You can take the ramen-loving singer out of Japan, but you can’t take away the singer’s love for ramen.
Three years ago, English-born musician Sting came to Japan for the first time in six years, where he was photobombed by fellow Universal Music artist Piko Taro, back when he was riding high on the popularity of the viral hit song “Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen“.
While Sting laid low for most of his Japan trip in 2006, there was one special Japan experience he was happy to share on Instagram with his 684,000 followers, and that was his visit to “one of my favourite ramen restaurants”, the Harajuku branch of the Santouka ramen chain.
▼ Santouka was founded in Hokkaido in 1988 and today has branches around Asia and in Canada and the U.S. as well.
Now Sting has returned to Japan, this time for his “My Songs” tour, and his love for noodles remains strong, as this photo posted to his Instagram account shows the 68-year-old outside yet another ramen joint.
▼ Sting enjoyed a bowl of noodles at ramen chain Horin on 8 October
Horin is a Fukuoka-based ramen chain with four branches in Fukuoka and one in Vancouver, Canada. Sting’s Japan tour kicked off on 7 October in Kyushu’s Fukuoka Prefecture, which may or may not have been planned by Sting based on his foodie preferences, as Fukuoka is famous for being the birthplace of tonkotsu ramen.
▼ Tonkotsu ramen uses a rich pork broth, and Horin is said to be the first restaurant in the country to top its tonkotsu ramen with chilli.
Sting looked happy to be enjoying his ramen stop in Fukuoka, but he’s since said sayonara to the tonkotsu town and is currently on the move, with concerts lined up for Sendai on 12 October and Osaka on 15 October, following his performances in Chiba on 9 and 10 October.
We can’t wait to see what other food finds the former frontman for The Police will share as he travels through the country. Perhaps he’ll try Fire Ramen in Kyoto and Mud Ramen in Aichi? Either way, let’s hope he doesn’t leave it too long between ramen bowls next time, or else he’ll miss out on limited-edition wonders like this terrifying Piranha Ramen.
Ramenya Horin / 鳳凛
Address: Fukuoka-ken, Fukuoka-shi, Chuo-ku Haruyoshi 3-21-15
Hours: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 a.m. (Monday-Thursday, Sunday, and public holidays) ; 11:00 a.m.-6:00 a.m. (Friday, Saturday, and the day before a public holiday)
Irregular holidays, approximately one day off every four months.