Ramen and Classical Music
As far Tokyo goes, Chinese style noodle soup, better known as “ramen”, is often associated with Ogikubo in Suginami. Of course, the Japanese have made ramen their own, but on top of that Ogikubo has it’s own unique soy sauce style ramen which became the “Tokyo Style”, as well as a variety of shops with their own unique ramen. If you are a fan of ramen, or are looking for a place to sample it, Ogikubo is a must!
In an interesting combination, Ogikubo’s other claim to fame is classical music, mainly since the famous Japanese music critic and musician, Motoh Otaguro, had his home here. He is known for introducing various classical composers of the West to Japan. Now the beautiful Otaguro Park remains where his home once stood, with his favorite piano housed there on display. Ogikubo also has the classical music festival, Ongaku-sai, every fall, with classical concerts and events held all around the area.