JAPAN TRAVELOGUE –DAY 5 – SHIRAKAWA-GO

by Antonio Gil April. 28, 2020 580 views

Sho River

Sho River

Detail of one of the roofs – The video below shows how they do it

Detail of one of the roofs – The video below shows how they do it

The roofs in Shirakawa-go are referred to as gassho-style, because their shape resembles a pair of hands pressed together in prayer (gassho)

The roofs in Shirakawa-go are referred to as gassho-style, because their shape resembles a pair of hands pressed together in prayer (gassho)

The roofs, made without nails, provided a large attic space used for cultivating silkworms

The roofs, made without nails, provided a large attic space used for cultivating silkworms

Video - Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go

Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama

Located in a mountainous region that was cut off from the rest of the world for a long period of time, this village with their Gassho-style houses subsisted on the cultivation of mulberry trees and the rearing of silkworms. The large houses with their steeply pitched thatched roofs are the only examples of their kind in Japan. Despite economic upheavals, the villages of Ogimachi, Ainokura and Suganuma are outstanding examples of a traditional way of life perfectly adapted to the environment and people's social and economic circumstances.

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Aleksandra Górna Ozdemir 1 year, 1 month ago

Beautiful architecture

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Antonio Gil Replied to Aleksandra Górna Ozdemir 1 year, 1 month ago

Thank you Aleksandra. It sure was 😁

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José Manuel 1 year, 1 month ago

#5, 1,2,3

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Antonio Gil Replied to José Manuel 1 year, 1 month ago

Obrigado amigo. Grande abraço

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Andi Saw 1 year, 1 month ago

I'm already in love with this place. blue heart

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Antonio Gil Replied to Andi Saw 1 year, 1 month ago

Very different from the busy cities of japan. 😁 Thanks dear CRI

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Varsha Arun 1 year, 1 month ago

How perfectly you have captured the serenity of the countryside...interesting piece of information too.
 #5 is hands-down my favourite!

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Antonio Gil Replied to Varsha Arun 1 year, 1 month ago

Thank you so much dear Varsha. #5 is also my favourite 😀

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Benny Law 1 year, 1 month ago

This little village is so beautiful! I love the colours and the scenery in these photos. This could easily be my favourite post of your Japan Travelogue series so far.

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Antonio Gil Replied to Benny Law 1 year, 1 month ago

More to come my friend. Thank you so much Benny 😁

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Guillermo Huerga Borrego 1 year, 1 month ago

A spectacular series, I had no idea that there were these landscapes in Japan, I have always had the idea of a very urban country, thanks for sharing it. Greetings and take care.

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Antonio Gil Replied to Guillermo Huerga Borrego 1 year, 1 month ago

Fortunately it's somewhat balanced. Thanks dear friend. Take care

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Bill Baird 1 year, 1 month ago

Great photos and video(s) A place I would travel to for a years visit if I was independently wealthy. Beautiful country and interesting architecture. I thought a group of 5 was a large roofing crew. lol

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Antonio Gil Replied to Bill Baird 1 year, 1 month ago

Thank you so much for your kind words Bill. I'm sure you would like it. The video really shows how they build those intricate roofs.

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Camellia Staab 1 year, 1 month ago

WOW! First of all your photos are beautiful and truly show the beauty of this location. I watched the video with total awe. I found it  funny when the narrator said these thatched roofs only last 40-50 years....our roofs don't even last 15 years.  What an inspiration. I also thought how interesting that they have no problem with inhaling all that smoke from the fire, over here it would a no,no. As always another very,  very interesting post and gorgeous photos.

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Antonio Gil Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year, 1 month ago

This fifth day will be almost all about this interesting village. About the smoke ... and they live longer 😁
Thanks dear Camellia

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Francesc 1 year, 1 month ago

Amazing captures...Fantastic village....Have a nice day!!!

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Antonio Gil Replied to Francesc 1 year, 1 month ago

Thank you Francesc. It sure deserves a visit

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