Yesterday, March 21 was a memorial day for citizens here. On the same day in 1934, davastating big fire occured and burnt 24,186 houses(one third of the city) and the death toll was 2,166. My great-grandmother died in the fire. That was the worst fire in the city's history, however, other big fires that burnt more than 100 houses had happened 28 times since 1868.
That's why there still exist many historical fire-proofed buildings in western district, where it was the center of the city. Higashi-honganji Temple, for example, is the first concrete reinforced temple in Japan and churchhes around there were suffered fires a few times and reconstructed early 1900. You can see brick buildings and they were also built against fires.
Today countermeasures against fires function well and we haven't experienced big fires recently.
Akiko lives in a city next to Hakodate and loves to drive around Hakodate and surrounding area. I hope people who visit or live in the Southwest area of Hokkaido come to love the area, too. 函館の隣町在住で道南エリアのドライブ大好きAkikoです。道南を訪れたり、住んでいる人が土地を好きになってくれたらなぁ、と思います。