California roll, spider roll, caterpillar roll. It is well known that sushi born in Japan has spread to the world and has evolved uniquely all over the world.

Actually, this is the same for ramen. It is said that ramen born in Japan has expanded into the world and has undergone unique evolution in various parts of the world. Well, I didn't know.

Ramen shop in Frankfurt, Germany
Ramen shop in Frankfurt, Germany

Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum announced that it will open "Local Ramen Shops in the World" on April 24th, which introduces ramen shops that have evolved independently all over the world. The museum will invite and introduce ramen shops that do not have stores in Japan and offer unique ramen that incorporates local food culture, that is, "overseas local ramen" shops.

A procession at a ramen shop in Paris
A procession at a ramen shop in Paris

According to the Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum, "ramen" is the most popular Japanese food in the world. The museum has investigated the world's ramen situation for the past three years and revealed that there are more than 1,000 ramen shops overseas as of February 2013.

■ Number of ramen shops in the world (according to Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum)

Overseas ramen shop MAP
Overseas ramen shop MAP

USA: 305 stores

Thailand: 171 stores

Singapore: 148 stores

China: 125 stores

Australia: 56 stores

Canada: 48 stores

United Kingdom: 41 stores

France: 36 stores

Malaysia: 24 stores

Germany: 22 stores

New Zealand: 8 stores

Brazil: 8 stores

Italy: 6 stores

At the "Local Ramen Shops in the World", you can enjoy the "Local Ramen Shops" in the world carefully selected by the Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum from the more than 1,000 ramen shops in the world.

Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum
Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum

The first country and store name will be announced on April 1, 2013. In addition, from April 8, 2013, a special exhibition will be held at the exhibition gallery on the 1st floor to introduce the ramen situation around the world. We are going to introduce the previously unknown "Now of Ramen in the World".