now.

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October 30, 2013

The Ramen Shaman: Chibiscus (Hollywood)

by Will VanderWyden

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Last week a reader asked if I had tried Chibiscus. Apparently it had been compared to Tsujita — a bold statement.

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September 30, 2013

The Ramen Shaman: Ezo Fukurou Visits America

by Will VanderWyden

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I may have missed the recent LA Ramen Yokocho Fest due to an unavoidable trip to Ohio, but I lucked out into finding out about Mitsuwa Market’s Hokkaido Festival in Torrance.

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September 6, 2013

The Ramen Shaman: Jiro (Kabukicho, Tokyo)

by Will VanderWyden

This was one for the ages.

Jiro is legendary. It’s spawned a slew of imitators, one of which crossed an ocean.

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August 21, 2013

The Ramen Shaman: Bunsuke (Asakusa,Tokyo)

by Will VanderWyden

I went to the future the other day and found this synopsis on an IMDB page from 2018:

A lonely Tokyo ramen shop proprietor secretly pines for a local bar owner and former model.

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July 17, 2013

The Ramen Shaman: Shhh, It’s a Secret!

by Will VanderWyden

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Two years ago, bored at work with nothing better to do but read through American ex-pat ramen journals, I decided to start my own ramen blog.

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