"Father of Japanese math, Kowa SEKI" as it goes in Jomo Karuta, the Gunma version of a traditional iroha garuta or Japanese playing cards. Jomo Karuta uses 47 hometown historical figures, famous places, and products, each of which starts with one of the 47 Japanese syllables. Kowa SEKI is said to have been born in Fujioka and was the treasurer of the Tokugawa Shogunate Government in the Edo period (1603-1867). Elementary schools in Fujioka offer many abacus classes in tribute to their hometown hero.

On the business side, Fujioka prospered in the late Edo to early Meiji Era (1912-1926) thanks to the trade of cocoons, raw silk, and silk fabrics. Chogoro TAKAYAMA, a native of Fujioka, established the "Seion-iku" method of silkworm rearing in the first half of the 1880s after eight years of hard work and dedication. Later, the method became the nation’s standard and had spread all over Japan after a silkworm rearing vocational school opened in Fujioka and students came from all parts of the Japanese archipelago as well as Taiwan and Korea until the school closed in March 1927. The school trained many skilled instructors in the method and, as a result, contributed greatly to the sericultural industry in Japan, which was the key industry at that time. The Takayamasha Company is part of the Tomioka Silk Mill and Related Industrial Heritage that has been on the tentative list of the world heritage since 2007.

Farmers in Fujioka grow tomatoes, strawberries, and flowers, particularly orchids. Fujioka is among the top orchid producers in the country. An orchid is pronounced RAN in Japanese. RARAN FUJIOKA is registered as FUJIOKA but is called by its nickname, RARAN FUJIOKA because of the local flower business, and because they make a point of decorating the road station with beautiful orchids.

Other flower-viewing spots in Fujioka are Koshinyama Sogo Koen, built in 1983 for the National Athletes Meet, and Takenuma Pond, where cherry blossoms are breathtaking in spring, and the Sakurayama Shinrin Koen, where there are the signature winter cherry blossoms.

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