Ori--thanks for the info. His places were always out of the way for me and there were many well-regarded shops closer to wherever I was, so i never made it to them. But I was always curious. Now that it's gone downhill, I'll use those meals elsewhere.
the article does make it seem like it's a permanent move. Maybe if someone here goes, s/he can ask him if he's still involved with the Tokyo locations.
re: the slide show of the rules to eating ramen and
I violate this one:
The egg yolk should be firm but very creamy; eat the egg with the spoon, not the chopsticks.
and this one
From start to finish, ramen geeks say, the process of eating should take only six to 10 minutes.
related to the above,
I do this:.
For instance, don’t wait around or daydream when your ramen is served. Eat it while it’s hot.
but I have stomach issues, so it's hard for me to eat anything quickly. And I don't exactly daydream. I just eat really slowly and I think about stuff while I'm eating (often I'm thinking, "This is a lot of ramen, and it's taking me a really long time to eat it.")