#465 Tomioka Silk Mill

Tomioka Silk Mill is located in Gunma prefecture.

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It was made a world heritage site in 2014.

It was one of the starting points of modernisation in Japan.

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They could mass-produce silk with French experts overseeing the mill and it’s operation.

So, Japan-France trade and their relationship was strengthened around 200 years ago.

You can visit the factories, houses and facilities in the compound.

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It is an interesting mix seeing French architecture in Japan.

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You can see a demonstration of the French silk-reeling machine on Wednesdays.

And you can even try it yourself on the weekends.

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