Gallery: Two Japanese Mountain Villages are Beautiful Examples of Histo...

 
Preserved as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the beautiful Japanese villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama present these historical building designs which were developed to support silk production in the 17th Century.

Preserved as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the quiet Japanese villages of Shirakawa-gō and Gokayama are a beautiful example of the gasshō-zukuri, or “prayer-hands construction,” historic building design. Originally developed to support silk production in the 17th Century, the villages are the only example of Gassho-zukuri construction in all of Japan. The strong, sustainable homes were built with a direct relationship to the land, each having a steeply slanted thatched roof to help the snow slide off. UNESCO describes the villages as “outstanding examples of a traditional way of life perfectly adapted to the environment and people’s social and economic circumstances.”

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  1. colorado springs water ... July 19, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    These are great pictures! Definitely one place that has it right when it comes to construction and sustainability. Thanks for sharing this!

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