On one stormy afternoon, my mom took me to see where she lived during her elementary school time – the fishery building. This building is the most representative architecture of the fishery industry during the Japanese governing period. It is surrounded by a fishery market, a fishery container factory, an ice factory, and a radiotelegraph office. It can be found at Cheng-Bing fishery port – the first modern one in Taiwan during the Japanese period and the most important offshore fishery building in the KMT governing period.
After the government changed the focus of the fishery industry to Badouzi 28 years ago, Cheng-Bing fishery port declined rapidly. However, it carried the memory of Keelungers toward the fishing port. The design is clever; its back is to the port and its entrance faces the city, which is meant to bring a good fish stock to Keelung. The front door has a rain cover to fit the climate, and there is one round window on both sides. Some states that these represent fish eyes, but others state they reflect the window type of fishing boat. Since the current government has taken it over, we expect the rebirth of this historical building, one that preserves past memories and enlightens the local citizens.