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... Continue Reading →

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,... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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.) Our Shikoku adventure first started in... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

Ramen Rambles: Postscript

I don’t over-estimate the importance of these five rambles in search of ramen. They are simple self-propelled journeys through the ordinary lands of my city in search of ordinary bowls of soup. When I use the word ‘ordinary’ I mean to say that the ingredients are just that. Garage doors, railway tracks, shopping carts, trees.... Continue Reading →

Ramen Rambles: Part Five

There should be nothing surprising about today’s walk to St. Boniface for a bowl of ramen at Dwarf no Cachette. These are well-trod, familiar paths between home and downtown and, just beyond that, St. Boniface. I’ve spent years and years trekking up and down Portage Avenue, taken thousands of ambles through Wolseley, West Broadway, Downtown... Continue Reading →

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