志の人 椎野正兵衛 Shobey Shiino - A Man of Determination

開港。長い鎖国から解き放たれ、突如、大きな地平線が開けたのです。 誰 よりもその意味を理解し、魂を揺さぶられ、時勢の先端を走り続けたのが椎野正兵衛でし た。

正兵衛は小田原で1839年に生まれ、縁故である江戸幕府の御用商人呉 服商、伊勢屋徳兵衛とともに安政6年開港と同時に横浜で絹の織物商を営み、 屋号を小野 正、椎野正兵衛商店として本町二丁目28番地と30番地に、<S.SHOBEY Silk-store> (エス.ショーベイ.シルクストアー)という英文の看板をかかげ、英文広告を出し、 グ ローバルなセンスで日本で初めての直貿易をするなど絹ビジネスを世界に展開、横浜を代 表する大実業家となっていくのです。

特にシルクのハンドプリントハンカチー フ(色絵手巾)、自ずから考案したシルクのスカーフは世界のマーケットを独占するほど の規模でした。

S.SHOBEYの名刺

Japan opened up to the world and, freed from her long seclusion, the possibilities were endless.  Understanding this more than anyone, and with a spirit of inspiration, Shobey Shiino was a man ahead of his time.

Born in 1839 in Odawara, Kanagawa prefecture, Shobey Shiino, along with Tokubei Iseya started working in the silk textile business in 1859 (Ansei 6 according to the Japanese calendar).  They represented Yokohama and showed their global sense and entrepreneurial skills, being among the first in Japan to promote direct trade with Western customers.  He put up an English sign titled 'S. Shobey Silk Store' outside his store at numbers 28 and 30 Honcho-dori (Main Street), Yokohama in order to introduce fine Japanese silk products to the world.  He devised a way to dominate the global market of hand-printed silk handkerchiefs and scarves.  (Note: His family name was Shiino and given name Shobey, however, it appears he decided to use the first initial of his family name, probably because it was difficult for Westerners to read and pronounce and then, for the  same reason, he spelled his given name 'Shobey'.)