were identified by their places of origin.
different place names implied differences in specialization, method, and other
characteristics of business. Ohmi merchants, from Shiga prefecture,
were well known as peddlers.
merchants first appeared in 13century. From this time they began to
trade several goods, forming trade caravan, traveling in Ohmi and the
early modern times, the typical Ohmi merchants started out with a stick(tembinbo)
balanced on one shoulder supporting a few bundles of goods
and traveled all over the country. They handled a wide range of
goods, including fabrics, cotton, or linen cloth, mosquito nets, lacquer ware,
haberdashery, drugs, and cosmetics.
branch stories of Ohmi merchants were located all over Japan, contributing to
the increase in the economic and social well-being of many communities.
later generations of Ohmi merchants became very successful in business. These successful
businesses attracted other young men who dreamed to become
wealthy merchants. As such, the Ohmi province produced a lot of
merchants over the span of several generations.
merchants were respected for their keen business sense, their unfailing eye for
profitable opportunities, and their almost superhuman perseverance. They
also devised and practiced methods of management and control that were highly
rational even by modern standards.
One of Ohmi merchant’s
mottos was “Sampo Yoshi” which means “business must promote the benefit of the seller,
the buyer, and society as a whole”.They were, so to speak, real pioneers in the
Japanese managements style and “Sampo
Yoshi”is a one of the worldwide origin