|Among Kitamae ship
owners, Tohemon Kiya and Gohei Zeniya of Kanazawa differed in
background from other ship owners of Kaga.
Both families were engaged in the lumber shipping
business and with their riches made by that business they
worked hard as Kitamae ship owners.
Kiya made a great deal of profit from lumber
shipping business with the Tohoku districts in the 18th century.
Later, Gohei Zeniya emerged, from Miyanokoshi,
present-day Kanaiwa of Kanazawa City, and he succeeded to
the lumber shipping trade with the Tohoku districts as sole
At his peak period he expanded his business, not only throughout
Japan but also overseas.