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Traditional farm village of Ainokura.
17th-20th c Japanese Vernacular Architecture

JAPANESE TRADITIONAL Anonymous Primary
JAPANESE TRADITIONAL Anonymous
c. 1600-2000
17th-20th c
Wood; straw
Constructed
Vernacular
Gokayama Ainokura Village. Shokawa Valley. Japan.
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They are called gassho-zukuri houses because of the steep roofs that are shaped like praying hands (gassho). The roofs have a slope of 60 degrees and the thatch is usually over three feet thick. Smoke from the open hearths penetrate the roof area protecting the thatch from damp and insects. Roofs can last up to 50 years.

Caption: JAPANESE TRADITIONAL Anonymous|Traditional farm village of Ainokura. |Vernacular|c. 1600-2000|Japanese|┬ęKathleen Cohen|jpan2792
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