Sunday, June 24, 2012

Japan: Villages of Shirakawa-go.

The Historic Villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama are one of Japan's UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The site is located in the Shogawa river valley stretching across the border of Gifu and Toyama Prefectures in central Japan. Shirakawa-gō  is located in the village of Shirakawa in Gifu Prefecture. These villages are well known for their houses constructed in the architectural style known asgasshō-zukuri . The Gasshō-zukuri, "prayer-hands construction" style is characterized by a thatched and steeply slanting roof resembling two hands joined in prayer. The design is exceptionally strong and, in combination with the unique properties of the thatching, allow the houses to withstand and shed the weight of the region's heavy snowfalls in winter.
Shown of the card is Village of Shirakawago during a fire drill.

Thanks to  Aj Nishizawa for the wonderful card. He has used a matching stamp and a pictorial postmark depicting Temple Hogan Ji which is a UNESCO heritage temple in Kyoto.

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