Monday, April 20, 2015

My Ramen Book!

I'll just let Google figure it out for you!

Yep, I wrote a book about ramen. The full name is 最強アメリカ・ラーメン男 東京 極ウマ50店を食べる. Saikyo Amerika Ramen Otoko Tokyo Goku Uma 50 Mise wo Taberu. Let's break it down.

最強 - Saikyo pretty much means amazing.
アメリカ・ラーメン男 - American ramen dude.
東京 - Tokyo.
極ウマ - Goku Uma. Super tasty. Uma (馬) can mean horse, but the uma here means delicious. 
50店 - 50 shops.
食べる - Eat.

More or less a guide to 50 great ramen shops in Tokyo.

You like that cover?


Kind of an interesting choice for the cover on the publisher's part.

Well, the good news is that I was able to convince them to include some English as part of the book.

The Japanese ramen review pages look much nicer.

The idea of the cover was more about marketing me as this unique foreigner who loves ramen, as opposed to this being on par with the many Japanese ramen guides out there. The descriptions of the shops are a bit more wordy, with my opinions and personal ramen adventures making their way in. I even included a few essay stories, like this one about my trip up to Kitakata to crush bowls with some friends.

These aren't translated into English, sorry.

So there you have it. If you wanted a guide to 50 great shops in Tokyo, now you have it.

Bad news, though, it's only available in Japan! Yep, distribution is in major bookstores and the Japanese Amazon site, but not overseas. If you live overseas and want a copy, you can take advantage of the weak yen and I'll send you one for $25, worldwide express shipping included. Details at my ramen site:

Thank you to everyone who helped with this project!

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Got my book this week, very cool! Thanks!