Japanese Culture & Photography
3 min readFeb 18, 2022


Sumo Ramen

Everything in Japan is SMALL…or so I thought.

I have never struggled with portion sizes in Japan until I went to Jiro Ramen.

Just to give you an idea of how much food they give you, I went to an all you can eat restaurant with no time limit and stayed there for 3 hours to get full.

Over here I almost couldn’t even finish my meal.

Jiro Ramen always has a line no matter where you go.

Many business men and even sumo wrestlers go here to eat.

The reason for this is not just because of the size of the ramen but it is super cheap.

You can get a regular meal for only 600 yen ($6) and double charsui for 700 yen ($7).


The first time I went here I made the mistake of ordering double charsui. (double the amount of meat)

I under estimated the amount of food at this restaurant.

The ramen served here is tonkotsu (pork bone) which is my favorite type of ramen.

However, it does not taste the same as Ichiran.

It is partially because the amount of meat and fat that they use in their ramen that overwhelms the taste of the broth.

Jiro Ramen is characterized by the amount of food that they give, their mountain of vegetables (mainly bean sproats and cabbage) and their extremely fatty charsui.

Believe me this is the best charsui that I’ve had in Japan and probably the worst for my body.


Due to the huge amount of people waiting outside, they do not want you to take your time eating.

They might get angry at you especially if you enjoy talking.

Once you are finished they expect you to leave and open your seat for the next person to eat.



Japanese Culture & Photography

Japanese culture, food, sightseeing spots, and photography. Tokyo based Asian American professional photographer born and raised in Hawaii.