This report analyses the Japanese market.
Chapter 5: Safety devices and hazards continued.
While there are many people who have failed to select a noodle-making machine, there are also many who have been able to purchase a satisfactory noodle-making machine. In this section, we would like to share some comments from those who have chosen a noodle-making machine that meets the selection criteria we have discussed so far, and the reasons for their decision to purchase one.
1. ramen shop K, Fukuyama City, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan Owner
‘I ran a noodle shop for many years, but I never really thought about noodle-making machine safety.
But one day my hand got caught in the roll of the machine I had been using and I was seriously injured.
Once I gave up making my own noodles and bought noodles from them, but the quality of the noodles was still no match for home-made noodles. …… I was sent sample noodles and bought a machine from a manufacturer whose noodles tasted better and were safer.
Although I have lost the use of one hand, I am still able to make my own noodles because the machine is so easy to use.”
2. udon shop O Anshu, Watari-gun, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan.
‘I wanted to open a new udon shop.
So first I went to a manufacturer who offered me a place to study for that.
I was worried that the manufacturer’s school or training course might be a sales pitch for the machine, but I was not pushed into such discussions at all, so I decided to buy it.
I think it is important to choose a conscientious company that takes care of you after the shop opens, rather than a manufacturer that just sells you a machine. If the manufacturer is not just a machine shop, but also offers a support service to help you open your own shop, you can rest assured that you will be supported from many different angles.”
3. Owner, S. Soba noodle shop, Fujinomiya City, Shizuoka Prefecture
‘In my case, I selected the machine based first of all on how good the soba noodles tasted. The second criterion is ease of use.
Next was ease of use.
When selecting a machine, you should ask the manufacturer to send you sample noodles and choose the machine that can produce the best tasting noodles.
4. Owner, Ramen shop M, Fukuyama, Hiroshima
‘We used to buy noodles from a noodle factory and run a ramen shop,
But when I thought about the taste and cost, I decided that homemade noodles were the way to go. I heard about it from other people and contacted various manufacturers.
Then I decided to buy a machine, and I chose the one that was faster in all aspects, whether it was the noodle-making method or the response of the salesman. Also, the one that has a scientific basis for its noodle-making know-how.
The more you know about noodles, the more persuasive you are.”