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“Idiot for Noodles”, Kyoto Ramen You Won’t Forget
Lunch is Served Men-Baka Ramen Restaurant (めん 馬鹿) Kyoto, Japan -- Men-Baka Ramen Restaurant (めん馬鹿) -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Lunch is Served
Men-Baka Ramen Restaurant (めん馬鹿)
Kyoto, Japan

I'll follow up my post about Restaurant “Kiev” with another Kyoto restaurant of note, Men-Baka (“Noodle Idiot”, めん馬鹿一代), which Damien Douxchamps brought me to.

The proprietor saw my big camera and warned that I'd be too dangerous to take photos of my own ramen, so suggested that I take the opportunity to photograph a pair of high-school boys receiving theirs.

Protective Aprons for All -- Men-Baka Ramen Restaurant (めん馬鹿) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Protective Aprons for All
Typical Kitchen of a ramen-noodle joint -- Men-Baka Ramen Restaurant (めん馬鹿) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Typical Kitchen
of a ramen-noodle joint
In All Seriousness applying a hot pink hair scrunchies -- Men-Baka Ramen Restaurant (めん馬鹿) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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In All Seriousness
applying a hot pink hair scrunchies

The proprietor was a riot. With the dead-serious voice reserved for topics of grave concern, he had the boy with longish hair pick out a colorful hair scrunchie and proceeded to apply it to his front bangs, citing the impending danger of the flames.

Of course the little bit of hair didn't make the slightest difference one way or the other, so the scrunchie and the grave concern was all just a joke, but I don't think the kids realized it because the man was so serious. It was pretty funny in retrospect.

Serious Instructions -- Men-Baka Ramen Restaurant (めん馬鹿) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Serious Instructions

The set of instructions one receives before the meal is important, and long... keep your hands behind your back, don't flinch, don't touch the bowl nor the table until given the okay, etc. At this point none of us knew what exactly was coming, so we all listened carefully.

Flaming Pan -- Men-Baka Ramen Restaurant (めん馬鹿) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Flaming Pan
Spout of Flame -- Men-Baka Ramen Restaurant (めん馬鹿) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Spout of Flame
Men-Baka Ramen Restaurant (めん馬鹿) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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This is why you don't try to put out an oil fire with water -- Men-Baka Ramen Restaurant (めん馬鹿) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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This is why you don't try to put out an oil fire with water
Pretty -- Men-Baka Ramen Restaurant (めん馬鹿) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Pretty
Men-Baka Ramen Restaurant (めん馬鹿) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Slightly Different Color Balance balanced for the flame instead of the sunlight streaming in -- Men-Baka Ramen Restaurant (めん馬鹿) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Slightly Different Color Balance
balanced for the flame instead of the sunlight streaming in

Then it was time for the second boy's noodles...

Men-Baka Ramen Restaurant (めん馬鹿) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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See No Evil the second boy didn't see either display -- Men-Baka Ramen Restaurant (めん馬鹿) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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See No Evil
the second boy didn't see either display
Ready To Eat -- Men-Baka Ramen Restaurant (めん馬鹿) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Ready To Eat
Speechless the middle girl in the background -- Men-Baka Ramen Restaurant (めん馬鹿) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Speechless
the middle girl in the background

Then it was my turn. This flaming ramen is called negi ramen (ネギらめん), or “scallion ramen”.

Scallions -- Men-Baka Ramen Restaurant (めん馬鹿) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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Scallions

I didn't get to photograph my fiery display, but I could pull out the camera once things had settled down.

My Bowl of Negi Ramen -- Men-Baka Ramen Restaurant (めん馬鹿) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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My Bowl of Negi Ramen

If you have a camera, the proprietor takes a picture for you with your camera, directing you with the same grave seriousness to a ridiculous mouth-agape pose. I'd seen it with the two high-school boys, so was able to temper my pose a bit, but it's still silly:

First Bite photo by Masamichi Miyazawa -- Men-Baka Ramen Restaurant (めん馬鹿) -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2013 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/ -- This photo is licensed to the public under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/ (non-commercial use is freely allowed if proper attribution is given, including a link back to this page on http://regex.info/ when used online)
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First Bite
photo by Masamichi Miyazawa

You can find plenty of videos of this event on YouTube.

The ramen was not bad, but aside from the fun spectacle of its preparation, was otherwise not outstanding.


Comments so far....

The flames look really bad. That flat orange that reminds of old ACR profiles. Are these the ColorChecker-generated profiles?

Well, thanks for the kind words. /-: All photos except the one are colorchecker color balanced against the shade streaming in from the front of the store. For the record, I like the look of the flames (despite that the dynamic range is vastly more than a digital image sensor can handle). —Jeffrey

— comment by Dorin Nicolaeascu-Musteață on April 25th, 2013 at 10:22pm JST (1 year, 8 months ago) comment permalink

So cool! I want ramen now…

— comment by luc on April 25th, 2013 at 11:53pm JST (1 year, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Those flaming shots are AWESOME! The Proprietor looks like a son of the gods. Nobody looks canned or posing in any of the shots… save for you.. but you earned it.

Seriously its amazing how in one shot your in a Kyoto Ramen shop and then the next in the fiery bowel of seventh hell. ( I love See No Evil, -wouldn’t fault you at all for photoshopping out the lightbulbs from above victim #1 at all)

I will chop my own hand off if we don’t visit that ramen shop on my next trip to Japan.

— comment by Ron Evans on April 26th, 2013 at 12:46am JST (1 year, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Also, please tell us how you took those shots. I see the exposure settings, and I’m surmising you put everything on Auto and then did rapid fire. Impressive photos, camera and shooter.

I generally shoot in manual-focus aperture-priority mode. I knew something was coming so had it on 10FPS rapid fire. It makes for a nice movie, though the flames move too quickly make the movie smooth. —Jeffrey

— comment by Ron Evans on April 26th, 2013 at 12:50am JST (1 year, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Wow, that is… really something. It must have been quite an experience! Your photos of the flame display came out very well.

— comment by David K on April 26th, 2013 at 3:45am JST (1 year, 8 months ago) comment permalink

That last photo… priceless! ;)

— comment by Che-Cheh on April 26th, 2013 at 10:07pm JST (1 year, 8 months ago) comment permalink

Really nice shots! You can feel the heat in the expression on the face of the students :-)

— comment by Damien on April 27th, 2013 at 10:32pm JST (1 year, 8 months ago) comment permalink
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