What to Expect
Tomioka Silk Mill has been registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List as “Tomioka Silk Mill and Related Sites” on 2014.
You will be able to find the historical importance of the Heritage for various aspects including Silk Mill technology, advanced architecture and Japanese women lavor history and tremendous efforts & result by them for the technology improvement.
The main criteria registered as World heritage are as follows.
1. Tomioka Silk Mill had contributed a lot to the silk industry in the world. The high quality of raw silk and the silk warm breeding technology had spread over the world and contributed the world wide silk industry expansion. The plant was the largest size of silk plant at the time-flame which is 140 meter length,12 meter breadth and 12 meter hight. After the factory be privatized, this Silk Mill technology finally had become the world leading technology and had produced the Silk products as world number one volume until this factory had ceased to operate in 1987.
2. The architecture of the plant has been completely reserved without damage from the year of 1872 when this plant was built with using most advanced architectural technology applied to this plant.
Followings are key technology applied.
a) Fairly large scale of silk stock space was required for the silk stock building. Due to establishment of this large scale space, this plant had survived for
around 110 years from 1872 to 1987. All the space inside this plant silk produced required the construction without pillars. To achieve the subject,
the new construction method imported from France was applied.
b) This silk production need huge volume of water stocked. Therefore, large size of tank which can stock water of 400 liter was manufactured using iron.
This is the beginning of iron usage for modernized industry.
c) The wall of plant building is made by red brick and that of roof is by Japanese tile. This style is combination of western and Japanese construction method
which is called timber frame brick construction. This construction load the weight of the building to pillars and beams. To achieve reliable tolerance of this building,
all kinds of materials are quickly prepared from the local area of Gunma and executed many trials for those.
3. The labor environment in Tomioka Silk Mill was good condition for female that was rare case in the world that is one of the criteria selected as World heritage.
Seven days working system with one day off on Sunday and 8 hours working time per day and 10 days vacation for each summer and New year’s were applied as t
he female working condition which was introduced from France. The fee of foods and boarding were paid by the plant.
As shown above, Tomioka Silk Mill is not the tour spot that provide beautiful landscape, brilliant & gorgeous architecture and easy understanding traditional history. However, this show very important value of historical and technical view points and after you understand the value, you will be very much impressed for this Tomioka Silk Mill.
Byakuikannon/Goddess of Mercy) in Takasaki-city of Gunma
The top of Mt.Kannon is located 190meter of altitude and Byakuikannon is 41.8meter tall with 6.0 tons weight.
This Kannon statue is constructed by concrete with the thickness of thumb as 0.4meter diameter. This Kannon statue was established in 1936.
The inside the Kannon body is made with nine-storied building and you can walk up to the top from where all over the Takasaki-city,
famous Jyomo-sanzan (three mountains: Akagi, Myogi and Haruna) and a chain of mountains in the distance.
20 numbers of Buddhist statues are enshrined inside this Kannon statue.
This Kannon is the symbol of Takasaki-city and a lot of people come here to pray their better fortune, longevity and so-on.