Hokkaido Ramen Santouka

Hokkaido Ramen Santouka – Signage – 2012

This project required creatively painting a sign on existing brick, windows, and building structure. Located at Dundas and Church in downtown Toronto.


History of Santouka

Santouka came to be when Hitoshi Hatanaka, the founder, uttered the famous words known far and wide today, “I’m going to make delicious ramen.” As an introduction, Ramen is a famous Japanese dish. It comprises of wheat noodles served in a broth bath made from meat or fish, with a hint of soy sauce and chopped green onions toppings. The Santouka ramen is one of a kind, served with pork bone soup (tonkatsu) and pickled plum in a thick, round bowl. Mastering this perfect blend of flavor has been achieved through repeated trial and error.

The soup’s mild, coaxing flavor spreads throughout your mouth and morphs into this rich taste, loved by many. Hitoshi Hatanaka prepared his special blend of ramen for his family and got exceedingly great reviews. With his family’s delight as his motivation, Hitoshi Hatanaka proceeded to start his company in March 1988 and opened his first restaurant in Asahikawa, Hokkaido. The restaurant that housed only nine seats had just one item on its menu: the Shio ramen. From these humble beginnings, Hokkaido Ramen Santouka was born.

Downtown Yonge

Downtown Yonge is the place to be in Toronto, Ontario Canada for entertainment and shopping sprees. Downtown Yonge is the entertainment district on Yonge Street. Among the main attractions of Downtown Yonge is the Toronto Eaton Centre mall, the Yonge-Dundas Square open to the whole public. Toronto Eaton Centre is Toronto’s main tourist attraction. Downtown Yonge also has popular entertainment spots. These include the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres, the Canon Theatres as well as historical art sites such as the Old City Hall and the Maple Leaf Gardens.

Downtown Yonge has been the entertainment and retail center of Toronto for over a century. Initially, the shopping center title went to King Street, located east of Yonge. The expansion of the Toronto Eaton Centre into Yonge Street facilitated the development of the area into a prime shopping district. Just after the Eaton store opened, the Robert Simpson department followed suit and opened a store on Queen Street, a stone-throw away from the Eaton store. The Robert Simpson Department is known today as the Hudson’s Bay Company store.

The entertainment aspects of Downtown Yonge were not left behind. Massey Hall, Pantages and not to mention, the Wintergarden theaters were built along Yonge Street. Today, the Massey Hall is as it was all those years ago, its appeal and grandeur untouched. However, the Pantages and Wintergarden Theatres were converted into movie houses and then back to live theater spots.