Planned community: Mejiro Cultural Village 目白文化村 (1922)

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. Map of many of the the sites referenced in the post.

See also:

the tokyo files: urban design 東京の都市デザイン

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 (Note 1). I will provide the general information, but if you’re interested in more details, let me refer you to the following comprehensive website: 落合道人 「気になる目白文化村」オルタネイト・テイク  Ochiai Michihi “Interesting Mejiro Culture Village”: an alternate take

Note 1: Broken link: trust5 co jp/property/mejiro-dori/index.php/land; also: source 2

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…

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