Michiko has kept the sericulture activities alive in the palace for decades. 2019 was her last sericulture tasks and passed it on to Empress Masako this year.
On Monday 11 May 2020, the palace held a ceremony called “Goyosan Hajime no Gi” to mark the opening of the year’s silk-farming activities in Momijiyama Imperial Cocoonery in Tokyo, Japan. And during the private ceremony, Empress Masako started feeding the silkworms type – Koishimaru, with the shredded mulberry leaves for the first time.
The sericulture tradition was first started in 1871 by Empress Sho Ken. Since then, the tradition has been passing on to the next generations until today. They usually grow many kinds of silkworms, but due to the Covid-19 situation, Koishimaru type is the only one they grow this year which produce soft and strong silk fabric.
Continuing the palace sericulture: below is a video about Empress Michiko and her staff during the process of the silk cultivation – from growing mulberry trees and feeding silkworms in the palace to producing fine silk cloth – from Koujo Hasukagi YouTube Channel in Japanese and French:…
Here are some images (from Koujo Hasukagi YouTube Channel) about – The Imperial Sericulture of the Japanese Empress – to give you general understanding about how the silkworms transformations in the palace:..