Originally, Yamaya was a food catering business located next to the house owned by a legendary, wealthy merchant, the 11th YOKOTA Gorobei, from the end of the Edo Period through the beginning of the Meiji Period. Mr. Yokota’s house was on the site on which the Saitama Resona Bank’s Kawagoe Branch is currently located. In either 1868 or 1869, the first Yamaya owner, Hambei, bought another of Mr. Yokota’s residences, a lavish guest house, whichi is now Ryotei Yamaya. The current owner is the 5th generation descendant of Hambei.
Regarding the Yokota family, their ancestors came to Kawagoe from Ohmi (now Shiga Prefecture) at the beginning of the Edo Period. The main business lines of the family were manufacturing of soy sauce, grain brokerage and financial operations. The 9th Yokota contributed a huge amount of money to the Kawagoe Domain at the domain’s request and he fulfilled his duties in order to maintain the domain. Therefore, the domain gave him a rank similar to Commissioner of Finance and promoted him to the samurai class.
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