Opening a shop that specialises in bowls of pineapple noodles (pain ramen) may sound more like a drunken dare than a serious business move. But in my Nishiogikubo home, a local man has done just that.
Pineapple ramenyasan papapapapain, as it`s called, opened at the end of June. Two cynical men living in my guesthouse predict it will close at the end of September.
A Tokyo first, it`s certainly controversial; many locals I have spoken to are afraid to go there. It seems chiefly popular with 女women and courageous, curious 男men – like myself.
A refreshing taste, pain ramen is a welcome break from the fat feast of standard ramen. It`s certainly addictive, I have already been 3 times and have a stamp card to prove it. I recommend it; just go while you can.