Bushikotsumen Taizō Restaurant Review by Siena Rose

Nothing beats a steaming bowl of hot soup when you’re feeling under the weather, on cold days, or any given day for that matter. Every country probably has its own version of homegrown soup. Ramen is synonymous to Japan.

Ramen (ラーメン) is a Japanese noodle soup made with Chinese-style wheat noodles, a tasty broth, and toppings. Depending on the type of ramen, it is topped with sliced pork (チャーシュー chāshū), green onions, or dried seaweed.  Originally from China, it was brought to Japan during the Meiji Period. Over the years, traditional aspects of Japanese cooking and taste have made their ramen unique.

Conveniently located near KCP’s Kasai dorm is Bushikotsumen Taizō, a favorite eating spot for many KCP students.

Here’s KCP Academic Year 2017 student Siena Rose’s take on Bushikotsumen Taizō:

“Bushikotsumen Taizō is a nice place to come for ramen if you live in the Kasai dorm. It’s extremely close to the dorm (a couple minutes’ walk). The ramen restaurant is to the right of the Y’s Mart (the grocery store closest to the dorm). The gyoza are fairly good and the ramen is tasty as well! The ramen has a thick rich broth with fish and various other things added to it. This is a great place to come alone, or with friends. At certain times of the day it can get busy, but the wait won’t ever really be too long. The atmosphere and the price are both great! A must try if you live in Kasai. I would rate Bushikotsumen Taizō a 4/5★.”

Here’s the front of the restaurant. It has nice gold lettering.

This is the menu as seen from outside. Take a good look before going in.


This is where you’re going to pay for your food. I mentioned getting a good look at what you wanted outside because for people with less Japanese, it will be a little difficult to order. I recommend taking pictures of what you want on the menu outside and look on your phone to help you choose which buttons to push.

Here’s where I was seated. They give you a nice cold glass of water and take your tickets. This ramen restaurant is fairly small. It has two tables to seat from 2-4 (possibly 6 but I’m not sure) people and 5 or so single seats at a bar sort of table.

Here’s the condiment/sauces area. There’s soy sauce, vinegar, oshinko (pickled daikon rashish), garlic cloves, and what I think are various peppers.

Here’s everything I ordered. 6 gyoza and the regular ramen bowl. I mixed together the sauce for the ramen myself using the stuff on the table. I added a bit of vinegar, a bit of soy sauce, and a clove or two of crushed garlic. Delicious!

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