A wide variety of merchandise is shipped from place to place in Japan, but most of it passes through the port of Sakai, near Osaka. The Osaka tonya (wholesale merchants) control much of the trade with Edo, and as a result, many Osaka merchant families have built large and prosperous businesses. This is why Osaka is known as Edo no daidokoro (Edo"s kitchen).
The following table is a reasonably close estimate of the total amount of goods shipped through Osaka in a year. This is based on the shipping records from all of the major tonya in Osaka for the year 1714.
|White cotton cloth||2,061,473||bolts||Oil seed||1,166,966||kg|
|Bleached cotton thread||22,821||spools||Indigo||1,800,150||kg|