This is the window display at a shark fin restaurant in Chinatown. We didn't go in, but were impressed with how many different size portions were available.
Many of us snacked on steamed pork buns in between browsing in the shops.
Our moms' tour ended at The Raumen Museum in Shin-Yokohama, where the year is 1958 (Showa year 33) -- the year instant ramen noodles were invented (leading to affordable nourishment for countless American college kids) and the popularity of this Chinese noodle dish among the Japanese was at its peak. Much like a Las Vegas casino, it's a beautiful evening inside this place, all day long.
museum wall art
We had lunch at one of the restaurants serving Kyushu-style, or tonkotsu ramen, known for its creamy, pork fat-infused broth (miso and soy are the other two popular versions).
Julie and I spent way too much time studying a menu that we could not read, hoping the photos would give us a clue.
To order, you must feed yen into the ticket machine by the door, press the button for the dish you want, and out pops a tiny ticket stub, which you then hand over to the server. Lunch arrives a few minutes later.
We bonded, the waitress and I