Ramen lovers will be interested to know about the new ramen "stadium" in Fukuoka (at Canal City Hakata). According to today's Asahi Shimbun, the 1600 sq mtr stadium will feature 8 famous ramen shops -- 3 from Hakata and 5 from the rest of Japan. Every year, three will leave and be replaced by another three famous ramen shops.
I lived in Fukuoka for a year, but I'm in San Francisco now, so I'll be relying on anyone in the area for a report. Anyone?