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Location of Meguro in Tokyo Metropolis
|• Mayor||Eiji Aoki|
|• Total||14.67 km2 (5.66 sq mi)|
(May 1, 2015)
|• Density||18,890/km2 (48,900/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+09:00 (JST)|
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.
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.
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. Each statue had eyes of a different color. (Mejiro, a district in Toshima ward, is named for the white-eyed Fudō-myōō).
Districts and neighborhoods
Politics and government
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. The mayor is Eiji Aoki, an independent. His term lasts until April 24, 2016.
Sightseeing and local landmarks
- Meguro River
- Komaba Park, Komaba
- Komabano Park, Komaba
- Komazawa Olympic Park
- Meguro Sky Garden, Ohashi Linear roof garden park spiraling 35 meters above street level covering the junction of two major expressways.
- Saigoyama Park, Aobadai
- Sugekari Park, Aobadai
- Nakameguro Park and Nature Center
- Himonya Park, Himonya
- Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography
- Meguro Museum of Art, Tokyo
- Meguro Persimmon Hall, concert and performance arts venue
- Meguro Parasitological Museum
- Japanese Folk Crafts Museum
- Chosenin Temple Contemporary Sculpture Museum
- Himonya Catholic Church
- St. Michael's Catholic Church (German Language)
- Himonya Hachiman Shrine
- Ōtori Shrine
- Ryūsenji (Meguro Fudo temple)
- Yūten-ji Temple
- St. Paul's Church, Gohongi (Anglican Church in Japan)
- Tokyu Corporation
- Keio Corporation Keiō Inokashira Line: Komaba-Todaimae Station
- Note: Meguro Station (JR East, Tokyu Meguro Line, Tokyo Metro Namboku Line, Toei Mita Line) is in Shinagawa, not Meguro.
- Route 3 (Shuto Expressway) Shibuya radial route (Tanimachi JCT – Yoga)
- Central Circular Route C2. Completed in 2016 this deep level subterranean expressway connect the Yamate Tunnel as far as the Bayshore Route in Shinagawa
Colleges and universities
- University of Tokyo Komaba Campus
- Tokyo Institute of Technology
- Note: Tokyo Gakugei University and Tokyo Metropolitan University 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.
- International High School (Kokusai High School in Japanese)
- Komaba High School
- Meguro High School
- Geijutsu High School (Closed in 2012)
In addition the metropolis operates a consolidated junior and senior high school called Ōshūkan Secondary School.
- Amazon Japan head office
- Books Kinokuniya
- Don Quijote discount store chain head office
- LDH (Headquarters for EXILE & other Dance Units)
- New Japan Pro Wrestling head office
- Ribera Steakhouse
- Stanley Electric
- TopTour Corporation
- Unilever Japan, head office
- Walt Disney Japan, head office
Notable people from Meguro
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- Yumiko Fujita, actress
- Waka Inoue, model, actress
- Risa Tsubaki, voice actress
- Toru Iwatani, arcade game designer, most notable for Pac-Man and Pole Position
- Shigeru Izumiya, folk singer, entertainer (born in Aomori, Aomori, but raised in Meguro)
- Masako, Empress of Japan (born in Toranomon, but raised in Meguro)
- Yukio Sakaguchi, mixed martial arts fighter and professional wrestler
- Kazuo Tokumitsu, television presenter
- Takuya Kimura, singer and actor in male idol group SMAP
- Shizuka Kudo, popular singer and wife of Takuya Kimura (Originally from Hamura, Tokyo)
- Keisuke Kuwata, singer with Southern All Stars (Originally from Chigasaki, Kanagawa)
- Nobuyo Ōyama, voices the anime character Doraemon (Originally from Shibuya, Tokyo)
- Miyu Uehara, gravure idol, found dead in her Meguro apartment (Originally from Tanegashima, Kagoshima)
- Halca & Yucali of the hip-hop duo Halcali 
- Shori Sato, singer and actor in male idol group Sexy Zone
- Suehiro Maruo, Manga artist, one of the best-known exponents of Ero Guro (Originally from Nagasaki, Nagasaki)
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- Meguro City Official Website (in Japanese)