The owner of Ramen Kabuto loves two things — ramen, and the Sengoku feudal period.
If you’re a tourist in Japan, there’s a good chance you’ll want to eat some delicious ramen, and see some samurai armour on display.
Now you can do both at the one place, since the owner of Ramen Kabuto in Sapporo, Hokkaido, has taken to cooking while dressed in a full suit of samurai armour.
The restaurant actually opened four years ago, and while the chef always intended the venue to have a samurai theme (kabuto is the Japanese word for ‘helmet’), SoraNews 24 reports that he has only started wearing the armour on the job this month.
What took so long? Well, he needed to find a craftsman who could make him a suit that would be flexible enough to allow him his full range of movement in the kitchen. In the end, the armour was actually made out of aluminum, much like the armour featured in samurai movies and TV shows, rather than the more authentic iron suits that were actually worn in the Sengoku period.
Needless to say, people have come from far and wide to see the aluminium chef in the kitchen, including pro wrestlers Ryota Hama and Yasufumi Nakanoue.
There are actually two Ramen Kabuto restaurants in Sapporo, but if you want to see the samurai chef at work, you’ll have to visit the original Sumikawa branch.
Ramen Kabuto (Sapporo-shi, Minami-ku, Sumikawa 3-2-5-17, High Tree Building 1st floor) is open 11am to 3pm Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 11pm Sundays, and closed on Mondays.