19- “Ramen” was established like “one hair-style”

The trend hair style is the Japanese version of “Manchu queue”?

There is one of the trend hair style “ramenman hair” between young women in recent Japan.

“Ramenman hair”

The name is derived from “Ramenman” that appears in the manga “Kinnikuman”.

“Ramenman”

Decades after Muscle figure named “Kinkeshi” became popular between male children, why did it became popular among young women by this time?

“Kinkeshi”

It seems to be related to the commemorative promotion activity, which celebrated the 40th anniversary of Kinnikuman serialization in April 2020.
In fact, it was found in various places such as stations and related books.

“An illustrated Guide to Superhuman of Kinnikuman”

The superhuman is born in Henan Province, China and based on Chinese martial arts.
The performing techniques names are also related to China, and his hairstyle is the symbolic hairstyle of the Qing dynasty, “the queue”.

However, the superhuman name “Ramenman” is an arranged version of “拉面(lamian)” derived from China at the end of the Edo period immediately after the opening of the country, and is no longer a “Japanese dish”.
This is because in Greater China, ramen is generally called Japanese-style lamian(日式拉面), and “ramen(ラーメン)” is no longer popular because it is imported back into the head family, China.
It may be said that the Japanese-style development of queuing hair, just like ramen, gave birth to “ramenwomen” who have the hair-style like ramenman.

The Ukiyo-e painted by Yoshitoshi Tsukioka

Do you know about “Cup Noodle Museums”?

The relationship of the opening of the country in 19th century, there are museums related to ramen in Yokohama and Osaka.
The name is Momofuku Ando Invention Museum, commonly known as “Cup Noodle Museum”.

These is operated by the NISSIN FOODS Group.
The company was founded and Osaka, so it is located in Osaka as well.
There is another place in Yokohama called “Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum”, which is a food theme park where you can enjoy the taste of famous ramen shops nationwide.
However, the operation is different from the Nissin Food Products Group.

“Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum”

The concept of the Cup Noodle Museum is that it is a hands-on museum where you can experience (creation and actual food) and exhibits centered on chicken ramen and cup noodles, which are also the signature products of “Nissin”.
The chicken ramen is handmade, the cup noodles can be customized, and there are attractions for children, so it may be a space that people of all ages can enjoy.

The exhibits include a lineup of instant noodle packages and a reproduction of the research hut of the founder Momofuku Ando.

The reason why there are many company names “Nissin(Nisshin) **” in Japan?

By the way, don’t you think that there are many companies in Japan that are named “Nissin(Nisshin)”?
In addition to Nissin Food Products Group, there are many major companies such as Nisshin Oillio Group, Nisshinbo Group, and Nissin Healthcare Food Service.
However, none of them have a capital relationship.

Upper left: Nissin Food Products
Upper right: Nisshin Oillio
Top and bottom: Nisshinbo
Bottom: Nissin Healthcare Food Service

Why?

That’s because the name “Nissin” was the “fashion” of the time.

The word “Nissin(Nisshin)” literally means “Japan and Qing” like the Sino-Japanese War(from 1894 to 1895), and it seems that it was often used as a shop name at that time.
But there has used by the difference reason like Nissin Food Products, that is taken from the meanings of Japanese word “daily clean”.

regardless of the origin of the store name “Nissin Food Products”, it is no wonder that the company name is associated with the meaning of “Qing or China” from “ramen” such as chicken ramen and cup noodle.
It’s also a connection like a “ramenman”.
Chicken ramen, which is also the first instant noodle, has spread what was previously called “Nanjing soba”, “Sino soba”, and “Chinese soba” to the world under the name “Ramen”.

“Chicken Ramen”

Prior to the 40th anniversary of Kinnikuman, Nissin Food Products Group’s flagship product, Chicken Ramen, was celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2018.
In the same year, the drama series “Manpuku” modeled on the founder Momofuku Ando was also aired.
In talking about the existence of ramen, it may not be a coincidence that the word “Qing” and “the Queue” continued as if they were following.

“The flag of Qing”

Only deliciousness speaks eloquently

Ramen can be said to be one of the Japanese interpretations derived from Chinese cuisine.
In this way, ramen became one of the national dishes.
But when you eat, do you choose the reason from Japanese food or Chinese food?
Most of them want to eat ramen, aren’t they?
Yes, ramen is just a “delicious dish”.
Through such a process, it may be a rare dish that has been recognized over the sea.
Therefore, even if it return back to China, it is not “lamian” but “ramen”.

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