Ramen is serious business in Asia. Korean grocery stores devote aisles to it, and many of my students name it as their favorite food. On our recent trip to Fukuoka, we discovered the Japanese are perhaps even more zealous than the Koreans in their love of noodles.
First, in Canal City, there is a place called Ramen Stadium, which is a store/museum devoted entirely to noodle soups. You can learn about and sample all the major brands of ramen there.
However, the most surreal and just plain weird experience we have ever had in eating out occurred here: