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Introduction to the site

 Tomioka Silk Mill is a model mechanized silk-reeling factory established by the Meiji government in 1872 (5th year of Meiji) for the modernization of Japan.
After the Meiji Restoration, the government pushed forward the modernization of industry and sciences in order to put Japan in a position of equality with foreign countries. The industry in which the governement put the most effort to gather the founds necessary for this task was raw silk export. The government decided to establish a national model factory equipped with Western silk-reeling machines in order to improve raw silk quality, to raise production and train technical supervisors.
 This is how Tomioka Silk Mill was built and it remains today in an almost perfect condition.