#469 Gassho-zukuri houses

Gassho-zukuri houses are characterised by their steep, thatched roofs.

They are said to look like two hands raised in prayer.

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合掌/gassho literally means “pressing your hands together to pray” and 造/zukuri is a suffix for made or making.

Another special thing about them is they’re made without nails or metal of any kind.

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Shirakawa-go in Gifu Prefecture and Gokayama in Toyama Prefecture are villages designated as World Heritage sites for their gassho-zukuri houses.

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Some are open to the public but many are still lived in by locals.

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