|Coordinates: 35°38′N 139°41′E / 35.633°N 139.683°ECoordinates: 35°38′N 139°41′E / 35.633°N 139.683°E|
|• Mayor||Eiji Aoki|
|• Total||14.67 km2 (5.66 sq mi)|
(May 1, 2015)
|• Density||18,890/km2 (48,900/sq mi)|
|• Bird||Great tit|
|Time zone||UTC+9 (Japan Standard Time)|
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[change | change source]
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[change | change source]
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 the 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[change | change source]
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[change | change source]
Meguro Area[change | change source]
Hibusuma Area[change | change source]
Foreign embassies and consulates[change | change source]
There are many embassies from African nations in the ward.
Education[change | change source]
Colleges and universities[change | change source]
- 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[change | change source]
Religion[change | change source]
- 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.
People[change | change source]
Famous people from Meguro[change | change source]
- Yumiko Fujita: actress
- Waka Inoue: model, actress
- Masako, Empress of Japan
- Shigeru Izumiya: folk singer, entertainer
- Kazuo Tokumitsu: announcer
Notable residents[change | change source]
- 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[change | change source]
Street with cherry blossoms along the Meguro River, Aobadai 1-Chōme
Street posters at Naka-meguro Station
View of Japanese Ministry of Defense, Meguro from the air
Meguro City Office, designed by Tōgo Murano
Related pages[change | change source]
References[change | change source]
- ↑ Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG), "Municipalities within Tokyo" Archived 2012-03-28 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 2012-3-27.
- ↑ Meguro City Archived 2012-04-03 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 2012-4-2.
Other websites[change | change source]
- Meguro City official website Archived 2008-11-03 at the Wayback Machine in English
- Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Special wards Archived 2014-12-08 at the Wayback Machine