Sharing the dream…

Day 102:

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!

4 Replies to “Sharing the dream…”

  1. @Seneschal: trust me. when i get back to the states, people won't know what hit them. haha jk.

    @Wall Street Pundit: i've thought of that too. maybe someday!

  2. Good luck to both of you!
    As you know, now is the best time, if ever, to learn the ramen craft. The ramen craze is gaining steam in the US, just check out the lines at Daikokuya or Shinsengumi in the States! Just be sure to come back in time to catch the crest of the wave!

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