Hi Vicki thanks for your lovely article. It is tempting me to visit the places you mention.
I have been told that the silk industry in parts of Gunma prefecture went through problems in the 20th century (competing with other cheaper silk-producing countries perhaps?) and that many of the farm house loft set-ups had to close down, or change their industry - in some cases, shifting to processing Konyakku. I wonder if you know anything about when that was, and why? I'd be really interested to find out, and sadly can't read Japanese articles on this matter. Any help much appreciated! thanks, Rowan
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