Japanese Flying Spaghetti Monster

October 2008

My friend Patrick wanted me to make him a unique Flying Spaghetti Monster (praised be his noodly appendages) out of metal. In deference to the several years that Patrick spent living in Japan, I decided to go with a ramen-themed design, complete with a pair of chopsticks sticking out of the bowl and slices of narutomaki (spiral fish cake) in lieu of the FSM's customary meatballs. The three kanji on the front of the bowl, 飛麵怪 (tobu-men-kai), translate to "flying noodle monster"—pretty much the closest translation you can get to FSM in Japanese.