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Any season is ramen season. But when the heat builds and energy levels start to sag, is it really worth trekking across town and waiting in line for noodles that will only make you sweat even more? In the case of Motenashi Kuroki, most definitely yes.

Since it opened four years ago, word has spread fast about this friendly restaurant with 13 counter seats on the far side of Akihabara. It’s a brisk seven or eight-minute walk from the station, but that does not deter the aficionados who come to sup on chef Naohito Kuroki’s trademark shio (salt-based soup) or miso ramen.

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