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Meguro
目黒
Special ward
目黒区 · Meguro City
Cherry blossoms along Meguro River, Nakameguro, Meguro.
Cherry blossoms along Meguro River, Nakameguro, Meguro.
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Location of Meguro in Tokyo
Location of Meguro in Tokyo
 
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Tokyo
Area
 • Total 14.70 km2 (5.68 sq mi)
Population (September 1, 2008)
 • Total 261,033
 • Density 17,757/km2 (45,990/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Castanopsis
- Flower Lespedeza
- Bird Great Tit
Website Meguro

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

The municipality calls itself "Meguro City" in English.

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.

History

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.

Population

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

Geography

Hokusai landscape with two falconers
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).

Districts

Meguro Area

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

Hibusuma Area

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

Foreign embassies and consulates

There are many embassies from African nations in the ward.

Education

Colleges and universities

  • University of Tokyo Komaba Campus
  • Tokyo Institute of Technology
  • Note: Tokyo Gakugei University and Tokyo Metropolitan University used to be in Meguro. They have moved, but railway stations named for them kept the university names.

Culture

  • Meguro Museum of Art, Tokyo

Religion

  • 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

People

Famous people from Meguro

Notable residents

  • Takuya Kimura: singer and actor in male idol group SMAP
  • Shizuka Kudo: popular singer, Takuya Kimura's wife
  • Keisuke Kuwata: singer, Southern All Stars
  • Nobuyo Ōyama: voices the cartoon character Doraemon
  • Halca & Yucali of the Hip-hop duo Halcali

Photographs of Meguro

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