Bakumatsu, End of Edo - Meiji
After many years of a strict regulation in the Edo period ( 1603 -1868 ), a new Meiji government
finally opened a door to the oversea trade. Traditionally trained artists and craft men, who already
lost their feudal patrons, were welcomed to a new venture by the government and also by
entrepreneurs to create a new product attractive to the foreigners in America and Europe.

Hisatomi Yojibei Masatsune with his oldest son, Masayasu (1812 - 1878) operated the
foreign trade of the porcelain ware in the late Edo period.  In 1841 the family was officially
licensed by Saga Han, Nabeshima Naomasa (1815 - 1871) who granted the family, a
trade name, Zoshuntei.
Zoshuntei company was continued by Masayasu's younger brother, Yohei Masaoki (1832 -
1871) and it held exclusive and much lucrative profits in the market until they lost their
license to the other local entrepreneur, the Tashiro family in 1856.  
In 1911, Masayasu's nephew, HIsatomi Kikuro ( 1862 - 1937 ) restored his family business
with a modern factory method, but only lasted for 15 years.
Zoshuntei Sanpo Sometsuke Octagonal Cup   
1842 - 1856    No.88
1842 - 1856       No.60
Made by Zoshuntei Sanpo - a fictitious trade name of
Hisatomi Yojibei Masayas