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View of Inokashira Park
Location of Musashino in Tokyo
|• Mayor||Morimasa Murakami (since October 2005)|
|• Total||10.73 km2 (4.14 sq mi)|
|Population (February 1, 2012)|
|• Density||12,653.22/km2 (32,771.7/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
As of February 1, 2012, the city has an estimated population of 135,769 and a population density of 12,653.22 persons per km². The total area is 10.73 km².
Musashino is composed of the following neighborhoods: Kichijoji Kitamachi, Kichijoji Higashicho, Kichijoji Honcho, Kichijoji Minamicho, Kyonancho, Gotenyama, Sakai, Sakurazutumi, Sekimae, Nakacho, Nishikubo, Midoricho, and Yahatacho.
The city operates all public elementary and junior high schools within its borders.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Board of Education operates the following schools:
- Musashi High School
- Musashino North High School
The metropolitan school district operates Musashino Junior High School.
There are several universities in Musashino, including Asia University.
The anime and manga company Coamix has its headquarters in Kichijōji, Musashino. At one time Studio Ghibli was located in Kichijōji. The animation studio J.C.Staff has its headquarters in Musashino. The electrical engineering and software company Yokogawa Electric has its headquarters in Nakacho, Musashino.
Musashino in popular culture
- Satoshi Kon's anime series Paranoia Agent and Oyuki Konno's shōjo novel series Maria-sama ga Miteru take place in Musashino.
- Shōhei Ōoka's 1951 novel A Wife in Musashino (Musashino Fujin) is a drama in which a moral and stoic woman, trapped in a loveless marriage with a selfish and morally decadent man, becomes implicated against her will in what looks like an affair with her younger cousin. The story ends tragically as she is let down by him as well as by her husband. Kenji Mizoguchi made the story into a film in 1951, starring Kinuyo Tanaka and Masayuki Mori.
- Innocent Grey's 2007 visual novel Kara no Shoujo features many scenes set in Musashino in 1956. Inokashira Park in particular serves as a pivotal setting for much of the story.
- In the Yokohama Kaidashi Kikō manga by Hitoshi Ashinano, Musashino is the "former capital of the East" in a post-Apocalyptic Japan in which the ocean level continually rises, implying Tokyo itself had been submerged many years before it.
- 武蔵野市. Official city population as of 2012-02-01. Retrieved 2012-02-28.
- Mapion. 住所一覧から地図を検索 > 関東 > 東京都 > 武蔵野市 地図. Retrieved 2012-02-01.
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- "The Animerica Interview: Takahata and Nosaka: Two Grave Voices in Animation." Animerica. Volume 2, No. 11. Page 11. Translated by Animerica from: Takahata, Isao. Eiga o Tsukurinagara, Kangaeta Koto ("Things I Thought While Making Movies") Tokuma Shoten, 1991. Originally published in Animage, June 1987. This is a translation of a 1987 conversation between Takahata and Akiyuki Nosaka. "Kichijoji is the Tokyo area where "Studio Ghibli," frequent Takahata collaborator Hayao Miyazaki's studio, is located.[...]—Ed."
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