TBS, the major television network in Japan, hit gold with last year's Big Tsukemen Festival. The concept is simple. Invite a bunch of popular shops, advertise it using your own network, and take half the pot.
They've had a few more events since the one in Hibiya about 6 months ago. One in Roppongi, and even a smaller one in Fukuoka are the two I'm aware of. Today's adventure took me to a very Western feeling part of town, Akasaka. It's also the home of the TBS headquarters.
On a drizzly June weekday, there weren't too many people.
This time, you have 9 shops to choose from. The spicy tantanmen from Aun looked good.
The signature "Fire" tantanmen came spiced up big time. Spicy soup, some sort of added brown mystery powder, and lots and lots of chili oil.
My friends went with Tanaka
and uber-famous Taishoken.
I have to say, I picked the right one. Not saying the others weren't bad, but this spice was perfect.
Please take pictures and upload to twitter or your blog!
I think these outdoor ramen festivals are great. Unlike many shops, lingering around, drinking convenience store beers, and trying multiple bowls is greatly encouraged. In fact, let's do just that.
Date: Monday, June 21st
Place: This thing in the middle of the Akasaka Sakasu square.
If you are in Tokyo, let's meet up and have a bowl or two.
Here's a video about the festival. I couldn't get past a minute of the music though. See you on the 21st!
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