Ramen Goes Global

Ramen, a noodle dish with Chinese roots, met with booming success in postwar Japan to become a national favorite and is now making inroads around the world. This series of articles includes insights from a professional ramen eater, an examination of a popular chain’s expansion overseas, and a comparison with traditional “washoku” cuisine.

Japanese Ramen Firms Dig Into International Market

Ramen is increasingly popular with diners around the world. And a growing number of Japanese purveyors of the noodle cuisine are setting up shop overseas. Nippon.com examines the experience of two Japanese companies: a large, well-established chain that is building a market presence in Europe, North America, and Oceania and an upstart venture business that is focusing on Southeast Asian markets.
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Ramen Takes Off as Global Soul FoodIshiyama Hayato

Ever since falling in love with ramen in his high-school days, Ishiyama Hayato has been submerged in the soupy, slurpy world of this popular noodle dish. Here he considers how ramen evolved to become a Japanese favorite that is winning overseas fans too.
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Ramen vs. “Washoku”: The Changing Face of Japanese CuisineBarak Kushner

Ramen has gone global, with more and more shops opening up worldwide in the twenty-first century just as they spread rapidly throughout Japan in the twentieth. Yet the upstart noodle dish’s place within Japanese cuisine is still ambiguous. It stands as a kind of rival to the more established tradition of "washoku," recognized by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage in 2013.
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