Marubeni was established in 1858 when Omi merchant Chubei Itoh from the eastern side of Lake Biwa (now Toyosato in Shiga Prefecture) began business trips to deal in linen cloth. After 150 years, Marubeni has grown into a general trading company with business operations in over 60 countries around the world. Even as a large company, Marubeni's founding philosophy remains the same.
This special page introduces Toyosato — the birthplace of Marubeni — through articles, photos, and interviews with local people.
Toyosato, located on the eastern side of Lake Biwa, has been home to many Omi merchants since the Edo period. This map introduces various places in Toyosato associated with Marubeni.
To view brief descriptions of these places, simply move your cursor over the purple icons on the map below. You can also access extra content by clicking on the links which appear in some of the place descriptions.