An old Kitakata saying goes: ‘A man is not a man unless he has built at least one kura (mud-walled storehouse)’. Scattered around this area near Aizu-Wakamatsu, thousands of unique kura, constructed between the late 18th and early 20th centuries remain. Kitakata, however, is likely more famous for rāmen than its kura obsession. Of 120-plus rāmen joints in town, the common element is wavy, wide noodles in a hearty...
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