Saturday, 29 July 2017

Historic Villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama,Japan.

 Located in a mountainous region that was cut off from the rest of the world for a long period of time, these villages with their Gassho-style houses subsisted on the cultivation of mulberry trees and the rearing of silkworms. The large houses with their steeply pitched thatched roofs are the only examples of their kind in Japan. Despite economic upheavals, the villages of Ogimachi, Ainokura and Suganuma are outstanding examples of a traditional way of life perfectly adapted to the environment and people's social and economic circumstances.
Date of Inscription: 1995
Ref: 734
Received this captivating card from dear friend Phoebe affixing beautiful and odd shaped stamp.
2017 Stamp- Traditional Japanese Design
2015 Stamp  Definitive


Received this beautiful card with matching pictorial seal and nice stamps from Yosuke with many thanks.
Yosuke explains that the red seal was stamped with WADA-KE HOUSE.
That's for visitors.
About Wada-ke House
The only nationally-designated important cultural property in Shirakawa-go, it is a thatched-roof ridgepole Gassho style house, the largest of its kind.
It has gardens and hedges that preserve its atmosphere, surrounding fields and waterways. 
In addition to the main house, the storehouse and toilet are also designated as important property. 
The main house first floor and attic boasts a size of 110 square meters. 
The massive beams on the first floor are called "cattle trees", and they hold the ceiling up high and create a large space. 
The doors "glow" black due to wiping of the soot from the hearth every day which gives them a black shine, as if it were coated in lacquer. 
1965 Stamp- Completion of Meteorological Radar Station, Mount Fuji
1984 Stamp- Alpine Plants

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