Let's make this account a little more personal. I was thinking about sharing some pictures of my daily life here in Japan. Actually modeling allows me a lot of free time and I try as much as possible to do not waste this entertaining journey we call life! Carpe diem
The Historic Village of Shirakawa-gō is one of Japan's UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Shirakawa-gō (白川郷, "White River Old-District") is located in the village of Shirakawa in Gifu Préfecture, in the remote Shogawa river valley. The valley is in a mountain region with considerable snowfall, and the village is well known for their clusters of farmhouses, constructed in the architectural style known as gasshō-zukuri (合掌造り), which are designed to easily shed snow from their roofs and isolating the house at the same time.
Since winters are very cold and the village is surrounded by mountains, people weren't able to leave the valley for months. To survive they start sericulture and sold silk in the city to earn the necessary money to buy what they needed during the cold season.
The production of silkworms has been traced back to the 16th century but has since entirely disappeared. It was the requirement for large quantities of indoor space for silkworm beds and for the storage of their food supply (mulberry leaves) that led to the Gassho-style house, with its multi-levelled division of their roof spaces to increase the functional area.
Fires always burn inside the houses to keep it warm and dry the wooden structure. The smoke was spread into the whole house to repel insects, tight the ropes and tar it to make it unmovable.
In Japan everything has a reason to be 😉