Here are just a few photos to hopefully whet your appetite.
Kurashiki - established as the centre of Japanese cotton spinning in 1888.
Cotton from Zimbabwe, USA, and other location, in the Nihon Menpu warehouse.
Cotton ginning machine made by Platt Brothers of Oldham, installed at Kurabo - Kurashiki Spinning Mill - around 1915.
Intriguingly, it was Platt Brothers who later produced the Toyoda Type G automatic loom under licence in the UK.
The old Kurabo cotton warehouse, Kurashiki.
Interior of RHRB - named after JD Salinger's novella, Raise High The Roof Beam, Carpenters.
Toyoda loom - from the 1920s? - in the Evisu showroom at Daikanyama. It's incomplete, but I believe this is one of the celebrated G-series looms that put the Toyoda - now Toyota - company on the map.
Hinoya Plus Mart, Ueno
45rpm store, Shibuya