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  • The first Ramen Ichiraku.
  • The second Ramen Ichiraku.

Ramen Ichiraku (ラーメン一楽, Rāmen Ichiraku) is a ramen restaurant in Konohagakure. It is also Naruto Uzumaki and Iruka Umino's favourite place to eat. It was founded by Teuchi and is currently run by his daughter Ayame. Unlike the majority of the village before his rise to fame, the two never viewed Naruto in a negative light; rather, he is their favourite customer.

In Part II of the manga, Ayame goes on a trip and Matsu and Nishi, a couple of shop hands, are hired to replace her. Both are fairly inept and either spill the ramen they serve or accidentally stick their fingers in it.

The original bar was destroyed during Pain's assault on Konoha, and a new, bigger one was built sometime after the invasion. In the anime, it can be assumed that Inari helped build the new bar, as he told Naruto he would build him an amazing Ramen Ichiraku.

Ramen Ichiraku is a common setting for various scenes throughout the series, often being visited by Naruto between arcs. An anime episode is dedicated to the bar, in which Ayame is kidnapped and Naruto and his friends must prepare a perfect ramen recipe for a ransom. Using ninjutsu, Chōji, Sakura, and Naruto make a perfect recipe. At the end of the episode, the menu is updated to include diet ramen, which attracts almost every female character from the series to the bar. In the anime, Ayame convinces her father to convert the bar into a tsukemen shop, much to Naruto's dismay, though nothing is changed. Following the Fourth Shinobi World War, the restaurant starts to sell instant ramen.

Around fifteen years after the war, Ramen Ichiraku had become vastly popular between both the villagers and tourists, due largely to Naruto's world-wide fame and his personal love of Ramen Ichiraku. Since becoming one of the village's top establishments, and as the village continued to modernise, Ramen Ichiraku was remodeled into a large indoor building to seat many.[1]

Trivia

  • The name of the restaurant loosely translates to "Ramen is the Best Pleasure".
  • It was revealed in the movie Naruto Shippūden the Movie: The Lost Tower, that the restaurant was built twenty-three years before the start of the series. However, according to the Third Databook, the restaurant has been around for approximately thirty-four years.
  • Naruto and Hinata had their first date here and since became a regular occasion for them.[2]
  • Ramen Ichiraku was modelled after a real-life ramen restaurant, also called Ichiraku Ramen, near the waterfront in the city of Fukuoka, Japan, where the author of Naruto, Masashi Kishimoto, apparently went to university (Kyushu Sangyo Daigaku) for a period of time according to local sources. It is next to a Yakiniku (Japanese Barbecue) restaurant (a possible reference that Kishimoto used as Chōji's favourite restaurant), a Chinese Food place, and a video game shop. Tonkotsu ramen (noodles in a pork broth) is served there. There are two Ichiraku Ramen locations in Fukuoka, one near JR's Kyu-dai Mae station very close to the university, and another in the down-town Hakata area. As part of the merchandise for Naruto, handkerchiefs are sold emblazoned with various Naruto characters in instant noodle cups labelled Ichiraku Ramen.
  • According to Naruto, Ichiraku Ramen's nutritional-quality is on par with Military Rations Pill.[1]
  • Ramen Ichiraku has an eating-contest, which Hinata Uzumaki holds the record of forty six servings, earning her the nickname "Queen of Gluttony". Chōji Akimichi holds the record for second place with forty two servings, followed by his father Chōza with at least eighteen servings.[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Boruto episode 18
  2. After The Last