Our fifth day in Japan began with a delightful trip to the Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum in Osaka, Japan. Interestingly, instant ramen was founded in Ikeda, Osaka by Momofuku Ando, a Japanese businessman who was born in Puzi, Taiwan on March 5, 1910. This successful, innovative entrepreneur later founded the Nissin Food Products Company. At the interactive educational food museum, our Yoder students learned about the history and manufacturing of instant noodles and even created their own cup noodle, complete with an adorable souvenir bag.
After a delicious barbecue lunch, our tour continued at the Osaka Castle, one of the most famous historical landmarks in Japan. The castle was built by the hegemon Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who ruled Japan during the late 16th century. While our students did not have a chance to visit the interior of the castle, they did enjoy a leisurely walk and the serenity of the garden.
Finally, a trip to Osaka, Japan would not be complete without a tour of the Harukas 300 Observatory, the tallest Skyscraper in Japan. At 300 feet high, the structure houses a department store, an art museum, a hotel, restaurants, and an observation deck. The 60th floor offers a breathtaking 360 degree view of Osaka, Japan, while the 58th floor features a tranquil garden and charming café. Our students were truly blessed with a beautifully clear night, which allowed them to enjoy a spectacular view of Osaka.