FUN-travel: Jubilant Japan in Bloom! – Shirakawa-go

April 7, 2018 by  

  • This quaint mountain village…

…famous for their traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses…

…with rice fields & a river running through it…

…was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1995.

  • Gassho-zukuri means “constructed like hands in prayer”…

…as the farmhouses’ steep thatched roofs…

…resemble the hands of Buddhist monks…

…pressed together in prayer.

Myozen-ji Temple Grounds

  • The architectural style developed over many generations…

…is designed to withstand the large amounts of heavy snow…

…that falls in the region during winter.

  • The roofs made without nails..

…. provided a large attic space…

…used for cultivating silkworms.

Just Beginning to Blossom

FUN-fact – They have survived for more than 300 years or so because firewood is burned indoors every day, which fumigates the roof with smoke, kills pests, and has a preservative effect. Constructed without using even a single nail, these houses are distinctive for being built entirely of natural materials.

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