HONMA THE GOD OF TRADING Honma Munehisa was born in 1717 in Dewa, Japan, during the reign of the 8th Shogun of Tokugawa Bakufu, Yosimune. At age 23, he was adopted by the Honma, a wealthy merchant family from Sakata. He amassed an enormous fortune with godly trading skills at the Dojima Rice Exchange in Osaka, and made the Honma family the richest merchant family during the Edo Era. In Japan, he is called the god of the markets and the heaven of merchants. He created the candlestick chart, which is a popular investment tool in the stock market, and produced Sakata’s Five Methods.