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The Gassho style settlement in Shirakawa Village located at the headstream of the Sho River in northern Gifu was registered as UNESCO World Heritage in December 1995.It is reported that the pattern of Ogimachi Town with the largest number of Gassho style houses existing,which is 114, was already formed in the beginning of the Middle Ages and prospered by entry of Yamashita Ujikatsu,the lord of Orimachi castle,who is Uchigashima Ujimasa’s general,into this Shirakawago in 1460.
The Shirakawa-go and neighboring Gokayama regions line the Shogawa River Valley in the remote mountains that span from Gifu to Toyama Prefectures. Declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1995, they are famous for their traditional gassho-zukuri farmhouses, some of which are more than 250 years old.
Gassho-zukuri means “constructed like hands in prayer”, as the farmhouses’ steep thatched roofs resemble the hands of Buddhist monks pressed together in prayer. The architectural style developed over many generations and is designed to withstand the large amounts of heavy snow that falls in the region during winter. The roofs, made without nails, provided a large attic space used for cultivating silkworms.
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