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Tomioka Silk Mill tours using smart glasses to look back in time

Apr 28, 2016

Tomioka Silk Mill tours using smart glasses to look back in time

The Tomioka Silk Mill, a UNESCO World Heritage site, rolled out a new tour this month featuring smart glasses technology. Visitors to the Gunma Prefecture landmark can wear the devices at seven locations, including the cocoon warehouses and silk-reeling plant, for a computer-enhanced view of ...

Jun 26, 2014

Old silk mill gains new importance

Gunma Prefecture's Tomioka Silk Mill, which UNESCO has decided to add to the World Cultural Heritage List, symbolizes 19th-century Japan's efforts to become a member of the industrialized world.

Jun 23, 2014

Culture minister pays visit to mill

Culture minister Hakubun Shimomura on Monday visited the Tomioka Silk Mill after the historic factory building was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list over the weekend. The minister toured the mill complex, which includes timber-frame brick masonry buildings for cocoon warehouses and silk-reeling plant, ...

Daily celebrates UNESCO honor with silk edition

Jun 23, 2014

Daily celebrates UNESCO honor with silk edition

A local newspaper in Gunma Prefecture issued a special edition made of silk on Sunday to mark the Saturday listing of the Tomioka Silk Mill as a World Cultural Heritage site. The Jomo Shimbun newspaper produced 100 silk special editions measuring 50 by 40 cm ...

Heritage listing puts Tomioka on tourist map

Jun 23, 2014

Heritage listing puts Tomioka on tourist map

The Tomioka Silk Mill, a historic factory in Gunma Prefecture and a cradle of Japan's industrialization in the 19th century, has been inundated with tourists following its listing Saturday as a World Heritage site. Braving the rain, more than 100 people stood under their umbrellas ...

Silk mill took Japan to global level

| May 5, 2014

Silk mill took Japan to global level

by Ayako Mie

The historic Tomioka Silk Mill in Gunma Prefecture and its related facilities are expected to become UNESCO World Heritage sites next month. The redbrick factory from the Meiji Era will be the 18th World Heritage property in Japan if UNESCO officially accepts its endorsement by ...