Funabashi soon after World War II

The Pacific War ended with the surrender of Japan on August 15th, 1945. The damage and the after-effects of the war were serious throughout the country, and food shortages continued for several years.

As Funabashi fortunately escaped from war damage and because of the inflow of evacuees from other parts of the country, the population of the city increased to 68,000 from 43,000 of 1937,the year when Funabashi became a city, and Funabashi became a trading center of farm produce and marine products.

Funabashi in 1937 when incorporated as a city

However, Funabashi was still a rural city. So let's just take a backward glance at how Funabashi was at that time.

The immediate south of Route 14 was mostly a shallow sea. Many people went out for seashell gathering in summer time, and they got plenty of clams, gobies, flatfishes and crabs. When kids baited a worm at the top of a line attached to a bamboo rod and as soon as they cast it into a nearby river, they could easily catch eels, loaches  or gobies. Even for fishes, food shortages must have been very serious in those days!? There was a deep place called gmio" for fishing    boats at the mouth of the Ebigawa River.

The seashore was reclaimed, and many factories and warehouses were built on the reclaimed land. The sea has moved far away in the distance from the city area as the city became industrialized.