About Gunma 06 : Tomioka Silk Mill / 富岡製糸場
We visited the Tomioka Silk Mill which was a symbol of the Meiji era(1868-1912) in Japan. (Built in 1870. )Most of us know this factory because it’s written in the textbooks of junior high school students.In the Edo era(1603-1867), Japan had closed its doors to foreign countries.In the Meiji era, we opened its doors and experienced the culture of Western countries in places like Europe.The factory was the beginning of industrialization.As for the spinning industry, we learned about it from France.
The Japanese government invited French engineers to open a new factory.It’s interesting that this building not olny incorporates Western technology but also Japanese old ways of building.
The framework is wood while the wall is brick.
The spinning machine is adapted for small Japanese workers.
Many young women were working at the factory , although there was a rumor that French people drank their blood because they drank a red wine.
Now the factory is now recommended as a world heritage site.