28 Mar '14, 8pm

Gassho-zukuri, Japan

Gassho-zukuri, Japan

Built during the 19th century; these homes are aligned parallel to the Sho River, giving a very harmonious landscape. The architectural style is known as gassho-zukuri, meaning prayer-hands, characterized by a steep thatched roof allowing the houses to shed heavy snowfall in winter. Silk production, which needed large enclosed spaces for silkworm beds and storage of mulberry leaves, was an important factor in the development of this style of house.

Full article: http://naturalhomes.org/timeline/gassho-zukuri.htm

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