The 200 year history of “TOMOIKI”
Looking back on over the two centuries of Suzuyo
The rise of Suzuyo
Shimizu-Port is a scenic spot overlooking Mt- Fuji, and has been a key point of maritime traffic since the Kamakura period.
Entering the Tokugawa period, Shimizu-Port area continued to get progressively busy both on land and sea. The 1st Yohei took over the wholesaler shares in 1801 and founded the Shipping agent “Harimaya- Yohei”.
From the end of the Edo period over the restoration, the foundation of Meiji era prosperity was built
Shimizu-port patent wholesaler was temporarily suspended by the Tenpo Reform of 1841, and the number of wholesalers decreased. The patent for this wholesaler was lost resulting in exposure to a free space without protection.
In the era of development, it was necessary to keep up with rapid modernization
Japan underwent rapid modernization, from the political system to the populations eating habits in the Meiji era. Modernizing Shimizu’s Port—The 4th Yohei focused his thoughts on efforts to continue expanding and diversifying businesses.
The opening of the Tokaido Line in 1889 was a great opportunity for Suzuyo. We treated coal in addition to salt and tea, and boldly entered the enlightened age.
Support Shimizu Port development and steadily expand business
Shimizu Port was designated as an open port site in 1899. In 1911, with a focus on tea, the amount of trade topped 10 million yen. The results will be significantly enhanced compared to the time of when the port opening.
From the Meiji to Taisho eras, Shimizu Port was further developed as a diverse export port with a focus on agricultural products. The 5th Yohei was designated a salt marketer, and expanded our business by creating a shipping agency business, and a marine insurance agency business.
The plunge into bold business development and Shimizu Port development
In 1917 the volume of imports entering Shimizu Port increased rapidly, this turned to import excess, triggered by the expansion of coal and timber imports. In response to the growing import and export of cargo, the ports second reconstruction took place , and it was completed in 1938.
Shimizu Port was expected to make a giant leap forward along with the development of various urban functions, the 6th Yohei concerted effort was made to push for construction of modern ports. The 6th Yohei expanded sales from coal to oil, and incorporated the warehousing business as well as establishing Shimizu Food.
Overcoming the turbulent time of the Showa period, It was important to protect goodwill and devote time and effort to the region and welfare improvement
The 7TH Yohei focused on business expansion, but also committed to the region through public activities. The establishment of Shimizu municipal hospital, the establishment of special school to Shimizu elementary school, the opening of welfare facilities “Shishihara-so”, Shimizu harbor museum (now the Ferkelle Museum) played a big role in welfare, education, culture promotion.