Tag Archives: Shirakawa-go

Snow Country Measures

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Life in the snow country of Japan

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Constant manual removal of snow from the rooftops

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Shoveling snow into the snow gutter (beside the lady)

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Plastic shovel for fluffy fresh snow while metal shovel for hard old snow

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Avalanche barriers

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More roadside avalanche barriers

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Like an irrigation system but its purpose is to de-ice this parking lot

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Roadside waterways for depositing and de-icing while shoveling snow. The waterways will then be used for rice paddy irrigation

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Houses with triangular roof so that the snow can easily slide off. Triangular roof also prevents thick accumulation of snow

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Man using snow scoop in Shirakawa-go

Cute Despite its Macho Function

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Takaoka

Only in Japan where an object that hides the sewer, or keeps you from falling into the hole, can be so cute despite its macho function.

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Osaka

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Kyoto

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Kyoto

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Hida-Takayama

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Shirakawa-go

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Ainokura in Gokayama Region

Off Duty Scarecrows

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Shirakawa-go, Gifu Prefecture

Meanwhile, it’s off duty for these scarecrows in the winter. So they’re out of the rice paddies and hibernating in the farmhouse.

Snow Related Warning

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I think what the sign is trying to say is that we should watch out for snow falling from the roof.

Shirakawa-go Farmhouses at Winter

Deep in the valley of Northern Japan Alps lies this mountain village where farmhouses have equilateral triangle thatched roof. This traditional house design known as gassho-style allows snow to slide off easily from the roof.

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To access the Shirakawa-go village is to cross this footbridge

 

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Gassho-style farmhouse

 

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Winter is so beautiful in this village

 

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