is one of the 23 special wards
The are 23 municipalities that together make up the core and the most populous part of Tokyo, Japan. Together, they occupy the land that was the city of Tokyo before it was abolished in 1943. The special wards' structure was established under the Japanese Local Autonomy Law and is unique to...
, ; officially , is one of the 47 prefectures of Japan. Tokyo is the capital of Japan, the center of the Greater Tokyo Area, and the largest metropolitan area of Japan. It is the seat of the Japanese government and the Imperial Palace, and the home of the Japanese Imperial Family...
, Japan. It calls itself Meguro City in English.
Meguro hosts fifteen foreign embassies and consulates. One of Tokyo's most exclusive residential neighborhoods (Kakinokizaka) is located in Meguro.
As of December 31, 2007, the ward has an estimated population
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of 259,968 and a density
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of 17,685 persons per km². The total area is 14.70 km².
The ward was founded on March 15, 1947.
The Higashiyama shell mound contains remains from the paleolithic
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, Jōmon, Yayoi, and Kofun periods.
The area now known as Meguro was originally two towns, Meguro proper and Hibusuma, all parts of the former Ebara District of Musashi Province
was a province of Japan, which today comprises Tokyo Prefecture, most of Saitama Prefecture and part of Kanagawa Prefecture. It was sometimes called . The province encompassed Kawasaki and Yokohama...
. The two were merged into a Meguro ward for Tokyo City
was a municipality in Japan and part of Tokyo-Fu which existed from May 1, 1889 until its merger with its prefecture on July 1, 1943. The historical boundaries of Tokyo City are now occupied by independent special wards...
in 1932 and since then the ward has remained with no alterations to its territory.
Four other special wards surround Meguro. They are Shibuya
is one of the 23 special wards of Tokyo, Japan. As of 2008, it has an estimated population of 208,371 and a population density of 13,540 persons per km². The total area is 15.11 km²....
(to the northeast), Setagaya
is one of the 23 special wards of Tokyo in Japan. It is also the name of a neighborhood within the ward. The ward calls itself the City of Setagaya in English...
(to the west), Ōta
is one of the 23 Special wards of Tokyo, Japan.As of May 1, 2011, the ward has an estimated population of 676,458, with 348,492 households, and a population density of 11,376.69 persons per km²...
(to the south) and Shinagawa
is one of the 23 special wards of Tokyo, Japan. In English, it is called Shinagawa City. The ward is home to nine embassies.As of 2008, the ward has an estimated population of 344,461 and a density of 15,740 persons per km². The total area is 22.72 km²....
(to the southeast).
is a district located in the northern portion of Meguro, Tokyo, Japan, which consists of 1 to 4-chōme. As of January 1, 2008, it has a total population of 7,265.-Geography:...
is a neighborhood located in the northern area of Meguro, Tokyo, Japan. Consisting of two chōme, the neighborhood has a population of 5,248.-Geography:It borders with Komaba in the north, Aobadai in the east, and Ikejiri in the west.-History:...
is a district located in the eastern portion of Meguro, Tokyo, Japan. It consists of 1- to 6-chōme.Shimomeguro is home to , also known as . is a historic hotel and restaurant building located on the eastern edge of Shimomeguro....
is a residential district located in the northeastern portion of Meguro, Tokyo, consisting of 1-chōme and 2-chōme. As of January 1, 2008, it has a total population of 8,843....
is a quiet residential district of Meguro, Tokyo. The district is situated along Yamate Dōri Ave and on the southern region of Komazawa Dōri Ave. Since Nakameguro Station is located not in this district but in northern Kamimeguro, the place name Nakameguro is often used for the larger region...
is a quiet residential district of Meguro, Tokyo, Japan, and, most notably, is home to its landmark Yebisu Garden Place. Distinct from another district Mita, Minato, Tokyo, the district is sometimes referred to as Meguro-Mita....
is a district of Meguro, Tokyo, Japan, consisting of 1- to 4-chōme. It borders Nakameguro and Mita on the north, Kamiōsaki on the east, Shimomeguro on the south, and Nakachō on the west. Note that it is not this district but Kamiōsaki, Shinagawa that is home to JR Meguro Station.Opened in 1987, the...
is a commercial and residential neighborhood in Meguro and Setagaya, located in Tokyo.- Neighbourhood :Jiyūgaoka consists of the area surrounding Jiyūgaoka Station, where the Tōyoko Line and Ōimachi Line intersect...
Politics and government
The current mayor is Aoki Eiji, an independent. Meguro has a city assembly with 36 elected members.
- Tokyu Corporation
- Keio Electric Railway Keiō Inokashira Line: Komaba-Todaimae Station
is a railway station in Meguro, Tokyo, Japan. The station is located at .The station is served by local trains on the Keiō Inokashira Line.The station's name is a combination of Komaba which is name of the suburb in which it is located, and Todai-mae - which means 'in front of Todai'. Todai is the...
- Note: Meguro Station
is a railway station located in Tokyo's Shinagawa ward close to the boundary with Meguro ward. The station is just south of Meguro Dori .-Lines:Meguro Station is served by the following lines:*East Japan Railway Company Yamanote Line...
is the largest passenger railway company in the world and one of the seven Japan Railways Group companies. The company name is officially abbreviated as JR East in English, and as in Japanese. The company's headquarters are in Yoyogi, Shibuya, Tokyo....
, Tokyu Meguro Line, Tokyo Metro
is one of two rapid transit systems making up the Tokyo subway system, the other being Toei. It is the most used subway system in the world in terms of annual passenger rides.-Organization:...
The is a subway line owned and operated by Tokyo Metro in Tokyo, Japan. Its name literally means South-North Line. The line runs between Meguro in Shinagawa and Akabane-Iwabuchi in Kita...
The is Tokyo's public transportation authority. Its subway lines are commonly described as 都営 Toei, meaning "operated by the metropolitan government ." It is one of two rapid transit systems making up the Tokyo subway system, the other being Tokyo Metro.-Toei Subway:The lines were originally...
The is a subway line of the Tokyo Metropolitan Bureau of Transportation network in Tokyo, Japan. The line runs between Nishi-Takashimadaira in Itabashi and Meguro in Shinagawa. Trains continue with direct service into the Meguro Line of Tokyu Corporation for...
) is in Shinagawa, not Meguro.
Colleges and universities
- University of Tokyo
, abbreviated as , is a major research university located in Tokyo, Japan. The University has 10 faculties with a total of around 30,000 students, 2,100 of whom are foreign. Its five campuses are in Hongō, Komaba, Kashiwa, Shirokane and Nakano. It is considered to be the most prestigious university...
- Tokyo Institute of Technology
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- Note: Tokyo Gakugei University
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and Tokyo Metropolitan University
Tokyo Metropolitan University is one of the largest public universities in Japan...
were formerly in Meguro.
Public elementary and junior high schools are operated by the Meguro City Board of Education. Public high schools are operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Board of Education
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- Geijutsu High School
- International High School
- Komaba High School
- Meguro High School
- Tokyo Metropolitan University High School
In addition the metropolis operates a consolidated junior and senior high school called Ohsyukan Secondary Education School.
Private international high schools
- KAIS International School
- St. Mary's International School
- Himonya Catholic Church
- Himonya Hachiman Shrine
- Ōtori Shrine
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- Ryūsen-ji (Meguro Fudo
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temple). Its black-eyed (me-guro) statue of Fudo gave Meguro its name.
- Yumiko Fujita
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- Waka Inoue
Waka Inoue is a Japanese idol, tarento and actress. She was born in Meguro, Tokyo as Naoko Aramura . Her mother is former actress Kyoko Saga.Waka's main claim to fame in the tarento circles is her bustline...
, model, actress
- Masako, Crown Princess of Japan
is the wife of Crown Prince Naruhito, the first son of the Emperor Akihito and the Empress Michiko, and a member of the Imperial House of Japan through marriage.-Early life and education:...
- Shigeru Izumiya
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, folk singer, entertainer
- Kazuo Tokumitsu
is a Japanese TV presenter and announcer.He is the main presenter on the Nippon Television Sunday morning TV topical news programme The Sunday Next. He is also the main presenter on the Tokyo Broadcasting System programme .-External links:* *...
- Takuya Kimura
, nicknamed , is a Japanese singer and actor. He is also a member of the Japanese idol group SMAP. Most of the TV dramas he starred in produced high ratings in Japan...
, singer and actor in male idol group SMAP
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- Shizuka Kudo
is a Japanese singer and pop idol born in Hamura, Tokyo. She debuted as member no. 38 of the Onyanko Club in May 1986 and went on to a successful solo career with 11 no.1 hits.-Biography:...
, popular singer and wife of Takuya Kimura
- Keisuke Kuwata
has gained fame as a Japanese multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and frontman for the Southern All-Stars, as well as his own solo band, the Kuwata band. He has also done significant amount of scoring music for films. He went to Aoyama Gakuin University....
, singer with Southern All Stars
, also known by the abbreviations or SAS, is a Japanese pop/rock band that formed in the mid 1970s.The band is composed of Keisuke Kuwata , Yuko Hara , Kazuyuki Sekiguchi , Hiroshi Matsuda and Hideyuki "Kegani" Nozawa...
- Nobuyo Ōyama
is a Japanese voice actress currently represented by Actors Seven.She is best known for playing the title character in the long-running Doraemon anime.- Notable voice work :* Sazae-san * Doraemon...
, voices the cartoon character Doraemon
is a Japanese manga series created by Fujiko F. Fujio which later became an anime series and an Asian franchise...
- Miyu Uehara
, better known as , was a Japanese gravure idol and TV personality, who gained popularity as a "poverty idol".-Life:Uehara was born on the island of Tanegashima in Kagoshima Prefecture, the youngest of 10 siblings. She attended high school in Kagoshima for a brief time before dropping out...
, gravure idol, found dead in her Meguro apartment.
- Halca & Yucali of the Hip-hop duo Halcali
, is a Japanese pop and new-school inspired hip-hop duo consisting of members Halca and Yucali from Meguro, Tokyo, Japan...