Shirakawa-gō is a historic village in Gifu. Together with Gokayama in Toyama, it was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site on December 9, 1995.
The remote mountain villages of gassho-style houses in Shirakawa-go and Gokayama on the Hida Highlands were registered as cultural heritage sites in 1995. The scenery of the mountain villages blending in with the nature of each season - fresh green leaves in spring, tinted leaves in autumn, winter snow - and the atmosphere of the villages with traditional houses standing side by side looks just like a fairy tale.
Houses built in the "gassho style" are defined as having a roof in the shape of a triangle, similar to hands folded in prayer. In the multilayer structure, the 3rd and 4th floors are particularly characteristic as they demonstrate the wisdom of the farmers who are able to raise silkworms even in the harsh winters. The area for the silkworms is up in the attic where the heat from the first floor, filled with people and activity, rises up. The roof has an impressive slope of 60° to allow the heavy snow (sometimes as much as 4 meters) to slide off more easily.
The roofs can support even 2 m of snow!!
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SWEETFREEDOM (23086) 2010-11-29 3:39
picturesque village surrounded by lush green meadows and trees. fine colors and p.o.v.
dkmurphys (50808) 2010-11-29 4:56
Another picturesque scene. Japan must be amazing, a real beautiful world. Fine atmosphere, well taken.
francio64 (39447) 2010-11-29 5:28
sembra un bel villaggio.
Il POV è ben scelto e mostra uno scorrere tranquillo di vita quotidiana.
Bella la luce e i colori.
raszid62 (18585) 2010-11-29 8:25
bardzo mi³a ta wioska ze wspania³ymi domkami krytymi strzech±. Piêkne kolorowe jesienne wzgórze nad wiosk± . Mimo jesiennej pory kwiaty jeszcze kwitn± .
Bardzo fajna kompozycja.
Sergiom (64155) 2010-11-29 10:04
Très belle image en provenance du pays du soleil levant. L'automne donne de belle teintes aux collines et les maisons aux toits de chaume sont très belles.
holmertz (43293) 2010-11-29 10:30
Although this place looks a bit adapted to tourism, the buildings are remarkable and beautifully situated. I like the fine texture of the roofs and the many varieties of soft colours among the trees on the hillside. It looks like a very pleasant place to visit.
ade71 (2228) 2010-11-29 12:03
Ciao Malgorzata, bello questo villaggio immerso nel verde. Ottima la nitidezza! Mi sembra tu non sia stata fortunata col tempo. Era spesso nuvoloso? Adele
PJE (20758) 2010-11-29 20:58
Hello Malgorzata. I had a hunch you would be posting another from a close up view of these unique homes and now I am very glad you did. It does look like a magical place just as your comments suggest and I can believe that those grass roofs would be able to withstand two meters of snow. Excellent design and very nicely arranged photo.
jjcordier (77890) 2010-11-29 22:49
Intéressante image intégrant ces constructions anciennes originales devant ce bel arrière plan végétal (j'aurais peut-être coupé ce bout de ciel blanc?)
Silvio1953 (127036) 2010-11-30 13:21
Ciao Malgorzata, lovely composition with beautiful village, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
danyy (0) 2010-12-01 0:21
un biel nel endroit pris d'un POV astucieux, il montre cet arrière-plan arboré aux couleurs variées. Vue de vie tranquille dans un village de tradition entouré de nature.
Vasa (16778) 2010-12-08 17:23
My little come back to your romantic inspiration, dear Malgo. One has never enough. At least the local construction which I would like to have for me. By pure egoism.
All compliments for your witness from far away world. Thank you for your presence and for your continuation.