Cup Noodles, the dorm-room staple that cooks in three minutes, turns 45 this month. There’s no better place to celebrate than its very own museum in Yokohama, Japan.

“This is the museum that really honors the creator of instant ramen and Cup Noodles,” says museum manager Yuya Ichikawa.

Here you’ll find a floor-to-ceiling display of every flavor of instant ramen put out since the mid-20th century; a kitchen to prepare fresh ramen noodles; a sprawling assembly line — reservations required — to create your own Cup Noodles concoction to take home.

‘Cup Noodles’ Turns 45: A Closer Look At The Revolutionary Ramen Creation

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School Grade: Junior high school

This character is a combination of 郷 village, and 音 sound. Here 郷 is being used in its sense of “village feast.” Together with 音 this gives the “sound of  a village feast,” as in the noise of a crowd of people. This was a “far-reaching noise,” which led to “resound” and “echo,” with “effect/repercussion” being a figurative extension.