Hiyoshi Kaisoten, Limited as a whole will strive to remain a sincere enterprise that is trusted by its customers, building on the trust that we have built 100 years since our founding in 1914 and with the technology that has enabled us to respond flexibly to the recent, severe streamlining of the distribution sector.

本店の正月風景(昭和初期)
The staffs of the corporate headquarters celebrated the New Years Day circa late 1930's

社名の由来 Origin of the company name

「日吉」の命名 The name "Hiyoshi"

創業者樋口半六は「商売をするのに太閤になってはいけない。常に草履取りの気持ちで仕事に精を出しなさい。」と云って太閤秀吉の幼名「日吉丸」に因んで命名致しました。
 Company founder Mr.Hanroku Higuchi named the company after "Hiyoshi-maru," the childhood name of the Shogun Toyotomi Hideyoshi, based on the credo "those involved in business must not act regal; work industriously to serve the customers."

「回漕店」の起こり Establishment of the forwarding business "Kaisoten"

「回漕」は「回船運漕」の略語です。室町時代以降、海上輸送に従事した大型木造帆船が「回船」ですが、江戸時代末期以降「汽船」がそれに取って変ってゆきました。仕事が減った回船は大型汽船接岸施設が無い河岸と汽船の間の貨物輸送を手懸け「回船運漕」と呼ばれました。この仕事を請け負ったのが回漕店です。明治以降、回船の仕事は次第に「艀(はしけ)」が担う様に成りました。

 

The term "Kaiso" (forwarder) is the abbreviated form of "Kaisen-unso." Large-scale wooden sail liners "Kaisen" engaged in shipping as early as the Muromachi period (1336-1573), and were ultimately replaced by steamships in the late Edo period (1603-1868). Kaisen then handled the transfer of cargo between these large steamships and piers that had no berthing facilities for large steamships, and this came to be known as "Kaisen-unso" (forwarder, or literally, shipping by Kaisen), and the "Kaisoten" (forwarding businesses) performed this task. Since the Meiji period (1868-1912), the role of the kaisen sail ships has gradually been taken over by barges.