The Ramen Chart Poster, 16x20
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Do you want to try the best of the best ramen? This poster illustrates 25 top ramen bowls that are highly recommended by Japanese locals, food critics, and ramen experts in Japan. Mark them off one by one as you try these delicious ramen bowls in person when visiting Japan next time!
The sad part is I don't live in Japan. Every time I came back to the US, my mind is already thinking about re-visiting some of the best ramen bowls that I had in Japan. That's why I design "THE RAMEN CHART," a list of the world famous and high quality delicious ramen bowls in Japan.
After trying so many superb ramen, these top 25 ramen bowls on THE RAMEN CHART are definitely THE 25 BOWLS that I will recommend to a true ramen lover. Most of these ramen have already received awards from the country, some won the local's most favorite ramen bowls, some even already got very popular overseas too.
And of course, one of the best bowls I fell in love with is from the first Michelin-ranked ramen shop called Tsuta 蔦.
SOUP FLAVOR TABS
While the soup is as important as the noodles and toppings, I first had difficult time expressing it on my poster. That's why I have a new system to express each bowl's soup flavors.
The ramen bowls are organized based on location. Shops located on the North side of the country will locate on upper part of the poster, and the ones located on the South will be found near the bottom of the poster.
Although over 50% are located in Tokyo area, there are recommended shops located in Southern part of the country like Osaka, Hyogo, Wakayama, Nara, Fukuoka, as well as all the way North in Hokkaido.
Most ingredients that make up a delicious bowl of ramen came from the sea: seafood, kombu, (kelp) sea salt, etc. "The Great Wave" actually perfectly represents the huge impression from every single ramen bowl I've tasted as well.
Waves are continuous, some are small and some are particularly huge! And that is how I imagine myself thinking about each ramen. When there's a huge wave, it imprints a significant flavor, texture, and impression in my mind. "The Great Wave off Kanagawa" by Japanese artist Hokusai became my inspiration for this poster background design.
Edition: Year of 2016