There is a classic rakugo story called Shibahama. The main character is a fish peddler who lives in a backstreet tenement. In the story, the fishmonger buys fish at a fish market in Shiba, but there is no fish market in Shiba. I thought that the fish market itself was a fiction because it is a fictional story, but it is not. There used to be a fish market in Shiba called Zakoba.
In Honshiba Park by the JR tracks near Tamachi Station, there is an information board that tells of a fish market that once existed there, Zakoba. Nowadays, there is no sign of the sea anywhere, and this place, where the monorail sometimes runs through, used to be a coastline. The land side of the area was called Shibahama and the sea side Shibaura, and the fish market was used to sell fish caught in Shibaura in the nearby waters.
In the Edo period (1603-1867), the Zakoba area was busy as the fish unloaded there were presented to the Shogun's family. After the Meiji Restoration, however, the area declined due to land reclamation and urbanization, and in 1962, the fishing rights were abandoned and the area disappeared completely. Today, many people must not know that there was a fish market in a long, narrow park surrounded by high-rise buildings and railroad tracks.
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