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Cup Men to the Rescue!

Updated on December 29, 2014

There must be a better way!

I don't know about you, but here is what happens every time I make myself a cup of instant noodles. I tear the plastic wrapping off the cup and pour boiling water into the cup of noodles. I close the lid back like the instructions tell me to do but the problem I have is that the lid never seems to stay put. So I scramble around looking for something that would hold it in place. I usually end up using a small paperback that's lying around. Sometimes I'll put a small plate on it to hold it down. It seems to do the trick but come on! There has to be a better way!

The Cup Noodles Museum

I recently had a chance to visit the Cup Noodles Museum in Yokohama. It was actually quite interesting and I learned a lot about the creator as well as the history of the company. At the museum, two things stood out for me. One was the fact that you could custom make your own cup noodles. The other thing was the store where I found this amazing must-have gadget for any cup noodle fan like myself.

The CupMen

I proudly present to you the CupMen! Yes, you heard it right. It's CupMen. Why is it called that you ask? Well it's basically a play on words with Men meaning "noodles" in Japanese. So it's a bunch of men that assists you in cooking your noodles (men). There is a whole army of men out there in stores all over Japan, but you obviously only need so I guess you could call it a CupMan. Whatever you want to call this thing, it is the gadget that has forever solved my problems with cup noodle lids not staying down. Let me tell you how easy it works.


You pour the boiling water into the cup noodles as you usually do and close the lid. Obviously it won't stay down by itself and this is where the CupMen comes to the rescue. He simply plops down onto the lid and securely keeps it closed for you while you wait in total comfort. After three minutes the CupMen miraculously changes color letting you know your noodles are ready.

Not only are they useful but they are also visually entertaining. And when they are not in use, they make a cute addition to any interior. In the photos below, you'll see my very own CupMen in various situations. In addition to keeping the lid down for me, he keeps me company by sitting on my lap or becoming a part of my interior. Any way you look at it, the CupMen is a great novelty gift that is as practical as it is fun!

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The timer is set to three minutes and CupMen goes into action. He makes sure all the steam stays in where it should be.After a hard day at work, here he is resting on a bottle cap.He's also a friendly little guy. He fell on my lap but still managed to stay in a good mood.When he's not working, he's usually on my flower vase like so. He adds a touch of whimsy to my stark decor don't you think?At the end of a hard day, he's usually fast asleep on my book in the guest room.
The timer is set to three minutes and CupMen goes into action. He makes sure all the steam stays in where it should be.
The timer is set to three minutes and CupMen goes into action. He makes sure all the steam stays in where it should be.
After a hard day at work, here he is resting on a bottle cap.
After a hard day at work, here he is resting on a bottle cap.
He's also a friendly little guy. He fell on my lap but still managed to stay in a good mood.
He's also a friendly little guy. He fell on my lap but still managed to stay in a good mood.
When he's not working, he's usually on my flower vase like so. He adds a touch of whimsy to my stark decor don't you think?
When he's not working, he's usually on my flower vase like so. He adds a touch of whimsy to my stark decor don't you think?
At the end of a hard day, he's usually fast asleep on my book in the guest room.
At the end of a hard day, he's usually fast asleep on my book in the guest room.

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I know they're cool but what do you think? Feel free to leave your comments here.

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    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @TransplantedSoul: Yeah, it's kind of amazing.

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      TransplantedSoul 

      4 years ago

      There is a cup noodles museum? wow!

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @VinnWong: These are so fun!

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      VinnWong 

      4 years ago

      I saw this at Tokyu Hands in Shinjuku the other day! I wanted a blue one though and they only sold orange ones.

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @Minoru10: Definitely!

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      Michael Yoshinaka 

      4 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

      Kool novelty... Let's go there next time to the museum.. : D

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @favored: OH yeah, he's totally cool! The coolest guy around really!

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @sousababy: Hahaha. One of the funniest comments I've had! Thank you sousa for visiting.

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @ThreeQuarters2Day: They would be great gifts for colleges students for sure!

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @VspaBotanicals: Vspa, it really is a unique museum.

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      VspaBotanicals 

      4 years ago

      I'm really fascinated by the museum! Nice!

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      Jhale Moreno 

      4 years ago

      That's funny, and I guess pretty helpful if you eat cups of ramen all of the time.

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      Dawn Romine 

      4 years ago from Nebraska

      Very cool looking, I can think of some college students that would like these.

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      sousababy 

      4 years ago

      Ha - these are brilliant! They could also help to teach children to avoid touching things that are hot. Hilarious prop for anyone who takes noodles to work. Not only do I need a man-servant, I need cupmen.

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      Fay Favored 

      4 years ago from USA

      What a cool dude. Showed my husband who eats those soups. Have to send this link to my friends.

    • smine27 profile imageAUTHOR

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      @lesliesinclair: It really is. And cute too!

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      lesliesinclair 

      4 years ago

      Yep, this is a good idea for a multitude of uses.

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