March 5, 1910 – January 5, 2007
The creator of the Ramen Noodle.
Serial entrepreneur who lived until the ripe age of 96 and didn’t get his first big break until his late forties.
“Ramen is one of the most minutely documented foods in Japan,” Solt writes. A number of geopolitical and economic factors—the reindustrialization of Japan’s workforce during the Cold War, the redefining of national identity during twenty years of economic stagnation—all combined to elevate ramen from working-class sustenance to a dish that is internationally recognized, beloved, and iconic.