"A great peace is at hand. The shôgun rules
firmly and with justice at Edo. No more shall we have to live by the
I have seen that great profit can be made honorably. I shall brew
sake and soy sauce and we shall prosper."
— Mitsui Takatoshi (1622-1694), founder of the
Translation provided by Carol Gluck, George Sansom Professor
of Japanese History, Columbia University.