Ramen will buy anything from smuggled fruit to laundry services from fellow inmates, a study at one prison finds. It's not just that ramen is tasty: Prisoners say they're not getting enough food. DigiPub/Getty Images hide caption

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At Yume Wo Katare, eating ramen is treated as a path to personal fulfillment. Andrea Shea for WBUR hide caption

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Can Finishing A Big Bowl Of Ramen Make Dreams Come True?

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