|The Birth of Funabashi City |

On April 1st, 1937, Funabashi became the 4th city in Chiba prefecture after Chiba City, Choshi City and Ichikawa City. This new-born city covered about     SOku (less than half of today) with the population of about 43,000 (cf. about  548,000 in 1999).

In 1953, the city annexed the neighboring Ninomiya-cho yHasama, Maibara, Yakuendai, Miyama, and Takinoi areas of todayzand in 1954, Toyotomi village   ytoday's Tsuboi, Kowagama, Oana, Toyotomi and Komuro areasz joined the city. Thus Funabashi city has become 85.86 ku in its extent. 

|Funabashi City during World War II |

Soon after Funabashi became a city, China-Japan war broke out, and on December 8th, 1941, the Pacific War began. About that time, many munitions factories were built in Funabashi and huge number of evacuees from Tokyo flowed into this city, which caused the rapid increase of its population. After 1944, Tokyo and its surrounding cities received consecutive air-raidings of American air-force, but fortunately Funabashi got only a slightest damage and the central part of the city was remained undamaged.

 

"Taga no yurumi"/"Taga ga yurumu"
(Hoop is Loosened)

A circular band of bamboo or cane called hoop is used around a cask or barrel to bind the staves together. We call it "taga". If we leave it unused for a longtime, it becomes dry and loose and the cask or barrel becomes unusable. We call this state "taga no yurumi" |a hoop is loosened. From this example, when people lose their ability as they get older, we sometimes call this state of people "taga ga yurumu" or "taga ga yurunda".

As we get older, we are apt to spoil ourselves and neglect what we should do. This attitude may cause the dreadful senile dementia.

We recently read many reports of continuous scandals. Nobody is perfect. Everybody could be blinded by temptation and easily led into inappropriate conducts. So, those who are in the position of leading or guiding other people should make more effort than others to straighten themselves up and do what they should do. They are really in the state of "taga ga yurunda".

Both conducts of people and systems could easily be in this state if we leave them interviewed. So we must constantly try to discipline ourselves and keep our "taga" always fastened.