Idyllic scenery at Japan countryside

08:53, May 11, 2011      

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This photo taken on May 10, 2011 shows the houses of a gassho-zukuri village in Shirakawa-go, Gifu Prefecture, Japan. Gassho-zukuri village in Shirakawa-go is one of Japan's UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The village is well known for its houses constructed in architectural style known as gassho-zukuri, which means prayer-hands construction. This style is characterized by a thatched and steeply slanting roof resembling two hands joined in prayer. The design is strong and, in combination with the unique properties of the thatching, allow the houses to withstand and shed the weight of the region's heavy snowfalls in winter.(Xinhua/Ji Chunpeng)


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