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Meguro City
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Cherry trees along the Meguro River, near Nakameguro
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Location of Meguro in Tokyo Metropolis
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Location in Japan
Coordinates: 35°38′N139°41′E / 35.633°N 139.683°E / 35.633; 139.683 Coordinates: 35°38′N139°41′E / 35.633°N 139.683°E / 35.633; 139.683
Region Kantō
Prefecture Tokyo Metropolis
  MayorEiji Aoki
  Total14.67 km2 (5.66 sq mi)
 (May 1, 2015)
  Density18,890/km2 (48,900/sq mi)
  Tree Castanopsis
  Flower Lespedeza
  Bird Great tit
Time zone UTC+9 (JST)

Meguro(目黒区,Meguro-ku) is a special ward in Tokyo, Japan. The English translation of its Japanese self-designation is Meguro City. [1] [2] The ward was founded on March 15, 1947.

Special wards of Tokyo Place in Honshu, Japan

The special wards are 23 municipalities that together make up the core and the most populous part of Tokyo, Japan. Together, they occupy the land that was originally Tokyo City before it was abolished in 1943 to become part of the newly created Tokyo Metropolis. The special wards' structure was established under the Japanese Local Autonomy Law and is unique to Tokyo. Nevertheless, analogues exist in historic and contemporary Chinese and Korean administration.

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Meguro is predominantly residential in character, but is also home to light industry, corporate head offices, the Komaba campus of University of Tokyo as well as fifteen foreign embassies and consulates. Residential neighborhoods include, Jiyugaoka, Kakinokizaka, and Nakameguro. As of May 1, 2015, the ward has an estimated population of 277,171 and a population density of 18,890 persons per km2. The total area is 14.67 km2.

University of Tokyo national research university in Tokyo, Japan

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Population All the organisms of a given species that live in the specified region

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Meguro is also used to refer to the area around Meguro Station, which is not located in Meguro ward, but in neighboring Shinagawa's Kamiōsaki district.

Meguro Station railway station and metro station in Shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan

Meguro Station is a railway station in Tokyo's Shinagawa ward close to the boundary with Meguro ward. The station is just south of Meguro Dori.

Shinagawa Special ward in Kantō, Japan

Shinagawa is a special ward in Tokyo, Japan. The ward refers to itself as Shinagawa City in English. The ward is home to ten embassies.

Kamiōsaki (上大崎) is a district of Shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan. The district is in the northern part of Shinagawa and borders Mita (Meguro-Mita) and Ebisuminami on the north, Shirokanedai on the east, Higashigotanda on the southeast, Nishigotanda on the southwest, and Meguro and Shimomeguro on the west.


The Higashiyama shell mound in the north of the ward contains remains from the paleolithic, Jōmon, Yayoi, and Kofun periods.

Paleolithic Prehistoric period, first part of the Stone Age

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Kofun period period of Japanese history (250–538 CE)

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The area now known as Meguro was formerly two towns, Meguro proper and Hibusuma, all parts of the former Ebara District of Musashi Province. The two were merged into a Meguro ward for Tokyo City in 1932 and since then the ward has remained with no alterations to its territory.

Musashi Province province of Japan

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Tokyo City historic municipality in Japan, 1889-1943. now area of 23 special wards

Tokyo City was a municipality in Japan and part of Tokyo-fu which existed from 1 May 1889 until its merger with its prefecture on 1 July 1943. The historical boundaries of Tokyo City are now occupied by the 23 Special Wards of Tokyo. The new merged government became what is now Tokyo, also known as the Tokyo Metropolis, or, ambiguously, Tokyo Prefecture.

The name "Meguro", meaning "black eyes", derives from the Meguro Fudō (Black-eyed Fudō-myōō) of Ryūsenji. The Meguro Fudō was one of five Fudō-myōō statues placed at strategic points on the outskirts of Edo in the early seventeenth century by the abbot Tenkai, an advisor to Tokugawa Ieyasu, to provide protection for the new capital of the Tokugawa shogunate. [3] Each statue had eyes of a different color. (Mejiro, a district in Toshima ward, is named for the white-eyed Fudō-myōō).

Acala god in Buddhism

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Ryūsenji building in Shimo-Meguro, Tokyo, Japan

Ryūsenji (瀧泉寺) also known as Meguro Fudō is a Tendai Buddhist temple in Meguro, Tokyo, Japan.

Edo Former city in Musashi, Japan

Edo, also romanized as Jedo, Yedo or Yeddo, is the former name of Tokyo. It was the seat of power for the Tokugawa shogunate, which ruled Japan from 1603 to 1868. During this period, it grew to become one of the largest cities in the world and home to an urban culture centered on the notion of a "floating world".


Hokusai ukiyo-e of a view of Mount Fuji from Shimomeguro Hokusai landscape with two falconers.jpg
Hokusai ukiyo-e of a view of Mount Fuji from Shimomeguro

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

Districts and neighborhoods

Politics and government

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Meguro Ward Government Offices

Meguro ward government is led by the city assembly with 36 elected members with current terms from May 1, 2011 to April 30, 2015. The chairman of the council is Yoshiaki Ito.[ citation needed ] The mayor is Eiji Aoki, an independent. His term lasts until April 24, 2016.[ citation needed ]


Sightseeing and local landmarks

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Meguro Sky Garden
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Persimmon Hall, Meguro
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Grilled Pacific saury at the Meguro Autumn Sanma Festival

Green spaces

Cultural institutions

Religious institutions


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Naka-Meguro Station




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University of Tokyo, Komaba Campus

Colleges and universities

Public schools

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.

In addition the metropolis operates a consolidated junior and senior high school called Ōshūkan Secondary School.

International schools


Company headquarters

Notable people from Meguro

Notable residents

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