Ramen

Tokyo…and beyond!

It’s May 4, 2017. Our last day in Japan. The end of our too brief two-day visit to Tokyo. Tonight we head to Narita Airport on our way back to Winnipeg.

But Gail and I are not yet done with Japan. In just one week from writing this blog post, October 27, we will be returning to Japan once more, briefly stopping in Tokyo before flying to Matsuyama on Shikoku island. There, we will resume our Henro long-distance walk, starting in nearby Ōzu, where we left off on April 22. We will continue our pilgrimage around the island for another 425 kilometres, taking in Temples 44 to 88 before returning to Temple 1.  (more…)

Ramen Rambles: An Invitation

I am pleased to announce that, starting October 2, 2017, Ramen Rambles: Words and Photos by David Firman will be on exhibit at Winnipeg’s Gas Station Arts Centre.

Here are the details:

Gas Station Arts Centre

445 River Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3L 0C3

October 2-31, 2017 (but it will likely run until mid-January 2018)

Monday-Friday, 9:00-16:00 (and during evening performances)

I will be having a public grand opening on October 3 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm so, if you live in, or are visiting Winnipeg, please drop by and say hello.  (more…)

Fukuoka: Robot Days and Ramen Nights

Fukuoka is anything but historic.

Yes, the area was invaded by the Mongols in 1274. Yes, there are the ruins of the 1603 Fukuoka Castle. And, true enough, we are staying in the very traditional Ryokan Kashima Honkan, a delightfully creaky old building.

But this is a back story quickly lost among the sleek towers of the city. This is Japan’s fifth largest city. It’s the place to come if you are a start-up company. The buildings are shiny, modern, new and Western. It’s a place to shop, to eat, to have fun.

This is the city we have come to see. (more…)

Shikoku: Third Time Lucky

Japan…again.

We’ve just arrived in Tokushima, a mid-sized city on the eastern tip of Shikoku, the smallest and least populated of Japan’s four major islands. This will be our jumping-off point for our on-again, off-again long-distance Buddhist pilgrimage walk around the island. (More about that as our journey progresses.)

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Ramen Rambles: The Book

If you have enjoyed my previous Ramen Rambles posts, I am pleased to announce that they have just been released in book form.

Ramen Rambles – the book – is the latest in my series of compact, self-published books available through the on-demand publisher, Blurb Books. This is the fourth in a string of publications devoted to walking methodologies and resultant photographic observation. Fourth in what will be an extensive series of books that, I hope, will cumulatively become an extensive collection entitled An Encyclopedia of Walking (or something snappier).

Like the other three books this one is a soft cover 7” x 7” format but a bit longer, weighing in at 148 pages. The cost is higher than the others. Check my Blurb Bookstore for details.

So why would anyone want to purchase Ramen Rambles, the book? Here are six good reasons: (more…)