2016年07月13日

'Tomioka Silk Mill' in Gunma Prefecture, built in 1872, was Japan's first full-scale mechanized silk reeling factory.

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Sericulture had long been Japan's traditional industry, however the quality was not good enough to export in the feudal years. The new government after Tokugawa feudal era implemented Japan's modernization in various fields late in the 19th century. The sericulture was appointed one of the most important key industries. Tomioka Silk Mill, built in 1872 following French technology, was a government-controlled model enterprise for silk manufacturing. Many elite female workers from educated families all over Japan gathered here to study the advanced techniques, and they made a great contribution to disseminate the results throughout the country after returning to their home towns. Japan's silk production exceeded China in 1909 to become No.1. This factory was privatized thereafter, and came to an end in 1987. As the original buildings built in 1872 remain almost intact, some of them are designated as national treasures and important cultural assets. The entire grounds of this factory and its related facilities are on the World Heritage List.
*The first picture shows one of the warehouses for dried cocoons.
*The second picture shows 'Arafune Fuketsu' natural fridge, which was used to slow down the growth of silk worms in order to get silk thread from cocoons several times a year.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

通訳案内士 高木聖久。

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