We visited "The Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum" in Osaka the other day. Mr. Ando, who was the founder of Nissin Food Products Co., Ltd., was a great manager, and an inventor of the instant noodles(Chicken Ramen and Cup Noodle) that are loved all over the world. I think that the instant noodle is one of the best inventions in the 20th century.

Instant noodles that are currently on the market were exhibited in the museum. There was also a workshop where participants could experience cooking Chicken Ramen.

We tried the "My Cup Noodle Factory". You can obtain only one original ramen in the world there. First of all, you freely design the cup, then choose your favorites from four kinds of soup and a lot of ingredients. We adults really enjoyed it and had a great time, to say nothing of our daughter.

Mr. Ando said the following things during his life:

"It is never too late to do anything in life."
"Create change instead of adapting to the changing times."
"Do not try to sell instant noodles. Sell food culture."
"Organizations don't get the work done; people do,"

And the last one:

"Human beings are noodle beings."

Those words are not armchair theories, but come from the person who succeeded in making the instant noodle known to the world by constant endeavor. I felt that there are a lot of things that we can learn from his life.

Special thanks to Henry.
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All About - 英語漬けになるだけで英語が出来るようになる?




I went to Kyoto International Manga Museum with my family in the Bon holiday period. The museum is located between Nijo castle and Kyoto-gosho. The building used to be an elementary school, but now, it has become a place where Japanese culture, Manga comics, and various cartoons from around the world are on display. I enjoyed reading "Astro boy" written in English on the lawn of a garden that was once a schoolyard, and felt some nostalgia.

Next, we headed to Toei Movie Land (Kyoto Uzumasa Eigamura) by train and on foot. It is a movie theme park, and there you can see the studio sets of films set in the Edo period. We enjoyed various attractions and took pictures of ourselves standing with samurai and ninja.

Kyoto is certainly a wonderful city with a lot of landmarks and excellent examples of traditional culture, but I think that Kyoto is a place to visit rather than to live, because I occasionally experience some inconveniences in Kyoto. The roads off and around the main streets are very narrow, and there aren't many stores with parking lots. The network of streets sections off the city as neatly as the grid on a go board, but it is inconvenient to move diagonally. The main method of transportation in Kyoto is by bus, but the busses are often delayed and the routes are complex.

I think Kyoto might be a town of LOHAS, so maybe it is an attractive town for people who like such life. Actually, there are a lot of foreign people who like the atmosphere of Kyoto and settle down there too. However it would be difficult for me to give up the convenient life style I have at present.

Henry, thank you for your help.
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