NIPPON Kichi - 日本吉

2007/2/12

近江商人屋敷 Oumi-shounin-yashiki Omi Merchants Residences

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The Omi merchants (Omi shonin) were based in Omi, but peddled their merchandise around Japan. The majority of them came from Omi-hachiman, Hino and Gokasho. Merchants from the latter, were known as Gokasho shonin.

Gokasho is known as the origin of the Omi merchants, who became considerably wealthy. Within the city, many mansions and gardens can be seen. The old city has been designated as an important cultural architecture preservation area. Some of the houses are open to visitors. Many of the shops and business enterprises that were founded in the late-Edo to Meiji period are still carrying out business today.

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645 Kondo-cho, Gokasho, Higashi-Omi, Shiga Prefecture, 529-1405
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Omi Merchants Residences




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