Brand Histry

Founded in Kobe 100 Years Ago
Trading Worldwide

1911年、現代表取締役の祖父・山本博一は神戸市生田区(現在の中央区)播磨町にて、山本商店を創業。
創業当時、山本商店は主にインド向けのメリヤス製品の輸出を扱った。
当時はエクスポートパッキングを知らず、社長自ら箱を釘付けしていた。

Hiroichi Yamamoto founded H. Yamamoto & Co., Ltd.(Yamamoto Shouten) in Kobe, in 1911.
This century-old family business is today helmed by our current president, the founder's grandson.

In those early days, H. Yamamoto & Co., Ltd. mainly exported hosiery products to India.
The president would pack the products himself, since professional packaging for export was unknown at the time.

Growing Trade in Kobe
A Developing Business

近代化によってさまざまな日本の産業が発展する中、神戸は日本三大港の一つとして外国との貿易が活発に。山本商店もソウルや大連、奉天、ハルピン、ボンベイ、カルカッタ、ラングーン、ブエノスアイレスなどの海外駐在事務所を開設し、従業員も300人程度となり最盛期を迎える。 Many leading industries emerged in Japan as the century modernized after World War 1.
Kobe meanwhile, began to develop as a major international trading hub, one of Japan's three largest ports.
It was a golden age for H. Yamamoto & Co., Ltd.,which grew to 300 employees and opened representive offices in Seoul, Dalian, Shenyang, Harbin, Mumbai, Calcutta, Yangon andBuenos Aires, among many other location around the world.

Overcoming Multiple Difficults

The Great Depression, World War Ⅱ,
and a Disastrous Earthquake

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1927年の金融恐慌から始まった世界恐慌により一旦事業を整理。その後、盛り返すものの第二次世界大戦と敗戦により休業状態に。1995年には阪神・淡路大震災で被災を経験しながらも、常に立ち上がってきた。

The 1927 financial crisis in Japan was folled by what ulitimately become known as the Great Depression. H. Yamamoto & C0., Ltd. responsed with a major restructing. However, just as it was establishing a path towards a clear recovery, operations came to an abrupt hat durning World War Ⅱ, resuming only after Japan's surrender. Years later came more despair as the family business was badly damaged by the 1995 Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake. Yet throughout these historical ordeals the company has always been able to prevall.

Shift into Import business

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本社も第二次世界大戦の神戸空襲により、廃墟と化したが戦後、補修改築された旧本社から営業を開始した。
各国と通商の道を切り開き、輸出貢献企業として通商産業大臣表彰を受賞。
その後、高度経済成長の波に乗り、テレビ、小型洗車機、石油ストーブの輸入等を開始し、ビジネスの中心を輸出業から輸入業へシフトしたことで、更なる発展を迎えた。

Despite the severe damage and losses susutained by the company during the Kobe air raids, the head office was swiftly rebuilt and operations resumed. Breaking new ground in commerce with other countries, the company recived a commendation from the then-Minister of International Trade and Industry for its contribution to exports. Shifting the core of the company's business, such as television, small car-washing machines and oil heaters, from export to import took hte company to a new level of development.

Directly Managed Store in the Former
Foreign Settlement of Kobe

1994年、イタリアの名門チョコレートブランド、カファレルと輸入総代理店契約を締結。
同年には神戸旧居留地にカファレル直営店第一号を展開する。
これを機に、ヨーロッパからの食料品を中心とした輸入ビジネスを発展させ、これまでの卸売業に加えて、されにリテイリング業へも事業を拡大した。

In 1994, the company was appointer as the sole and exclusive distributer of the renowned Italian chocolate brand, Caffarel.
The same year, the company opened its first directly managed retail store in the former foreign settlemant of Kobe.
Building on this, the import business was enjoying strong growth, particularly imports of food items from Europe, and was ready to be extended to the retail business.

Importing Carefully Selecter Items,
Seeking World-Class Quality

神戸は開港以来、外国文化と共に発展してきた街。
山本商店のスタッフは世界中に赴き、知識と経験によって養われた目と神戸で磨かれた感覚で、各国のこだわりの商品を厳選している。

Ever-since the opening of its port, Kobe has consistently developed strong bonds with the international community throughout every era. Benefiting from this cultural atmosphere and developing a sharp eye for highly refined sensibility, the H. Yamamoto & Co.,Ltd. is proud to bring their customers the most selected items from around the world.

A Proud Tradition, But Always Looking Ahead

創業より1世紀。山本商店の看板とともに歴史と伝統を脈々と受け継いできたことは社員全員のゆるぎない誇りとなっています。
その伝統を守りながらも、山本商店は常に進取の精神でこれからも発展し続けて参ります。
A century has passed since the company's foundation. All staff of H. Yamamoto & Co., Ltd. are proud of their role in preserving the history, tradition and reputation for which the company is known. However ehile retaining that tradition, the company will never lose its enterprising spirit and will look ahead to the future.

TOWARD THE NEXT CENTURY

神戸の街と共に、私たちは次の1世紀に向かって歩き出している−

How we look forward to journey in the next one hundred years,
proudly taken together with the City of Kobe.

H. YAMAMOTO CO., LTD.