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Suginami is a special ward in Tokyo, Japan. In English, The English translation of its Japanese self-designation is Suginami City.As of May 1, 2015, the ward has an estimated population of 561,700 and a population density of 16,490 persons per km². The total area is 34.06 km².GeographySuginami occupies the western part of the ward area of Tokyo. Its neighbors include these special wards: to the east, Shibuya and Nakano; to the north, Nerima; and to the south, Setagaya. Its western neighbors are the cities of Mitaka and Musashino.The Kanda river passes through Suginami. The Zenpukuji river originates from Zenpukuji Park in western Suginami, and the Myoshoji river originates in Myoshoji Park, to the north of Ogikubo station.HistoryThe name Suginami dates back to the early Edo period and is a shortened version of "Suginamiki," or "avenue of cedars." This name came about when an early land baron, Lord Tadayoshi Okabe, planted a row of cedar trees to mark the border of his property.The ward was founded on March 15, 1947.In 1970, 40 high school students were exposed to photochemical smog and required hospitalization. The incident attracted national attention and increased awareness of the dangers of pollution.PlacesThe following neighborhoods make up Suginami-ku.
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