Japan's tsukemen is sometimes called “dipping ramen” in that the noodles and broth arrive separately and are combines in an elegant submerge-then-slurp motion. The Tsukemen Grand Prix, held in Tokyo, is an annual battle royal where nearly two dozen tsukemen makers compete over the course of a month for the top prize. Our friend Diane Schutz, a producer who has worked on travel shows like Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown and Food Paradise, just returned from Tokyo where she attended the Tsukemen Grand Prix at Okubo Park Theatre Park in Shinjuku. On top of eating a lot of very good tsukemen — the participants won regional competitions to make it to the finals — Schutz sends along these photos of what we can only call the most genius concept. A clean, open, professionally light space for attendees to shoot serious #RamenPorn. So smart. 

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Tsukemen, ready for a closeup.

The final result. We’d Like that on Instagram.