High quality fabrics made of Chichibu Meisen, a special type of Japanese silk (Photo: Masato Kitamura)

Chichibu Meisenkan

Experience the making of Japanese silk

Masato Kitamura   - 1 min read

It was my second visit to Chichibu Meisenkan in Chichibu city, a museum where you can experience the making of Chichibu Meisen, a particular type of Japanese silk. Next to the famous areas in Gunma and Nagano, Chichibu was also well-known for the production of raw silk and silk goods during the Meiji period and until the beginning of the Showa period. Raw silk was Japan’s main export good at that time. After that the Chichibu industrial institute of textile became the museum of silk goods, and the museum continues to introduce the technique of Chichibu Meisen until today.

Masato Kitamura

Masato Kitamura @masato.kitamura

I was born and grew up in Nagano city. After that I lived in Osaka nine years. Later years I live in Kanto plain. I worked for 36 years as a programmer and related business in a software company. I was retirement of 60 years old. Now I’m doing a part-time job at near my house. I like personal ...