Anecdotes of Yokohama (1)
Hisatsugu Shiba, CGD YOK
Two years have already gone by since SK and part of NSH CGD were relocated from their Marunouchi premises in Tokyo to the new SH Building in Yokohama, birth-place of SH in 1865. Staff members, including myself, have now acclimatized ourselves to this port City and its environments. As a resident of this city, I feel duty-bound to introduce to our readers the past activities of SH by way of excavating material from among numerous publications, induding essays and novels concerning Yokohama and its old-time inhabitants.
Chapter 1: Siber and Silk
I am sure no one will object to my associating the name Siber with silk when unfolding the history of Siber Hegner.
Rank Buyers (Exporters)
Unit 1 kin = 0.6 kg. From the „Study of Local His-tory", April 1989 by T. Nishikawa
The above list shows that in 1879 Siber & Brennwald was the biggest buyer of raw silk, while the "Silk Guy" ranked no. 14. In his essay on the historical background of Yokohama, T. Nishikawa observes that Zenzaburo Kameya, as indicated in List 1, sold to Siber & Brennwald 9720 kgs of raw silk in 1876. His successor, Sankei Hara was instrumental in expanding business and became famous as a patron of the arts. The Japanese garden "Sankei-en", now one of the famous spots in Yokohama and named after him, was donated to the City. This company is still very much in existence and has the responsability of being caretaker of the SH Building in Yokohama, testimony of a business relation which has been kept up for a century Jardine Matheson & Co. had their premises at Ichiban-kan (no. 1 Residence) where the Silk Center Building with its silk museum now stands. Cornes & Co., a British firm was founded in Yokohama in 1861 and has recently entered into business relations with CGD in connection with automobiles.
The novel relates how the "Silk Guy Itohei" builds up a fortune from the raw silk business but offers hardly any clue about silk transactions with Siber & Brennwald. However, it is assumed that such dealings did exist, as in the case of Zenzaburo Kameya. Contrary to expectations, however, there is a scene where Siber shows a newspaper ad to Itohei of a tender calling for the installation of gas lamps in the international settlement.
|1||Siber & Brennwald CH||391||319||997||2916||2544||941||2472||1622||3870||3791|
|2||Bavier & Co CH||973||691||1130||1166||1641||1951||4001||3652||2548||1533|
|4||Jardine, Matheson & Co GB||165||472||277||249||1116||1026||771||1051||1412||2315|
|5||Strachan & Thomas GB||889||493||689||1421||1037||1786||740||589||1931||803|
|6||Valmale, Schoene & M. GB||1380||347||132||1553||1505||1210||1120||961||1127||599|