The History of the Port of Yokohama
1) The Opening of the Port:West Meets East
2) The Birth of Yokohama City and the Great Kanto Earthquake
3) Earthquake Recovery-World War 2
4) Post-war-Rapid Economic Growth
5) The Container Age to Present Day
The Port of Yokohama was hastily reconstructed after the Great Kanto Earthquake. By the beginning of the Showa Period (1929-1989) the Port had, for the most part, retuned to its original shape. Along with the reconstruction, the Port began adding facilities, like piers Takashima and Yamanouchi (1921-1934), which moved it steadily toward completion.
During the same time period other parts of the Port flourished. Reclamation of the coast built up the Tsurumi-Kanagawa area, creating the Ebisu, Takara, and Daikoku zones. Also, factories within the Keihin Industrial Zone multiplied when the area was obtained by a military contract.
After Japan entered into the Second World War, all port related construction efforts were stopped.
During the last years of the war the Port suffered severely from frequent air raids.
Yokohama being bombed in an air raid
Typical imports of this era:
Typical exports of this era: