|Noodles on one side, soup on the other.|
|This cute little sign at a tsukemen shop warns you to blow on the noodles and eat them slowly!|
|Bright red, spicy Hiroshima tsukemen soup...|
|You can practically see the steam coming out of my ears.|
If you're a noodle fan, you should check out one of my favourite Japanese movies, Tampopo (Juzo Itami, 1985), a comedy about ramen (not so much tsukemen, sorry). It's hilarious, and will almost definitely make you hungry for noodles. Here's a YouTube clip from Tampopo, in which the 'ramen master' demonstrates the 'correct way' to eat noodles. I'm gonna try this next time...