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Shirakawa
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This is the Shirakawago Gassyou Tsukuri (白川郷合掌造り) in gifu prefecture in Japan.   You are looking at a traditional Japanese house commonly built in heavy snowed area.  The roof shape and steep angle is made so snow would slide down.  

The roofs of these house need to be mended every now and then in fall and it usually done together by the local people, this event also attract many tourists. 

In eary summer one can enjow fresh green from rice/pady field, and in the midle of the summer one can see water being sprayed tens of meter hight to the houses roof to prevent them from beight caught fire.

This photo is taken in around 5:30 PM in January in a once-a-year illumination event.

Canon 20D, Raw, manual, 4 or 5 shots, Sigma 8mm F4, home made panorama head.

Copyright: H. Adi Saputra
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 7408x3704
Uploaded: 12/11/2009
Updated: 11/09/2014
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Tags: japan; gifu; shirakawa; shirakawago; snow; traditional; gasshou; early evening.
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