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Our activities

Here, we introduce various activities carried out at the Tomioka Silk Mill.
2007
April 1 Admission fees begin
July 1 General meeting of Tomioka Silk Mill Liaison Council for World Heritage
July 8 Record of 200,000 people having visited Tomioka Silk Mill (management is transferred from former owner Katakura Industries Co., Ltd. to Tomioka City from October 1, 2005)
July 28 The 22nd edition of Silk Day
From July 29 to August 5 Light up and live
September 15 Japan Ground Self-Defense Force 12th musical band concert 
October 14 World heritage lecture "preservation and utilization of cultural heritage"
(lecturers : Hidetoshi Saito, professor at the general human sciences graduate course of University of Tsukuba Graduate School )
November 4 Record of 300,000 people having visited Tomioka Silk Mill
2008
April 26 Record of 400,000 people having visited Tomioka Silk Mill
May 7 Establishment of Tomioka Silk Brand Council
June 16 Supply of cocoons at Tomioka Silk Mill revives for the first time in 40 years
July 26 General meeting of Tomioka Silk Mill Liaison Council for World Heritage
From July 26 to August 2 Light up
July 28 Lecture "Japan viewed from France" (lecturer Hisanori Isomura)
September 5 Record of 500,000 people having visited Tomioka Silk Mill
October 5 World Heritage Lecture "Tomioka Silk Mill and Related Sites" (lecturer Yoshihiro Sataki)
2009
April 4 Cherry blossom festival
May 7 General meeting of Tomioka Silk Mill Liaison Council for World Heritage
October 18 World Heritage lecture and symposium
Lecturers : Hidesato Shiino, Christian Polak, Alexander Barn
December 8 Visit of the Ambassador of France in Japan M. Philippe Faure
February 14 Cultural heritage building utilization model business symposium by NPO
March 31 Opening of East Cocoon Warehouse guidance facility
2010
April 1 Opening to the public of East Cocoon Warehouse guidance facility
April 3 and 4 Cherry blossom festival & light up of cherry blossoms
From July 1 to September 30 "Iron water tank" open to the public on week ends for Pre-Gunma destination campaign
August 1 General meeting of Tomioka Silk Mill Liaison Council for World Heritage
From August 13 to 16 Light up
October 17 Record of 1,000,000 people having visited Tomioka Silk Mill
December 5 World Heritage lecture "Future of World Heritage"
(lecturer : former UNESCO general secretary Koichiro Matsuura)
2011
April 2 and 3 Earthquake disaster revival cherry tree project
From April 26 to May 22 Tomioka Silk Mill Archives Exhibition
May 29 General meeting of Tomioka Silk Mill Liaison Council for World Heritage
June 1 Online reservation begins
July 1 iPod touch rental begins
From July 1 to September 30 "Iron water tank", "West Cocoon Warehouse and West site of Silk-reeling Plant", South side of Director's House" special open to public on week ends, "VIP room" opened to the public on week days for Gunma destination campain
July 21 Registration as a Gunma Silk Heritage
August 23 Visit of the Emperor and Empress
From September 16 to 18 "Waza to Bi" Japan Silk Exhibition
From September 17 to 19 World Heritage Theater
September 19 World Heritage University
From October 5 to November 6 Hana-mayu (cocoon flowers) exhibition
March 1 Opening of Facebook page
From March 24 to 25 Silk Country in Tomioka Silk Mill
2012
From April 7 to 15 Cherry blossom light-up
From April 7 to 8 Cherry blossom festival
From July 1 to September 30 "Iron water tank" special open to the public on week end and public holiday + silk-reeling experience for Gugutto Gunma Sightseeing compaign
July 12 Confirmation of the recommandation for the World Heritage by the Special Committee for the World Heritage, Section of World Heritage and intangible cultural heritage, Council for Cultural Affairs. Recommendation ceremony conducted on the same day.
From July 15 to 16 Reiji Matsumoto World Summit
July 24 Approval of the recommendation to the World Heritage by the Section of World heritage and intangible cultural heritage, Council for Cultural Affairs.
August 23 Recommendation to the World Heritage approved by the World Heritage Convention related ministries and agencies liaison conference (official decision by the governement)
September 25 Recommendation file (provisional version) of "Tomioka Silk Mill and Related Sites" is submitted to the UNESCO
October 1 October 4 is chosen as Tomioka Silk Mill inauguration's anniversary
From October 6 to 8 Event for the 140th anniversary of the foundation of Tomioka Silk Mill
October 19 Creation of Tomioka Silk Mill maintenance and utilization plan (Historical Site and Important Cultural Properties)
November 9 Visit of the Ambassador of the Permanent Delegation of Japan to the representative of UNESCO M. Isao Kiso
November 14 Visit of the Ambassador of the Republic of Uzbekistan in Japan M. Farrukh Islomdjonovich Tursnusof
November 17 Visit of the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Japan M.Volker Stanzel
November 22 Visit of the Ambassador of the French Republic in Japan M. Christian Masset
January 31 Recommendation file of "the Tomioka Silk Mill and Related Sites" (official version) is submitted to the UNESCO
2013
From April 1 to 14 Cherry blossom light-up
From April 13 to 14 Cherry blossom festival
From July 4 to 6 Japan modern heritage utilization liaison conference in Tomioka
July 25 Inspection of the Director of the Agency for Cultural Affairs M. Masanori Aoyagi
September 25 On-site inspection by ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites)
October 4 Tomioka City and Fukaya City in Saitama Prefecture become Friendship Cities. The ceremony is held inside Tomioka Silk Mill.
October 5 World Heritage Conference "The historical value of Tomioka Silk Mill, modernization heritage - Comparative Analysis with Yokosuka Iron Worls and Shinmachi Spinning Mill (Lecturer: Mr. Jun Suzuki, Professor at the Graduate course University of Tokyo)
October 25 Visit of the Ambassador of the Permanent Delegation of Japan to the representative of UNESCO Kenjiro Monji
November 8 Visit of the Ambassador of Papua New Guinea in Japan M. Gabriel John Klero Dusava
From November 15 to December 15 Tomioka Silk Mill Archives Exhibition
2014
From April 1 to 13 Cherry blossom light-up
From April 5 to 6 Cherry blossom festival
From April 17 to 18 Silk Summit 2014 in Tomioka Silk Mill
April 26 Evaluation results and recommendation from ICOMOS
June 21 Tomioka Silk Mill is added to the list at the 38th session of the World Heritage Committee in Doha, Qatar
(Registration as a World Heritage Site)
From June 20 to 21 Public viewing
June 21 Celebration parade for the inscription of the Tomioka Silk Mill on the World Heritage List
June 25 Inscription on the World Heritage List (official registration)
July 23 Visit of Prime Minister M. Abe
July 26 Ceremony to celebrate the inscription of the Tomioka Silk Mill on the World Heritage List
From September 27 to October 5 Silk Country in Tomioka Silk Mill
From October 10 to November 9 Exhibition Tomioka Silk Mill and Hana Mayu (silk cocoon flower)
November 22 Record of 1 million people having visited Tomioka Silk Mill (annual)
December 10 Registration as a National Treasure
December 17 Record of 3 million people visiting Tomioka Silk Mill (accumulative)
From February 6 to March 1 Tomioka Silk Mill Archives Exhibition "Bonnet and Tomioka"
February 12 Dissolution of Tomioka Silk Mill Liaison Council for World Heritage Tomioka Silk Mill
2015
From April 2 to 7 Cherry blossom light-up
From April 4 to 5 Cherry blossom festival
From May 16 to June 14 S.SHOBEY exhibition
June 14 S.SHOBEY exhibition lecture
June 21 1st Anniversary of the registration of Tomioka Silk Mill as a World Heritage
From June 25 to 28 Sell of special postal stamp and commemorative stamp "Tomioka Silk Mill and Related Sites"
From July 30 to 31
From August 4 to 10
World Heritage Study Kids Program
From August 1 to 30 "Ukiyo-e wood block print Collection" exhibition
From October 3 to 4 Silk country Gunma "silk country Summit"
October 4 World Heritage Registration 1st anniversary commemorative ceremony and International symposium
October 19 Record of 4 million people having visited to Tomioka Silk Mill (cumulative total)
From December 5 to January 17 Uzbekistan exhibition
December 5 Uzbekistan exhibition opening ceremony
 In the presence of his Highness Farrukh Islomdjonovich Tursunov, Ambassador od the Republic of Uzbekistan in Japan
December 5, 12 and 19 Uzbekistan exhibition lecture
December 27 Record of 1 million people having visited Tomioka Silk Mill (annual)
January 22 Opening to the public of East Cocoon Warehouse 2F, West Cocoon Warehouse viewing deck and Iron Water Tank
From February 5 to February 28 Tomioka Silk Mill Archives Exhibition
"Silk-reeling machines on paintings and society at the time of Tomioka Silk Mill birth as depicted on Meiji color woodblock prints"
March 30 Outside view of the "Sick rooms" open to the public.
2016
April 1 CG picture Guided Tour (smart glass) start
From April 1 to 10 Cherry blossom light-up
April 9 and 10 Cherry blossom festival
April 23 Life silkworms display began (whole year)
April 25 Outward appearance of "Haruna dormitory" open to the public
May 1
Virtual Reality scope on sale
May 15 Sand art (Spring Tomioka French Festival in Gunma-related event)
May 23 Display of full-scale mulberry trees (permanent planting of mulberry seedling)
June 25 World Heritage Anniversary Concert SHANTI
From July 16 to August 31 Opening hours extension (summer vacation period)
July 26, 27th World Heritage Kids Program
July 27 Announcement of the production of a movie on Tomioka Silk Mill
From July 25 to August 30
Monday and Tuesday a week
Summer vacation workshop "Swinging and dancing cocoon craft jellyfish"
September 1 Free of charge sign-language interpreter dispatch starts
From September 6 to September 26 "Tomioka Silk Mill and Related Sites" exhibition
From October 15 to November 6 Bourg-de-Péage exhibition
October 15 Bourg-de-Péage exhibition opening ceremony
 En présence de Mme Nathalie Nieson, Maire de Bourg-de-Péage et de
 M. Paul-Bertrand Barets, Ministre-conseiller à l'ambassade de France au Japon.
November 12 Achievement of 5 million Tomioka Silk Mill visitors (total)
December 3 Inauguration of the dynamic exhibition of the Brunat Engine
December 3 Lecture on the World heritage "Meiji Era becomes closer today : Tomioka Silk Mill Secret Stories told by the descendants"
(lecturer : Mizue Kawashima, Michiko Hayami)
December 19 Lecture on France - Japan Relations "The Role of the Tomioka Silk Mill in France - Japan Relations"
(lecturer / Ryuichiro KOBAYASHI, Consul of Japan in Lyon)
January 14 Opening ceremony of Meiji University / Christian Polak Collection Exhibition : the History of Japan - France Relations at the Tomioka Silk Mill as told by the archives
 Junko Yagasaki, Vice-President of Meiji University Social Cooperation Center
 With the participation of Christian Polak
From January 14 to February 12 Meiji University / Christian Polak Collection Exhibition
―The History of Japan - France Relations at the Tomioka Silk Mill as told by the archives―
From February 3 to February 26 Tomioka Silk Mill Archives Exhibition"Measure and Inspect"
From February 17 to March 7 Special Exhibition - Discover Silk Country Gunma - World Heritage, Japan Heritage and Gunma Silk Related Heritage
From March 17 to March 19 Summit on the Future of the Silk Road : From the Silk Road to the Silk Country
From March 21 to March 29 Jobu University Etegami Exhibition "Etegami exchanges between Akiko Kazami and Kunio Koike"
2017
From April 1 to 25 Exhibition Akiko Kazami : Postcards Pictures Designed with the Sensibility of an Actress
From April 1 to 14 Cherry blossom light-up
April 8 and 9 Cherry blossom festival
From April 29 to May 7 Golden Week Special Event : Cocoon Craft Workshop
May 27 Sand art (Spring Tomioka French Festival in Gunma-related event)
From 8 to 22 on June Exhibition "Tomioka Silk Mill and Related Sites" : Sericultural Scenery of Meiji Era (1868-1912)
June 24 World Heritage Anniversary Concert Sebuhiroko
June 25 Completion announcement preview of the movie "Akai Tasuki : The story of the Tomioka Silk Mill"
July 1 Opening ceremony of the Akai Tasuki Exhibition
From July 1 to October 22 Akai Tasuki Exhibition
July 2 Movie "red cord - Tomioka Silk Mill story ..." precedence screening meeting
July 21 Opening to the public of the outside visit of the "Company House 71 (manager's house) and the "High Voltage Substation"
From July 21 to August 31 Summer Vacation Child Experience-Based Program
Let's explore the Tomioka Silk Mill ... Let's find Otomichan ! ...
From 25 to 27 on July World Heritage Kids Program
From July 25 to August 31 Summer special opening hours extension
July 28 High efficiency Free Wi-Fi service now available
August 1 Start of sign language guide
From August 4 to 6
From August 11 to 20
From August 25 to 27
Tomioka Silk Mill Light Up Walk
September 23 "Akai Tasuki" related exhibition 
Talk show & mini-concert with Yu Mizushima and Miyu Yoshimoto
October 8 France - Japan Exchange Symposium "Exploring the Roots of Tomioka Silk Mill"
Cerdon wine tasting
From 12 to 19 on November Japan - France Exchange "Journey to the origin of Tomioka Silk Mill"
From December 2 to January 8 Mount Fuji and Kaiki Silk Exhibition
December 3 World Heritage Lecture "Mount Fuji and Kaiki Silk : the Culture and Industry nurtured by Mount Fuji "
(lecturer : Makoto Horiuchi and Katsura Takasuga)
December 9, 10th Mount Fuji Origami Workshop
From December 10 to January 4 Tomioka Silk Mill and Related Sites Exhibition (Fujisan Museum)
From January 18 to February 4 "Silk Floss Dress Exhibition : The Warmth of White and Pure Silk Floss"
From February 7 to February 21 Exhibition "Tomioka Silk Mill and Related Sites : the History of Silk Industry and World Heritage"
From February 16 to March 11 Tomioka Silk Mill document exhibition "it shows - of a certain - family in the 30, Showa generation of Tomioka Silk Mill"
March 15 Meiji 150th Anniversary "Silk Road Wide Area Cooperation Project related Symposium : The Future of Silk Industry from Tomioka Silk Mill"
March 24 "Tomioka Silk Mill brand book" beginning to sell
March 24 Tomioka City government office grand opening-related event
From March 24 to April 8
From April 28 to May 6
Spring Light Up and Special Opening of the Director's House
From March 24 to April 8 "Let's look for Otomichan in Tomioka Silk Mill !"②