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 its own unique soy sauce style ramen, as well as a variety of shops with their own individual ramen traits. 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 because the Suginami Public Hall, base of the Japanese Philharmonic Orchestra is here, and also because the famous Japanese music critic and musician, Motoh Otaguro, had his home here. Otaguro 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 Ogikubo Music Festival, Ongaku-sai, every fall, with classical concerts and events held all around the area.
Links to Ogikubo Events:
A large festival that takes place on the grounds of Momoi Harappa Park on the first weekend of November, fun for families with performances, activities, and food.
Ogikubo Music Festival:
For 4 days in early November classical music is played at a variety of venues around Ogikubo.
[updated March 2018]