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)|
|• Tree||Taxus cuspidata|
|Time zone||Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)|
|City Hall 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.
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Previously the city had another Brazilian school, Centro Educacional Crescer e Aprender/Ashinaga Gakuen.
- "Celebrating 40 Years as Sister Cities". Okaya International Exchange Association. Archived from the original on January 3, 2007. Retrieved 2008-02-24.
- "The Okaya Silk Museum". Kimonogeisha.com. 2015-01-28. Retrieved 2015-09-02.
- "生糸をつくる" (in Japanese). Miyasaka Silk Reeling Co. 2014-01-01. Retrieved 2015-09-02.
- "Escolas Brasileiras Homologadas no Japão" (Archive). Embassy of Brazil in Tokyo. Retrieved on October 13, 2015.
- "Escolas Brasileiras Homologadas no Japão" (Archive). Embassy of Brazil in Tokyo. February 7, 2008. Retrieved on October 13, 2015.
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