Japan sightseeing (2)
7 June 2015
Shirakawa-go’s Gassho-Zukuri Village was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in December 1995, along with the Gokayama Gassho-Zukuri Village.
The gassho style of building is characterized by steep, thatched roofs. These steep roofs connect over massive wooden beams, shaped like hands folded in prayer (gassho in Japanese). The houses are unique to the region, able to endure the heavy snowfalls of winter, while the upper reaches are ideal for the cultivation of silkworms.
The Wada family house is a typical "Gassho-zukuri" style house (a house built in the form of hands steepled in prayer). In common with other such houses in the village, silk production took place in the upper stories with the living quarters located on the ground floor.
Takayama Jinya is a former local government office originally built in 1692 and rebuilt in 1816 under Tokugawa Shogunate. Takayama Jinya administered the Hida Province. Although there were 60 regional headquarters and sub-headquarters during the Edo period, the Takayama Jinya is the only one existing today and as such is now covered by protective ordinances as a historical asset. Takayama Jinya has been restored to its configuration in the Edo Period.