Millions of students around the world raise their bowls in respect.
Momofuku Ando, the Japanese inventor of instant noodles, has died, according to Nissin Food Products Co, the company he founded. He was 96.
Ando died of a heart attack on Friday, Nissin said in a statement today on its corporate website.
He was born in Taiwan in 1910, when the island was under Japanese colonial rule. He moved to Japan in 1933, according to Japanâ€™s daily Mainichi newspaper.
Faced with food shortages in post Second World War Japan, Ando developed the idea that a quality, convenient noodle product would help feed the masses. He founded Nissin in 1948.
In 1958 Chicken Ramen, the first instant noodle product, was introduced after many trials. Following its success, the company continued to add innovative products, including Cup Noodle in 1971.
I rent a storage unit across the street from the Nissin plant in Irvine. Always thought it was a good omen…