Dried ramen, food staple around the world, wasn't the invention of some nameless packaged food corporation, although that's what Nissin became.
It started in a little shed in postwar Japan where Momofuku Ando figured out that you could rehydrate noodles with boiling water simply by cooking them dry in hot oil.
The Nissin corp's "museum" on the bay in Yokohama is less that than a promotional activity center, but I gotta say we had a blast. You pay a reasonable entrance fee, then go up a couple flights and get your empty noodle cup, sterilize your hands with a spritz of alcohol, seal the empty container with a plastic lid, and sit at a table and draw.
When your art is done, you give it to the folks in the clean room behind the glass and they press a shaped mass of dried noodles into the cup. The noodle-mass tapers to fit in the cup, but not enough for it to go all the way down. There is a gap at the bottom for water to fill and so cook the noodles quickly and evenly.
Then you choose a flavor powder and a few freeze-dried extras like green onion, cheese, egg, shrimp, etc. Then the cup gets a tear-off seal and is shrink-wrapped in plastic. You get an inflatable carrying case!
After that is a little walk through the history of the company, including a room that displays every Nissin product ever made by year. I don't care so much for noodle packaging, but collectively it was stunning.
Unfortunately the gift shop left a little to be desired. (I loves me a good museum gift shop. Fuck you, Banksy.) But it was a great time.
Then we left in search of food!