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Kakaa Denka
The Silk Story of Gunma

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STORY

Joshu (present-day Gunma Prefecture) was at the center of Japan’s thriving silk industry in which women supported their households by raising silkworms, and by producing filature and textiles.
From the Meiji Era to the end of World War II, many women were employed in silk factories or as silk weavers.
The Joshu man was proud of his spouse and affectionately termed her “The Best Wife In the World.” Thus, the image of the “kakaa denka woman” (a wife who controls the house) became popularized and now symbolizes a hard-working woman who takes an active role in the home or workplace.
Visiting silk factories or traditional houses of silkworm production evoke images and memories of the dedicated women who supported Japan’s development.

CULTURAL PROPERTIES

CULTURAL PROPERTIES

  • TITLE

    DESIGNATION

    LOCATION
  • Tomizawake Jutaku(farmhouse used for sericulture)

    Important Cultural Properties, Gunma Silk Heritage

  • Kuni-Akaiwa Important Preservation Districts for Groups of Traditional Buildings

    Important Preservation Districts for Groups of Traditional Buildings, Gunma Silk Heritage

  • Nagai Method Sericultural School Laboratory House

    Katashina Village Important Cultural Properties, Gunma Silk Heritage

  • Former Obata-gumi Seishi Brick Warehouse

    Kanra Town Important Cultural Properties, Gunma Silk Heritage

  • Materials of Sericulture, Silk Reeling, Textiles in Kanra Town

    Gunma Silk Heritage

  • Stone Monument of Kanra-sha Obata-gumi

    Gunma Silk Heritage

  • Shiratakijinja Shrine

    Gunma Silk Heritage

  • Former Kiryu Nenshi Limited Partnership Company Office Building

    Kiryu City Important Cultural Properties, Gunma Silk Heritage

  • Kiryu Shinmachi Important Preservation Districts for Groups of Traditional Buildings

    Important Preservation Districts for Groups of Traditional Buildings, Gunma Silk Heritage

  • Goto Orimono (textile manufacturer)

    Registered Tangible Cultural Properties(Structures), Gunma Silk Heritage

  • Textile Museum “Yukari”

    Registered Tangible Cultural Properties, Gunma Silk Heritage

  • Kiryu Textile Hall Former Building

    Registered Tangible Cultural Properties(Structures), Gunma Silk Heritage

ACCESS

Nakanojo Area
  • Train
    • JR Tokyo Sta.(Shinkansen)~JR Takasaki Sta.(Agatsuma Line)~JR Nakanojo Sta.〜Tomizawake Jutaku
    • JR Tokyo Sta.(Shinkansen)~JR Takasaki Sta.(Agatsuma Line)~JR Naganohara-Kusatsuguchi Sta.〜Nakanojo Town, Kuni-Akaiwa Preservation District for Groups of Traditional Buildings
Katashina Area
  • Train
    • JR Tokyo Sta.(Shinkansen)~JR Takasaki Sta.(Joetsu Line)~JR Numata Sta.(By Car)〜Katashina Area
Kanra Area
  • Train
    • JR Tokyo Sta.(Shinkansen)~JR Takasaki Sta.(Jōshin Dentetsu Line)~Joshu Fukushima Sta.〜Kanra Area
Kiryu Area
  • Train
    • JR Tokyo Sta.(Shinkansen)~JR Takasaki Sta.(Ryomo Line)~JR Kiryu Sta.〜Kiryu Area

CONTACT

  • World Heritage Division, Department of Planning and Development, Gunma Prefectural Government
  • TEL:+81 27-226-2328