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Meguro

special ward of Tokyo

Meguro (目黒区, Meguro-ku) is one of the 23 special wards of Tokyo, Japan.[1]

Meguro

目黒区
Meguro City
Cherry trees along the Meguro River, near Nakameguro
Cherry trees along the Meguro River, near Nakameguro
Flag of Meguro
Flag
Location of Meguro in Tokyo Metropolis
Location of Meguro in Tokyo Metropolis
Meguro is located in Japan
Meguro
Meguro
Location in Japan
Coordinates: 35°38′N 139°41′E / 35.633°N 139.683°E / 35.633; 139.683Coordinates: 35°38′N 139°41′E / 35.633°N 139.683°E / 35.633; 139.683
CountryJapan
RegionKantō
PrefectureTokyo Metropolis
Government
 • MayorEiji Aoki
Area
 • Total14.67 km2 (5.66 sq mi)
Population
 (May 1, 2015)
 • Total277,171
 • Density18,890/km2 (48,900/sq mi)
Symbols
 • TreeCastanopsis
 • FlowerLespedeza
 • BirdGreat tit
Time zoneUTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)
Websitewww.city.meguro.tokyo.jp

The municipality calls itself "Meguro City" in English.[2]

As of December 31, 2007, the ward has an estimated population of 259,968 and a density of 17,685 persons per km². The total area is 14.70 km².

The ward was founded on March 15, 1947.

HistoryEdit

The area now known as Meguro was originally two towns. One was called Meguro, and the other was called Hibusuma. Both used to be parts of the Ebara District of Musashi Province. The two were combined to create Meguro ward for Tokyo City in 1932. The ward area has not changed since then.

PopulationEdit

The number of people living in Meguro has not changed over the last forty years. The high was almost 300,000 people in 1970, and the low was under 250,000 in 1995. See census information below.

  • 1970: 295,612 people
  • 1975: 285,003 people
  • 1980: 273,791 people
  • 1985: 269,166 people
  • 1990: 251,222 people
  • 1995: 243,100 people
  • 2000: 250,140 people
  • 2005: 264,064 people
  • 2010: 268,719 people


GeographyEdit

 
Hokusai ukiyo-e of a view of Mount Fuji from Shimo Meguro.

There are four other special wards next to Meguro. They are Shibuya (to the northeast), Setagaya (to the west), Ōta (to the south) and Shinagawa (to the southeast).

DistrictsEdit

Meguro AreaEdit

Aobadai
Ōhashi
Kamimeguro
Gohongi
Komaba
Shimomeguro
Nakachō
Nakameguro
Higashiyama
Mita
Meguro
Yūtenji

Hibusuma AreaEdit

Ōokayama
Kakinokizaka
Jiyūgaoka
Senzoku
Tairamachi
Takaban
Chūōchō
Nakane
Haramachi
Higashigaoka
Himonya
Midorigaoka
Minami
Megurohonchō
Yakumo

Foreign embassies and consulatesEdit

There are many embassies from African nations in the ward.


EducationEdit

Colleges and universitiesEdit


CultureEdit

ReligionEdit

  • Himonya Catholic Church
  • Himonya Hachiman Shrine
  • Ōtori Shrine
  • Ryūsen-ji (Meguro Fudo temple). Its black-eyed (me-guro) statue of Fudo gave Meguro its name.
  • Yūten-ji

PeopleEdit

Famous people from MeguroEdit

Notable residentsEdit

Photographs of MeguroEdit

Related pagesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG), "Municipalities within Tokyo"; retrieved 2012-3-27.
  2. Meguro City; retrieved 2012-4-2.

Other websitesEdit