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Sankaku Vol. 2 is a fascinating exploration of Japan's beloved comfort food of ramen. A collaboration between talented writers, recipe developers, illustrators and ramen establishments, its stories run the gamut from the rise of a tiny family-run noodle business to the challenges of halal ramen and personal meditations on noodles. There are even a couple of recipes to spice up instant noodles.

This special edition hardback features a pack of real instant noodles, extra-securely vacuum packed into the cover. Yes, they are also edible, should you decide to take it apart! It comes in a special edition box, illustrated by Stanely Sun of Yabai Yabai, and includes a fun set of pop-colour stickers.

Sankaku excels in the details. Printed in Japan and bound in Tokyo by Shinohara Shiko,  the book features photos, illustrations and noodle insight from restaurants Ramen Young and Ayam Ya Karasuma, noodle-makers Asakusa Kaikarou, former astronaut Naoko Yamazaki, information portals 5AM Ramen and Food Diversity, ceramicists Maruhiro, and designers Yabai Yabai.

It took a year and a half of research, interviews, stunning photography, and many, many bowls of noodles to create Sankaku Vol. 02 — a journey covering the cultural context of ramen through personal experiences. In simple words, it's a volume that expresses relationships with and a love of ramen.

Take a look at Sankaku Vol. 01 to find out more about Sankaku's first volume, another absorbing literary venture, this time into Tokyo's ateliers and small manufacturers.

An online media platform, sankaku is developed and produced by an international creative team based in Japan and Canada. Ever evolving, it focuses on supporting creativity in Japan by fostering personal connections with artistic communities in Japan, including craftspeople, designers, artists, writers and more.

Hardcover, 146 pages
A5 (14.8cm x 2.1cm)
Printed in Japan (115gsm matte paper)
Hand-assembled cover with hand-vacuum-formed instant noodle bricks and gold foil-stamped text.
Bradel-bound in Tokyo by Shinohara Shiko
Original cover art by Stanely Sun
Published by sankaku