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January:@Gassho-style houses in Shirakawa-go (Gifu)

These Gassho-style houses in the old village in Shirakawa-go, Gifu, were registered as a World Heritage in 1995. It was the 6th registration of World Heritage in Japan. There are 12 of these very old houses. Because of heavy and wet snow in this district, these multistory houses have thatched roof in a triangle shape. The roof needs to be thatched every 10 to 15 years and all the people in the village help to carry out the task.