Culture minister Hakubun Shimomura on Monday visited the
The minister toured the mill complex, which includes timber-frame brick masonry buildings for cocoon warehouses and silk-reeling plant, as he looked for ways to spark tourism there.
"We should think about not only ways to protect it but also to utilize it to stimulate industries such as the sightseeing business," the minister of education, culture, sports, science and technology told reporters after his first visit to the mill in
The committee members mostly backed a U.N. advisory panel's recommendation in April to give the silk mill heritage status, citing technology exchanges between
The complex, built in 1872 initially as a government-run factory and operated until 1987, became
The related sites registered together with the mill complex are the Tajima Yahei sericulture farmhouse, the Takayama-sha sericulture school and the Arafune cold storage for silkworm eggs, all located in the same prefecture.
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