Musashino, Tokyo

Musashino, Tokyo

View of Inokashira Park
View of Inokashira Park
Flag of Musashino
Location of Musashino in Tokyo
Location of Musashino in Tokyo
Musashino is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Tokyo
 • Mayor Morimasa Murakami (since October 2005)
 • Total 10.73 km2 (4.14 sq mi)
Population (February 1, 2012)
 • Total 135,769
 • Density 12,653.22/km2 (32,771.7/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Website .jp.lg.musashino.citywww
Sun Road in Kichijōji

Musashino (武蔵野市 Musashino-shi) is a city in Tokyo, Japan.

As of February 1, 2012, the city has an estimated population of 135,769 and a population density of 12,653.22 persons per km².[1] The total area is 10.73 km².

The city was founded on November 3, 1947. The city is made up of around three neighborhoods, one of which is Kichijōji, which includes the source of the Kanda River.


  • Geography 1
  • Education 2
  • Economy 3
  • Sister cities 4
  • Musashino in popular culture 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


Musashino is composed of the following neighborhoods: Kichijoji Kitamachi, Kichijoji Higashicho, Kichijoji Honcho, Kichijoji Minamicho, Kyonancho, Gotenyama, Sakai, Sakurazutumi, Sekimae, Nakacho, Nishikubo, Midoricho, and Yahatacho.[2]


The city operates all public elementary and junior high schools within its borders.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Board of Education operates the following schools:

  • Musashi High School
  • Musashino North High School

The metropolitan school district operates Musashino Junior High School.

Little Angels International School, a private international school, previously had a campus in Kichijōji, Musashino.[3]

Musashino University and Musashino Joshi Gakuin are technically just across the border in the neighboring city of Nishitokyo.

There are several universities in Musashino, including Asia University.


The anime and manga company Coamix has its headquarters in Kichijōji, Musashino.[4] At one time Studio Ghibli was located in Kichijōji.[5] The animation studio J.C.Staff has its headquarters in Musashino.[6] The electrical engineering and software company Yokogawa Electric has its headquarters in Nakacho, Musashino.

Sister cities

Musashino is the former sister city of Lubbock, Texas, in the USA, having begun a partnership in 1983.

Musashino in popular culture

  • Satoshi Kon's anime series Paranoia Agent and Oyuki Konno's shōjo novel series Maria-sama ga Miteru take place in Musashino.
  • Shōhei Ōoka's 1951 novel A Wife in Musashino (Musashino Fujin) is a drama in which a moral and stoic woman, trapped in a loveless marriage with a selfish and morally decadent man, becomes implicated against her will in what looks like an affair with her younger cousin. The story ends tragically as she is let down by him as well as by her husband. Kenji Mizoguchi made the story into a film in 1951, starring Kinuyo Tanaka and Masayuki Mori.
  • Innocent Grey's 2007 visual novel Kara no Shoujo features many scenes set in Musashino in 1956. Inokashira Park in particular serves as a pivotal setting for much of the story.
  • In the Yokohama Kaidashi Kikō manga by Hitoshi Ashinano, Musashino is the "former capital of the East" in a post-Apocalyptic Japan in which the ocean level continually rises, implying Tokyo itself had been submerged many years before it.

See also


  1. ^ 武蔵野市. Official city population as of 2012-02-01. Retrieved 2012-02-28.
  2. ^ Mapion. 住所一覧から地図を検索 > 関東 > 東京都 > 武蔵野市 地図. Retrieved 2012-02-01.
  3. ^ "Spring School Program 2011 Application Form" (Archive). Little Angels International School. Retrieved on March 9, 2015. "Little Angels International School 4-9-15, Honcho, Kichijoji, Musashino-shi, Tokyo 180-0004 (〒180-0004 東京都武蔵野市吉祥寺本町4-9-15)"
  4. ^ "事業概要." "【住所】 [出版コンテンツ事業部(編集部)・キャラクター事業部・総務部] 〒180-0004 東京都武蔵野市吉祥寺本町 2-4-14 メディ・コープビル8 3F TEL/0422-29-0414(代表) FAX/0422-29-0413"
  5. ^ "The Animerica Interview: Takahata and Nosaka: Two Grave Voices in Animation." Animerica. Volume 2, No. 11. Page 11. Translated by Animerica from: Takahata, Isao. Eiga o Tsukurinagara, Kangaeta Koto ("Things I Thought While Making Movies") Tokuma Shoten, 1991. Originally published in Animage, June 1987. This is a translation of a 1987 conversation between Takahata and Akiyuki Nosaka. "Kichijoji is the Tokyo area where "Studio Ghibli," frequent Takahata collaborator Hayao Miyazaki's studio, is located.[...]—Ed."
  6. ^ ""

External links

  • Musashino City official website (Japanese)
  • Musashino Art University (Japanese)