Shinagawa (品川区, Shinagawa-ku) is a special ward in Tokyo, Japan. The Ward refers to itself as Shinagawa City in English. The Ward is home to ten embassies.
Location of Shinagawa in Tokyo Metropolis
|• Total||22.84 km2 (8.82 sq mi)|
(April 1, 2016)
|• Density||16,510/km2 (42,800/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+09:00 (JST)|
|City hall address||2-1-36 Hiromachi,|
Shinagawa is also commonly used to refer to the business district around Shinagawa Station, which is not in Shinagawa Ward. This Shinagawa is in the Takanawa and Konan neighborhoods of Minato Ward, directly north of Kita-Shinagawa.
Shinagawa Ward includes natural uplands and lowlands, as well as reclaimed land. The uplands are the eastern end of the Musashino Terrace. They include Shiba-Shirokanedai north of the Meguro River, Megurodai between the Meguro and Tachiai Rivers, and Ebaradai south of the Tachiai River.
Districts and neighborhoodsEdit
Shinagawa Ward consists of five areas, each consisting of multiple districts and neighborhoods:
- Shinagawa District, including the former Shinagawa-juku on the Tōkaidō.
- Ōsaki (大崎) District, formerly a town of that name, stretching from Ōsaki Station to Gotanda and Meguro Stations.
- Ebara (荏原) District, formerly a town of that name.
- Ōi (大井) District, formerly a town of that name.
- Yashio (八潮) District, consisting of reclaimed land, including Higashiyashio on Odaiba.
Most of Tokyo east of the Imperial Palace is on reclaimed land. A large proportion of the reclamation took place during the Edo period, when Shinagawa-juku was the first shukuba (post town) in the "53 Stations of the Tōkaidō" that a traveler would reach after setting out from Nihonbashi to Kyoto on the Tōkaidō. The Tokugawa shogunate maintained the Suzugamori execution grounds in Shinagawa.
Following the Meiji Restoration and the abolition of the han system, Shinagawa Prefecture was instituted in 1869. The prefectural administration was to be set up in the Ebara District, but in 1871 Shinagawa Prefecture was integrated into Tokyo Prefecture. In 1932, during the reorganisation of the municipal boundaries of Tokyo City following the 1923 Great Kantō earthquake, a smaller version of Shinagawa Ward was created. On March 15, 1947, this was merged with the neighboring Ebara Ward to create the present Shinagawa Ward.
The Ward's historic post-town function is retained today with several large hotels near the train station offering 6,000 rooms, the largest concentration in Tokyo.
Politics and governmentEdit
Shinagawa is run by an assembly of 40 elected members.
Embassies in ShinagawaEdit
Many companies are headquartered in Shinagawa Ward. Isuzu, a diesel engine and commercial truck manufacturer; JTB Corporation, a major travel agency; Nippon Light Metal, an aluminum and chemical products company; MOS Burger (in the ThinkPark Tower, Ōsaki); Lawson (East Tower of Gate City Ohsaki in Ōsaki), Namco Bandai Holdings; Namco Bandai Games; Banpresto; Rakuten, Honda brand Acura; Toyo Seikan, a packaging manufacturer; NSK Ltd., a bearing maker; Fuji Electric, an electrical equipment manufacturer; Imagica, a media post-production company; Nippon Chemi-Con, an electronic components manufacturer; Topy Industries, a machinery and automotive components company; Gakken, a publishing and educational services company; Comsys, a telecommunications construction and engineering company; and Pola Cosmetics all have their headquarters within Shinagawa Ward. Marza Animation Planet also has its headquarters in Shinagawa on the 18th floor of the NYK Tennoz Building near Tennōzu Isle Station. And recently, since January 2018, Sega, best known for its Sonic the Hedgehog franchise and also the owner of both the Nakano-based TMS Entertainment and (through TMS Entertainment) the aforementioned Marza Animation Planet, has its headquarters in Shinagawa at the Sumitomo Fudosan Osaki Garden Tower near Ōsaki Station.
Japan Airlines (JAL), the head office of its subsidiary JAL Hotels, and registered offices of JAL Express and JALways are located in the Tennōzu Isle area. In addition, Jalux, a subsidiary, has its head office in the I·S Building. One group of employees moved into the building on July 26, 2010, and one on August 2, 2010.
Other companies maintain branch offices or research facilities in Shinagawa Ward. Sony operates the Gotenyama Technology Center and the Osaki East Technology Center in Shinagawa. Sony used to have its headquarters in Shinagawa. Sony moved to Minato, Tokyo around the end of 2006 and closed the Osaki West Technology Center in Shinagawa around 2007. Adobe Systems maintains its Japan headquarters on the 19th Floor of Gate City Ohsaki near Ōsaki Station, while Siemens AG has its Japan offices in Takanawa Park Tower. Phoenix Technologies operates its Japan office on the 8th floor of the Gotanda NN Building in Gotanda. Siemens Japan and Philips also have offices in Shinagawa.Microsoft and ExxonMobil have their Japanese headquarters in Konan, Minato, near Shinagawa.
Former economic operationsEdit
A JAL subsidiary, Japan Asia Airways, was also headquartered in the JAL Building until JAL dissolved it.GEOS, an English language school company, once had its headquarters in Shinagawa. At one time Air Nippon had its headquarters in Shinagawa.
- SHINAGAWA AQUARIUM
- The Shiki Theatre Natsu
- The CATS Theatre
- The Galaxy Theatre
- Ohi Racecourse
- Site of Suzugamori execution grounds
- Site of Hamakawa Gun Battery
- Togoshi Ginza Shopping District
- Musashi Koyama Shopping District "PALM"
- Ebara Shichi-Fuku-Jin (Seven Lucky Gods in Ebara area)
- Buddhist temples
- Shintō shrines
- Hoshi University
- Rissho University
- Seisen University
- Showa University
- Tokyo Health Care University
- Sugino Fashion College
- Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology – graduate school
- Tokyo Metropolitan College of Industrial Technology – college of technology (kōsen)
Primary and secondary educationEdit
Public elementary and junior high schools are operated by the Shinagawa Ward Board of Education. Public high schools are operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Board of Education.
- Public high schools
- Private high schools
- Ono Gakuen Girls' Junior High and Senior High School
- Kogyokusha Junior High and Senior High School
- St. Hilda's School (Kōran Jogakkō Junior High and Senior High School)
- Shinagawa Etoile Girls' High School
- Shinagawa Joshi Gakuin Junior High and Senior High School
- SEIRYO Junior High and Senior High School
- Nihon Ongaku High School
- The Junior High and Senior High School affiliated to the Bunkyo University
- HOYU-GAKUIN High School
- International schools
- Canadian International School in Tokyo
- Special education schools
Important railway stationsEdit
- East Japan Railway Company (JR East)
- Tokyu Corporation (Tōkyū)
- Tokyo Waterfront Area Rapid Transit (Rinkai Line): Tennōzu Isle, Shinagawa Seaside, Ōimachi and Ōsaki Stations
- Tokyo Monorail: Tennōzu Isle and Ōi Keibajō Mae Stations
- Keikyu Corporation (Keikyū)
- Tokyo Metro
- Namboku Line: Meguro Station
- Tokyo Metropolitan Bureau of Transportation (Toei)
- Shuto Expressway (Shutokō)
- National highways
Shinagawa is also home to the main motor vehicle registration facility for central Tokyo (located east of Samezu Station). As a result, many license plates in Tokyo are labeled with the name "Shinagawa."
Major incidents / accidentsEdit
- 1863 – British Liberines burning case
- 1964 – Shinagawa Katsushima warehouse explosion fire
- 1987 – Explosion accident at the Oi thermal power plant
- 1995 – Death case of arrest and detention of public affairs notary public office
Shinagawa has an educational exchange city (教育交流都市) relationship with Harbin in China, and has concluded "hometown exchange agreements" (ふるさと交流協定) with Hayakawa in Yamanashi Prefecture and Yamakita in Kanagawa Prefecture.
Notable people from ShinagawaEdit
- Tadasuke Akiyama, Japanese photographer
- Shizuka Arakawa, Japanese figure skater
- Nobutoshi Canna (Real Name: Nobutoshi Hayashi, Nihongo: 林 延年, Hayashi Nobutoshi), Japanese actor, voice actor, singer and narrator
- Char (Real Name: Hisato Takenaka, Nihongo: 竹中 尚人, Takenaka Hisato), Japanese musician, singer-songwriter and record producer
- Osamu Dezaki, Japanese anime director and screenwriter
- Renji Ishibashi (Real Name: Renji Ishida, Nihongo: 石田 蓮司, Ishida Renji), Japanese actor
- Kenji Kawai, Japanese composer and arranger
- Momoko Kikuchi, Japanese actress, entertainer, singer, and scholar
- Yun Kōga (Real Name: Risa Kimura, Nihongo: 木村 理沙, Kimura Risa), Japanese manga artist
- Akira Kurosawa, Japanese film director, screenwriter, and producer
- Taiki Matsuno (Real Name: Tatsuya Matsuno, Nihongo: 松野 達也, Matsuno Tatsuya), Japanese actor and voice actor
- Takeshi Mori, December 2, 1959, in Shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan), Japanese television announcer and tarento
- Keiji Nishikawa, Japanese professional shogi player ranked 8-dan
- Riho (Real Name: Riho Hime, 姫理穂, Hime Riho), Japanese professional wrestler and idol
- Yuki Sato, Japanese actor
- Chiyoko Shimakura, enka singer and TV presenter
- Tetsuo Suda, Japanese TV presenter and news anchor
- Issei Tamura, Japanese mixed martial artist
- Taeko Watanabe, Japanese manga artist
- Miki Yamada, Japanese politician, member of the House of Representatives and member of the Liberal Democratic Party
- Masamoto Yashiro, Japanese businessman
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