Guitarist Naoko Yamano, bassist Atsuko Yamano and drummer Risa Kawano showed up promptly at 6:30 p.m. at Ratio Beerworks, where about two dozen fans, many sporting a little gray on top, greeted them with album covers to be signed, photos to be snapped and hungry bellies waiting to be filled. Osaka Ramen ladled up pork and chicken miso ramen loaded with pulled pork, corn, whipped butter (yes, that's a thing), poached eggs and spinach. Ratio paired the noodle soup with a ginger-lime-coconut saison, though the bandmembers stuck with water during their visit.
After the slurping and sipping, fans followed the band to the Oriental. The musicians must have gotten their fill of noodles, though, because they didn't play "Ramen Rock," instead powering through other food-themed hits like "Sushi Bar Song," "Banana Chips" and "Ice Cream Cookie Sandwiches."
But fans got just what they wanted: a sweet and savory serving of Shonen Knife.