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About

Ramen in Japan is the best, no one can argue about that. But the secret is: there are actually many awesome ramen shops and hidden gems within the United States too!! For this project, I would like to share "the top 25 ramen shops throughout the United States" in a form of a graphic art poster!

Two years ago, I created "The Ramen Chart" right after my 100th bowl of ramen in Japan! After tasting so many bowls in different prefectures and cities in Japan, I listed out 25 top ramen bowls in Japan.

Japan Edition
Japan Edition

When returning to the United States, my craving for ramen grows even stronger! After tasting so many types of ramen with unique ingredients and fine quality in Japan, it is only natural for me to search for delicious ramen in the U.S. too. Thus, I began my new adventure hunting for delicious ramen in different parts of the U.S.: Hawaii, Northern and Southern California, New York, etc...  

After trying over 50+ ramen shops and Japanese restaurants throughout the U.S. one by one, this is how I came up with the top 25 spots for quality ramen within the United States!

つけ麺 Tsukemen (Dipping Noodle)
つけ麺 Tsukemen (Dipping Noodle)

There are 25 ramen bowls on "The Ramen Chart," each represents the specialty/signature bowl from each ramen shop. 

(Image Above) Texts are blurred out to protect this project's content. Physical and digital copies are going to be readable without those blurriness.
(Image Above) Texts are blurred out to protect this project's content. Physical and digital copies are going to be readable without those blurriness.
Closer Look
Closer Look

ILLUSTRATION

All ramen illustrations are based on the real ramen that you will eat at the restaurant.   

Photograph to Illustration (corner)
Photograph to Illustration (corner)

CONTENTS

Below each illustration, you will find more detailed information for the ramen: soup base, the name of the ramen on menu, restaurant name, and the location of restaurant.

LOCATION OF RESTAURANTS

Throughout the U.S., there are some cities where you will find larger group of Japanese communities and usually you can also find beautiful structures decorations nearby. San Francisco's Japantown and Los Angeles's Little Tokyo are two most well-known Japanese communities for Japanese food, events, and festivals.

Above Photograph "Japantown" by Leon G / CC BY 2.0

On the east coast, New York City is the home for many Japanese immigrants as well. After all, New York City is one of Tokyo’s sister cities. Let's not forget Honolulu in Hawaii has the richest Japanese influences from the earliest Japanese settlements starting in the 19th century.

BACKGROUND

In 1910, Japan gave the United States the first batch of 3,000 cherry trees as gift. Since then, cherry tree symbolizes the close relationship between Japan and the United States. The background for this poster design is inspired by the very same cherry tree. It is displayed in its fullest bloom with bright pink flowers. 

Above Photograph "Cherry Washington Monument" by Tom Finzel / CC BY 2.0 

It was taken during pre-dawn at Monumental Core, Washington, District of Columbia. (Capital of the United States of America) 

Dimension
Dimension

Physical copy: 

  • Print in USA 
  • 80 lb. recycled poster paper with glossy finish
  • Width:16 inch (40.64cm)
  • Height: 20 inch (50.8cm)
  • 2018 Limited Edition with Hanko (Artist Seal) stamp on front or back of poster (See details below at section "Hanko")
  • Delivered by mail, (poster will be rolled and ship in a 24-inch secured kraft mailing tube) 

Digital copy:

  • High resolution PDF file
  • Printing up to original size: 16 inch (40.64cm) x 20 inch (50.8cm) 
  • Unlimited print for personal use or gift only (Hanging on a restaurant/cafe/office's wall is okay)
  • Resell is prohibited
  • Delivered by email

I seal my personal "Hanko" (Artist stamp) on every single design I've ever created. It is a traditional practice for artists to stamp genuine artwork, acting just like a signature. 

My Hanko Stamp
My Hanko Stamp

If you are pledging for a physical copy reward, you will be asked by the end of this campaign if you prefer my Hanko to be stamped on front of back of the poster. 

Hanko sample on "The Ramen Poster, Festival Background"
Hanko sample on "The Ramen Poster, Festival Background"
  

 My name is Fanny Chu. I am a ramen freak who is passionate about Japanese noodle and food. Other than blogging about my favorite food, I've created many graphic designs and poster arts based on Japanese food. Below is a list of my previous successful Kickstarter campaigns since 2015:

JFoodie.Tictail.com  |  @Japanese_foodie  |  Fanny@JFoodie.com

Risks and challenges

I have 8 Kickstarter campaigns since 2015. I personally design my own art, manage my campaign, have a reliable printing source, and ship all my rewards. Thanks to all those experience, I am able to fulfill my campaign with a smoother and quicker pace. As a backer, you will be notify with updates regarding the process of fulfillment, delivery, and allow you to track your rewards with a provided tracking link too.

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