Ramen Girls Festival 2018 to Take Place in Nakano!

11.April.2018 | FOOD / SPOT

The Ramen Girls Festival is a ramen event aimed at girls. Although it has ‘girls’ in the title, anybody is welcome. The focus comes from how in the past, women wouldn’t be caught sitting in a greasy, male-oriented atmosphere – a stereotypical image of old ramen chains. But the festival aims to change that. This year’s event will take place at Nakano Shiki no Mori Park from April 26th to May 6th.

 

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To date, the Ramen Girls Festival has taken place three times at Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse and branched out to Osaka and Nagoya last year. In 2017 alone, more than 32,000 people attended the festival. This year, the long-awaited Tokyo event will take place.

 

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Female ramen producer Satoko Morimoto eats about 600 bowls of ramen every year. From long-standing old ramen shops to newer establishments, she has selected an array of popular branches from across Japan to participate in this year’s Ramen Girls Festival. About 70% of those chosen are fresh faces to the event.

 

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Each and every participating ramen shop will serve up their own original menu and toppings for female customers only. There’s plenty to look forward to at this year’s festival: the female-only area, sweets, handsome ramen staff, and for the first time in the festival’s history a sake area which will pair up suitable drinks to go with ramen. Guys can attend the event too, so be sure to stop by.

 

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Kumo no Ito
・“Yamagata Style Niboshi Ramen”
The soup of this ramen uses several varieties of carefully picked seasonal niboshi. It will spread through your body and is prepared and cooked right in front of you. There are people who travel all the way to Yamagata just to eat the thick chijirimen curly noodles! Yamagata has the highest consumption rate of ramen anywhere in Japan. You can have your ramen from Kumo no Ito with or without A-rank backfat pork which can be prepared quickly or richly.

 

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Chukasoba de Komatsu × Goden
・“Hot & Sour Soup Noodles” / “Cold Dan Dan Noodles”
Godan, who painstakingly make their own homemade noodles, are collaborating with Chukaosba de Komatsu, who have over 10 years in the chuka ramen business, to serve up hot and sour soup noodles which are very popular amongst women! There are three dried shrimp dashi to choose from which are spicy and sour. The striking dish is inspired by the fireworks in Omagari, Akita.

 

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Futake
・ “High-Grade Lobster & Thick Miso Ramen”
This ramen is made in a large pot combining 30kg of high quality lobster with miso paste. You’ll be surprised by just how photogenically great the dish looks as it’s served with a whole lobster. The flat noodles were co-created with Phoenix Karasu of long-standing ramen store Asakusa Mankairou. These high quality noodles are made with semolina which is also used in pasta, but they still have that familiar ramen texture to them.

There are many other popular ramen shops participating in the festival, so join in and find your favourite bowl!

 

■Information

Ramen Girls Festival 2018
Date:
[1st Run] April 26, 2018 – April 30, 2018
[2nd Run] May 2, 2018 – May 6, 2018
Time: Weekdays 11:00-21:00 / Weekends & Holidays 10:00-21:00 (Last Orders 20:00)
*The final days of both runs will finish at 19:00 (Last Orders 18:30.
*The participating stores differ between both runs.
Address: Nakano Shiki no Mori Park, 4-13 Nakano, Nakano-ku, Tokyo
Price: Free for men and women. (*You must purchase a food voucher for eating and drinking)費
Website:http://www.ramengirls-fes.com

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    06.September.2019 | FOOD / SPOT

    This holiday season, Hoshino Resorts is set to hold a Christmas event at HOSHINO Karuizawa Area, a place managed by the company which brings together people who love culture and nature. It will run from November 16 to December 25.

     

    The event’s theme is “A Town Where Happiness Shines.” From mistletoe illuminations to xmas desserts and more, you’re sure to have the cockles of your heart warmed this year at this happiness-filled festival.

     

    Mistletoe Illuminations

    At Harunire Terrace, where 16 shops line the cosy wooden terrace, the columns and overhangs will be adorned in Christmas garlands, and mistletoe-shaped illuminations will dangle from tree branches.

     

    You can spot a lot of mistletoe in Karuizawa Wild Bird Sanctuary. Even in wintertime the plant does not wither, instead keeping its green leaves, which in folklore has led it to be viewed as a symbol of immortality.

     

    Mistletoe is known in many cultures as a symbol of happiness. In the Western world, lovers who stand under mistletoe are expected to kiss. The warm illuminations are set to light a warm and romantic atmosphere to all those who attend.

     

    Mistletoe Lanterns

    As well as the illuminations, there will also be mistletoe lanterns hiding in the trees to celebrate romantic love this Christmas. Get ready to count down with everybody at the event as when you reach zero, all of the lanterns will turn on at the same time. There will even be mini live performances where you can sing along to Christmas songs.

     

    Christmas Sweets at Hoshino Resorts Karuizawa Hotel Bleston Court

    Order the “Episode de Noel” at Hoshino Resorts Karuizawa Hotel Bleston Court for a delicious Christmas sweets dessert course of 4 treats.

     

    This is just a peek inside the stocking of what’s to come at the festival. There will be a hot chocolate bar, fresh s’mores, kids events, photo spots, a Christmas market, and more. Ride your sleigh into HOSHINO Karuizawa Area this winter.

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