Hongo? Probably not since this is only the third post from there, but I've already been to 6 places that you'll see in good course. I just started thinking, if I'm willing to go to Kagurazaka for lunch, what else is in range? Hongo - 6 minutes by train, leaving right outside the office.
There are some neat little shopping streets, and of course all the book stores and antiques. Today, the most striking thing was this shop selling...wood carvings? Nothing fancy, just bulk bins of dried bonito ready to be shaved into ribbons for making Japanese soup stock.
I went in, I ordered ramen, and they said "You want garlic with that?" Uh oh. That tends to mean "Jiro-style".
Somehow I've gotten a crash course in Jiro-style ramen in the last 2 weeks. The two places in Hongo, and then an accidental order a few days later in Kichijoji that turned out to be Jiro-kei too. I've had enough - it's heavy stuff, and I don't like bean sprouts anyway. It's just so hard to find really excellent Tokyo-style ramen in my usual travels.
Also bears mention if you end up here - the spicy version seems to be the done thing.