A brief history of Mejiro Cultural Village, an early 20th-century collection of Western-style houses not too far from the Yamanote line’s Mejiro station.
Mejiro Cultural Village 目白文化村 めじろぶんかむら (Mejiro Bunkamura) was a luxury residential area 高級住宅街 said to be modeled after Beverly Hills (source). I will provide the general information, but if you’re interested in more details, let me refer you to the following comprehensive website:
Where: Mejiro Cultural Village is located in the Ochiai 落合 district of Shinjuku ward, west of Mejiro Station (JR Yamanote line), and north of Nakai and Shimo-Ochiai stations (Seibu-Shinjuku Line).
When: The village was built in the 1920s; many of the houses were destroyed during World War II. Constructions occurred in five stages:
- 1922: 第一文化村 1st cultural village / 目白不動園 Mejiro Fudo Garden
- 1923: 第二文化村 2nd cultural village
- 1924: 第三文化村 3rd cultural village
- 1925: 第四文化村 4th cultural village
- 1929: 第五文化村 5th cultural village
Maps: This is an outline of the Meiji Cultural…
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