GunmaTomioka Silk Mill
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- (c) TAKAYUKI UEDA/a.collectionRF /amanaimages 144-1
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Tomioka Silk Mill was the first western factory built in Japan, and served as the model for future factories of its kind, which was built in 1872 by the Meiji government. The main building is a rare example of the combination of traditional Japanese and modern Western architecture, as you can see in the bricks used to support the wooden frames and traditional Japanese ceramic tiles for the roof. In 2014 it was designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage as well as an Important Cultural Property of Japan.