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Personal History of
Momofuku Ando
1958 The Birth of
Chicken Ramen
1971 The Birth of
Cup Noodles
2005 Ramen of Space
" Space Ram" 

Personal History of Momofuku Ando


The founder of Nissin, Momofuku Ando

Born on March 5, 1910

Graduated from Ritsumeikan University with a degree in economics.

Received an Honorary Doctorate from Ritsumeikan University.

1958, the age of 48

Succeeded in developing “Chicken Ramen”, the world’s first instant noodle product, and established Nissin Foods Products., Ltd.

1971, the age of 61

Developed “Cup Noodles”, the world’s first instant noodle product in a cup. While running Nissin Food Products, he concurrently served in public posts such as President of the Japan Convenience Foods Industry Association, Chairman of the Ando Foundation and Chairman of World Instant Noodles Association (WINA).

1996, at the age of 86

Established the Food Creation Association to honor and encourage food developers and venture entrepreneurs which are contributing to the research, development and dissemination creative activities that produce new food.

1999, at the age of 89

Established The Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum in Ikeda, Osaka to educate the young generation about the importance of invention and to promote “food education”.

2007, at the age of 96

Passed away on January 5, 2007.

Medals and Awards:


1982 Order of the Sacred Treasure, Second Class
1992 Director-General of Science and Technology Agency, Award of Science and Technology Deserving Person
1999 Honorary Citizenship of Ikeda, Osaka
2002 Order of the Rising Sun, Second Class
2007 Order of the Rising Sun, Court Rank of Senior Fourth Rank
The United States Honorary Citizenship of Los Angeles, California
Brazil Order of the Southern Cross
Thailand King Rama IX Royal Cypher Medal


  • Legwork on Japanese Cuisine: A Satisfised Appetite Makes the World Peaceful (Kodansha Ltd.)
  • Travelling the Noodle Road (Kodansha Ltd.)
  • Escape from Difficulties (Foodium Communication)
  • The Story of the Invention of Magic Ramen: My Resume (The Nihon Keizai Shimbun, Inc. / Chinese translation by Shanghai People’s Publishing House)
  • Instant Noodles Inventor: Momofuku Ando Speaks (Chuokoron-Shinsha, Inc.)
  • Stay Healthy for A Century: Momofuku Ando’s Wisdom of Food Travel (Chuokoron-Shinsha, Inc.)