A couple days ago, I received an email from a reader named Jay. He had just arrived in Tokyo to start living his ramen dream and asked if we could meet. Of course I said yes. Jay’s story is a little bit different from mine, but we both share the same passion and hope of spreading the ramen word. After being laid off from the typical salary-man job, he decided to risk everything and chase his dream of opening up a ramen shop in San Jose, California. He even sold his house and left his supportive wife and 2-year-old daughter back in the states to come to Tokyo and learn how to make quality ramen. Since Jay is originally from Japan, the language barrier is not a problem. But finding an ideal ramen shop to train at could be.
We definitely had a great conversation. This probably won’t be the last time you hear about Jay either. We’ve agreed to keep in touch so I’ll try to provide updates as I receive them. Good luck Jay! 頑張ってください！ We’re all rooting for you!