横浜 フォード

1927年~41年まで横浜それもMOONEYES Area-1のすぐ近くにフォードの横浜工場があったそうです。
There used to be a Ford Assembly Plant in Yokohama, close to MOONEYES Area-1, from 1927 through 1941.

In the background is the Bay Bridge, on the right side is HONMOKU and to the left is TOKYO.

Parts were imported from the USA and assembled in Japan at a Knockdown Production factory which stood behind this building.

その工場で作られた一台がこの1934年型フォード フェートンです。もちろん右ハンドル、キロ表示のメーターです。
One of those vehicles that was built there was this 1934 Ford Phaeton. Of course, being built in Japan, it’s right-hand-drive (RHD) and the gauges are in kilometers.

第二次大戦時横浜は空襲で焼け野原になったそうですが この土地は戦前フォードが持っていた物だったので(戦中は軍に接収されていたそうです)、米軍はやがて来る戦後を考えてか、この地域を空襲しなかったようで、当時の建物がそのまま残っていました。ですからこの建物の面構えはそれとなくUS的ではありませんか?
During WWII, Yokohama was heavily air-raided and burnt to the ground. However, some area survived as this Ford was build on these very grounds before the war (it was supposedly confiscated by the military during the war).Perhaps for post-war reasons there were places that the military did not air-raid, thus some buildings survived and were used again. Maybe that is why this building has a US-look?

In 2009, next year, the city of Yokohama will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the opening of the port.

This is the last blog entry of the year. Next year’s first blog will be on January 7, 2009 (Wed). To all the readers and visitors, thank you for your time this year. I hope see you again in 2009.

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