Forty years ago in 1971, history was made. A new invention was unleashed on the world that would go on to do no less than change that very world itself. Yes, that was the year Cup Noodles (a.k.a. Cup O’ Noodles) was invented by Momofuku Ando, a Taiwanese-Japanese businessman. And life was good.
In honor of this milestone, the Nissin Cup Noodle Museum will open in Yokohama tomorrow (or today if you’re reading this in the U.S. where it’s already tomorrow in Japan). Exhibits will include the instant ramen history cube (which chronicles the history of the product) to a CGI video detailing the life of Ando to the Cup Noodle Park where children (and hopefully adults) can use playground equipment to become the ramen as it goes through the stages of its production process “from creation to shipping.”
Now, this news alone would be awesome, but there’s more!
This is Japan’s second cup noodles museum. That’s right—Japan will now have not one, but two museums devoted to instant ramen. Excuse me while I pass out for a few seconds.
That first museum, the Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum, opened in 1999 and features everything from a recreation of the laboratory where Ando created his first chicken ramen to an instant ramen tunnel. And the best part is admission is free. Check out the original museum here:
All I can say is, I want to go to there.