Tomioka Silk Mill

Historic factory to obtain World Heritage status

Por Masato Kitamura   

Tomioka Silk Mill is Japan's first silk reeling factory and it symbolizes Japan's industrialization from the 19th century. In 2007 it was included in the Tentative List of World Heritage Sites and it is expected to be formalized at a meeting of the World Heritage Committee in June 2014. High quality raw silk was produced at the Tomioka Silk Mill and then exported to Western countries, making it one of Japan's most important export businesses at the time. Production was ceased in 1987, due to cheaper silk now coming from other Asian countries. However, as an important cultural property the factory has been very well preserved and when visiting today you can learn about the production process and workers's life at the time. Check out their comprehensive English website.

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Masato Kitamura

Masato Kitamura @masato.kitamura

I was born and grew up in Nagano city. After that I lived in Osaka nine years. Later years I live in Kanto plain. I worked for 36 years as a programmer and related business in a software company. I was retirement of 60 years old. Now I’m doing a part-time job at near my house. I like personal computers. I enjoy to plan a trip and to go sightseeing. I like to look for cheap hotels.