Location of Okaya in Nagano Prefecture
|• Mayor||Ryugo Imai (since September 2007)|
|• Total||85.19 km2 (32.89 sq mi)|
|Population (May 1, 2011)|
|• Density||616.93/km2 (1,597.8/sq mi)|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|- Tree||Taxus cuspidata|
|Address||Saiwaichō 8-1, Okaya City, Nagano Prefecture (長野県岡谷市幸町８番１号)
From the Meiji period through the start of the Shōwa period (1868-1930), the Okaya area was one of Japan's largest producers of export-quality silk, due to the introduction of a then new silk-reeling machine from overseas. The city was founded on April 1, 1936.
After the World War II, Okaya established itself as a manufacturing city of precision machinery, focusing on producing products such as watches and cameras.
To memorize the importance for the Japanese silk industry, the Okaya Silk Museum opened its doors in 1964. Besides pictures of the old manufacturing techniques and people working in the silk reeling manufactures, you can see old machinery and a full functioning manufacture that is run by the Miyasaka Silk Reeling Co. inside of the museum.
- "Celebrating 40 Years as Sister Cities". Okaya International Exchange Association. Retrieved 2008-02-24.[dead link]
- "The Okaya Silk Museum". Kimonogeisha.com. 2015-01-28. Retrieved 2015-09-02. Check date values in:
- "生糸をつくる" (in Japanese). Miyasaka Silk Reeling Co. 2014-01-01. Retrieved 2015-09-02. Check date values in:
- Okaya City official website (Japanese)
- Okaya City official website (English)
- Okaya City official website (Portuguese)
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