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Another Visit to the Koyama Ramen Shop

Tonight I went with some friends to have dinner at the Koyama family ramen shop. This was my second visit to the restaurant - you can read about our first visit here when we were in Japan at the start of the Winter Party Diamond concert tour.

Being a Saturday night it was a lot busier than when we'd been there before and we were lucky to get the last available table in the corner. The first thing we noticed was that it was looking a little different to when we had been there last. It had recently been reported on their website that there had been some changes, and there most definitely have.

The walls have been totally cleared - including all posters, and the map of Japan that featured keyrings and phonestraps left by fans. Now the only NEWS thing on display is this poster.

The arrow pointing to Shige is very cute, as are the hearts next to both their names.

As I mentioned it was a pretty busy night, and we'd only caught a glimpse of Koyama's mother hard at work in the kitchen as we made our way to our table. It seemed like it was going to stay very busy, and maybe we wouldn't have much of any chance to even say hello to her or to give her the goodies we'd brought from Australia. On our last visit she'd been very excited about Australia so this time we brought some chocolate koalas and some clip-on koalas and kangaroos.

However, as we were eating our meals she came to the entrance of the kitchen, looked over at us and said, "hisashiburi ... Australia ...!" and my heart stopped. I was totally stunned that she actually remembered us from our last visit.

She then came over to our table to say hello properly, and she even seemed to notice that some of our group were different. So everyone said where they were from - only two of us were from Australia and we chatted briefly. She was still excited about Australia and I was able to give her the pressies that we'd bought. She really loved the little animals and said that she would be seeing her grand children tomorrow and would take some along for them.

Then she went to the kitchen and returned with a packet of photos. These were photos from the Shichi-Go-San ceremony for 5 year old Haru-chan that the whole family attended at Meiji Shrine. It was very generous of her to spend time with us sharing these photos.

It was a great experience and I'll definitely be headed back there on my next visit to Japan. I had the ramen this time and it was very yummy as was the gyoza.

P.S. I'll be in Tokyo for a few more days yet, and will be catching up on scanning the latest magazines when I get home. I also have a new batch of official shop photos to scan when I get home too.


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Feb. 13th, 2010 05:08 pm (UTC)
oh wow that was very kind!!!
such a great experience! ^~^

i wondered if it would be weird to become a regular there XD
being foreigner.. and so on..
I'll be back there some time soon though, it surely is the most delicious food i ever had. i keep comparing the ramen here =p

keii wrote that on the poster?
must be, there is a shige and a heart LOL

thank you for sharing ~
Feb. 13th, 2010 05:40 pm (UTC)
wow, inala-san. are u in Tokyo now? I wanna meet you if you have a free time. Shige's name is sooo cute. makes me feel sweet. thank you for the report.
Feb. 14th, 2010 03:58 am (UTC)
yes, we're in Tokyo for a few more days ... I'll send you an email with more details.
Feb. 13th, 2010 06:28 pm (UTC)
you're so lucky..
you got to chat with KoyaMAMA, and saw photos of the whole family..

she has a really good memory, and she's so sweet.. ♥
that's why Koyama is such a nice & kind person.. ♥

thanks for sharing! =)
Feb. 13th, 2010 08:05 pm (UTC)

How are you? No wonder... You probably didn't get my text then XD Heard about the new NEWS single? You probably have :D

Have fun in Tokyo~
Feb. 14th, 2010 07:04 am (UTC)
Doing fine but not getting a lot of sleep. No I didn't get your text - it's waiting for me at home I guess ... we arrived on Wednesday in perfect time for the news of the single. I pre-ordered it right away.

Yup, I'd say we've been lucky. It's been 16 months since I've been in Japan and at the ramen shop. There was no way I would ever have expected her to remember us and that we were from Australia. It was a huge surprise.

There definitely needs to be some photos on the NEWS wall of the Johnnys shop with more than 2 members (i.e. TegoMasu) in them. They have a strange collection of pics there are the moment - the final set from WPD - so they're the only NEWS photos from well over a year ago. Then Tanabata Matsuri TegoMasu pics (so Koi no ABO is gone), the Live Diamond dvd pv solo pics, Yamapi in New York and then the off-shots from the Countdown uchiwa.

Still it was my first time negotiating the Johnnys shop ticketing routine in a flurry of snow flakes. And you know how novel that is for those of us from Australia!
(no subject) - arisa_draconis - Feb. 14th, 2010 08:15 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - inala - Feb. 19th, 2010 09:02 am (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 14th, 2010 12:18 am (UTC)
Aw, sweet and fun! I wonder why they took the map down ....
Feb. 14th, 2010 06:51 am (UTC)
I think they just took everything down and cleared the decks. The place feels surprisingly larger with the walls clear though I'm sure they will get covered up as time goes by. Plus I imagine it would have been quite an exercise to even get the map and all those trinkets down from the wall.

However it certainly makes the poster that's there, and the hand written messages stand out. I'm still not sure why there needed to be an arrow pointing to Shige.
(no subject) - centrodigravita - Feb. 15th, 2010 05:19 am (UTC) - Expand
Feb. 14th, 2010 03:08 am (UTC)
koyamama's mama is so cool!!! hahaha!
enjoy your stay there =D
Feb. 14th, 2010 03:53 am (UTC)
ahhhh, that is too cool!!!! bet she's mentioned y'all to Koyama. ;)
Feb. 14th, 2010 06:21 am (UTC)
This report seems to be missing something about a drunken friend making a fool of herself and forcing Koyamama to look at pictures of her sister and thanking her for Koyama.
Feb. 14th, 2010 06:45 am (UTC)
Really? I also heard that she found EVERYTHING DE-LI-CIOUS including Koyamama's son, so thanks were definitely in order.

But I have it on good authority that as long as you can still walk to the station there's nothing to report. XD
Feb. 14th, 2010 09:33 am (UTC)
It was awesome haha.

And they even know CZECH thanks to the baito kun`s soccer addiction *thinks that she should pay more attention it*

Thank you for taking me there ^^ And the photos indeed were very nice, especially the koalas in there... *dreams about the picture*
Feb. 14th, 2010 12:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for the lovely report. Koyama's mom is so sweet. I think she was so impressed with you guys so she could remember you well. The way she called you "Australia" was so adorable! XD

I surely wanted to visit her if I were in Japan! :D
Feb. 19th, 2010 09:05 am (UTC)
It was surprising enough that she remembered us, but to actually remember us being from Australia made me really glad that we'd brought koalas and kangaroos. Our first visit was an amazing experience for me - one I certainly will never forget - just really touching that after 16 months she actually remembered us. Guess we did make a positive impression too!

I'm very happy.
Feb. 14th, 2010 01:40 pm (UTC)
wuahh~koyamama, how kind of her~ =)
inala~san, just realized that u're from sydney as well, hello neighbor!^o^
have fun in tokyo! =D
Feb. 15th, 2010 02:49 am (UTC)
Thank you for the report and I'm glad you're having fun :)

Koyama is so cute pointing out Shige XD♥
Feb. 15th, 2010 03:29 am (UTC)
awe, cute report. Gotta love these JEmamas :) (just read a report on somebody going to vist Aiba Masaki's mama and apparently she was really sweet too)

Haha, Koyama and Shige are such an adorable pair ^^
Feb. 15th, 2010 03:51 am (UTC)
Now I totally get where Kei-chan got his attitude... She's really nice, makes me want to meet her in person as well...
Feb. 15th, 2010 03:59 am (UTC)
wow! u're so lucky!
kei chan's mum is soo sweet!! ^___^
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