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 was a luxury residential area (高級住宅街) said to be modeled after Beverly Hills (source). I will provide some of the general details, but if you are interested in the details of this development, I suggest you refer to the following website, which is quite comprehensive:
Where: Mejiro Cultural Village is located in Shinjuku ward, west of Mejiro Station (of the JR Yamanote line), and north of Nakai and Shimo-Ochiai stations (of the Seibu-Shinjuku Line).
When: The village was built in the 1920s; many of the houses were destroyed during World War II. Constructions occurred in the following stages:
- 1922: 第一文化村 First cultural village (目白不動園 Mejiro Fudo Garden)
- 1923: 第二文化村 Second cultural village
- 1924: 第三文化村 Third cultural village
- 1925: 第四文化村 Fourth cultural village
- 1929: 第五文化村 Fifth cultural village
This is an outline…
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