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Over the past 6 months, I set a goal in tasting 100+ bowls of ramen in Japan. Now, I end up with 25 bowls that I can't ever forget...
Over the past 6 months, I set a goal in tasting 100+ bowls of ramen in Japan. Now, I end up with 25 bowls that I can't ever forget...
Over the past 6 months, I set a goal in tasting 100+ bowls of ramen in Japan. Now, I end up with 25 bowls that I can't ever forget...
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THE RAMEN CHART: 25 Ramen Bowls You Must Try Before You Die

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Do you want to try the best of the best ramen? This poster illustrates 25 top ramen bowls that are highly recommended by Japanese locals, food critics, and ramen experts in Japan. Mark them off one by one as you try these delicious ramen bowls in person when visiting Japan next time! 

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"The Ramen Chart is undoubtedly a labor of love for Fanny. Not only did she create all of the artwork for the 25 featured “try before you die” ramen noodle bowls, but she also took extra care to organize the chart in such a manner that allows the viewer to get a sense of what goes into the broth of the soup and the region of Japan from which a particular specialty hails. Each of the bowls on the chart are considered by Fanny to be high quality and some have even won national awards!" - Rocket News 24

"THE RAMEN CHART, a poster that displays 25 ramen bowls you should definitely try!" - Japanese Station

"At this point most ramen enthusiasts have tried one if not all the ramen shops within their respective home towns. The only next logical step is the biggest one of all, getting ramen in Japan. But where to start? What are the different kinds? And where can you find the best ones? This is where the work of one woman, Fanny Chu, comes into play." -Bentobyte

STORY

In the past half year, I traveled to Japan and started my ramen journey. Prior to my journey, I did a lot of homework and research of ramen shops, recommendation from foodies friends and other ramen experts. As a result, I have tried 100+ ramen bowls over these 6 months.

The sad part is I don't live in Japan. Every time I came back to the US, my mind is already thinking about re-visiting some of the best ramen bowls that I had in Japan. That's why I design "THE RAMEN CHART," a list of the world famous and high quality delicious ramen bowls in Japan. 

After trying so many superb ramen, these top 25 ramen bowls on THE RAMEN CHART are definitely THE 25 BOWLS that I will recommend to a true ramen lover. Most of these ramen have already received awards from the country, some won the local's most favorite ramen bowls, some even already got very popular overseas too. 

And of course, one of the best bowls I fell in love with is from the first Michelin-ranked ramen shop called Tsuta 蔦

Shoyu ramen at Tsuta 蔦, the first ramen shop who received a Michelin star last year!
Shoyu ramen at Tsuta 蔦, the first ramen shop who received a Michelin star last year!

THE POSTER

ILLUSTRATION

Each ramen bowls are drawn from my photos, which was taken from each visit of the shop. It provides clues of toppings, noodle types, and side dishes from simply the presentation of each bowl. 

SOUP FLAVOR TABS

While the soup is as important as the noodles and toppings, I first had difficult time expressing it on my poster. That's why I have a new system to express each bowl's soup flavors. 

For example, Tsuta's soup uses 3 types of soy sauces, chicken, and seafood. 

From looking at the colored tabs, you can spot the ones that you love the most specifically! Or, it can be very useful for people who are allergic to seafood, beef, etc. 

LOCATION MATTERS

The ramen bowls are organized based on location. Shops located on the North side of the country will locate on upper part of the poster, and the ones located on the South will be found near the bottom of the poster. 

Although over 50% are located in Tokyo area, there are recommended shops located in Southern part of the country like Osaka, Hyogo, Wakayama, Nara, Fukuoka, as well as all the way North in Hokkaido. 

BACKGROUND

Most ingredients that make up a delicious bowl of ramen came from the sea: seafood, kombu, (kelp) sea salt, etc. "The Great Wave" actually perfectly represents the huge impression from every single ramen bowl I've tasted as well. 

Waves are continuous, some are small and some are particularly huge! And that is how I imagine myself thinking about each ramen. When there's a huge wave, it imprints a significant flavor, texture, and impression in my mind. "The Great Wave off Kanagawa" by Japanese artist Hokusai became my inspiration for this poster background design.

 

Hanko (Artist Stamp)

For each print, I personally stamp with my artist stamp. You can choose where you want me to stamp on your poster (on front upper right corner OR back upper left corner of poster) by the end of campaign.

My Hanko (Artist Stamp)
My Hanko (Artist Stamp)

 

SPECIFICATION

Dimension: 16x20 inches

Paper Type: 80 lb. paper (subject to change based on stretch goals!)

Poster Finish: Gloss finish

Edition: Year of 2016

ABOUT DESIGNER  

Hi, my name is Fanny. I am a noodle freak and I love ramen so much that I crave for it almost every single day. My dream is to live in Japan and find my best bowl of ramen!

MY PREVIOUS DESIGNS

Before this campaign, I designed 3 other poster projects: The Ramen Poster, Japanese Snack poster, and The Ramen Poster 2.0.

The Ramen Poster (16x20) - Festival OR Traditional Version
The Ramen Poster (16x20) - Festival OR Traditional Version

 

The Ramen Poster was my first poster work. It illustrates 25 different types of ramen recipes in Japan including the famous Tantanmen and Tsukemen. Discover the top 25 ramen specialties in different regions of Japan.  

Check out The Ramen Poster Kickstarter campaign at HERE.

Japanese Snack Poster (16x20) - Maple Version
Japanese Snack Poster (16x20) - Maple Version

 

The Japanese Snack Poster was created from the inspiration of delicious traditional Japanese snacks. Many people are familiar with the snacks that are sealed in a plastic package, but in Japan these snacks are still made fresh everyday as either street food, tea snacks, or izakaya food. Get to know 25 tasty authentic Japanese snacks and possibly try to make them yourself at home!

Check out The Japanese Snack Poster Kickstarter campaign at HERE.

The Ramen Poster 2.0 (24x36) - Spicy Version
The Ramen Poster 2.0 (24x36) - Spicy Version

 

 

The Ramen Poster 2.0 (24x36) - Mt. Fuji Version
The Ramen Poster 2.0 (24x36) - Mt. Fuji Version

The Ramen Poster 2.0 Poster is an upgraded version of "The Ramen Poster." Adding 17 more ramen recipes, the poster now has a total of 42 types of ramen recipes across the country of Japan. It includes more flavors like Tori-Paitan (ramen with a rich chicken broth that was made similar to Tonkotsu style) and modern inventions like Ramen Burger. (Grilled ramen buns sandwiching roast pork, scallions, and other ramen toppings)

Check out The Ramen Poster 2.0 Kickstarter campaign at HERE.

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SHIPPING

I use kraft mailing tubes when shipping posters. They are very sturdy and I pack extra layer of bubble wrap to avoid wrinkles and tear during shipment. USPS is the shipping carrier I will be using for shipping rewards. 

Why is International shipping costs $20+? 

Postal cost for international shipments increased more than $5 for their first-class service this year. For more details about postal rates increase, check out: http://blog.stamps.com/2015/10/22/usps-announces-postage-rate-increase-starts-january-17-2016/

Risks and challenges

This is the 5th Kickstarter project I've created. Although I am the only one handling for all the designs, managements, packaging, shipping, I set myself a schedule every single time to make sure rewards are ready before promised date and ship on time.

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