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.

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"

 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"



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.