|More than 400 years have passed since Ono Sonkichi laid out the plans for Kiryu Shin Machi and established the long avenue which has become the commercial center of Kiryu, Honcho Street.
The first two districts, 1 and 2 chome, have many buildings whose classical architecture reveal the nostalgic past. The photo above is of the Mori Enterprises Company, whose warehouse is an outstanding example of the Taisho period architecture for which Kiryu is well known.
A stroll along Honcho Street, beginning at Tenmangu Shrine will give you a wonderful idea of the textile history which still dominates Kiryu's character and ambiance. If you turn off Honcho onto one of the alleyways leading east or west, you are bound to encounter some of the many still remaining sawtoothed roof factories chracteristic of textile mills.