The 36 founders of Sakata established a foundation for regional water transportation, and Sakata became well known throughout Japan when Zuiken Kawamura developed the westbound sea-lane in 1672.

Not only were a variety of products transported to the region in large quantities, but cultures and dialects from many places were brought to the area as well. The great achievements of local figures such as Abumiya, the Homma Family, and other shipping agents played a significant role in Sakata’s prosperity.