Saturday, February 27, 2016

Kusatsu Hot Spring Trip (Part 7) Tomioka Silk Mill / 草津温泉旅行 (パート7)富岡製糸場

After leaving Kusatsu, we did not go directly back to Tokyo.  Instead, we went to the Tomioka Silk Mill which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in June 2014.


First, we stopped off at a large tourist center / souvenir shop.  I was hoping to buy some Kusatsu beer from here since I didn't buy any while in town.  Unfortunately, it was not to be.


Yes, there are still vending machines that sell beer.  However, you can not use them in the evening.


Too bad we couldn't take these back with us.
Can you believe this nice display was set up in the Men's Room?
Snack time.

And now heading towards the Tomioka Silk Mill.

Here we are at the entrance.


Aside from the buildings, there was a display of traditional clothes made with silk from Uzbekistan when we went.
Some of the equipment used for producing silk.  Bowls where the silkworms were kept.
East Cocoon Warehouse / 東繭倉庫
Dormitory for French male engineers / 検査人館
Silk-reeling plant / 繰糸所
Dormitory for French female instructors / 女工館
Heading inside the silk-reeling factory.
Clinic / 診療所
Brunat House (Director's house) / ブリュナ館
Dormitories for female workers / 寄宿舎
As my explanations of the silk mill and surrounding buildings would be totally lacking, you can find more information on the Tomioka Silk Mill at the site listed below.  You can check the site out in English and in some other languages as well.
This place has quite an interesting history so please check out the site.

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