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Building a traditional roof without nails

Shirakawa, Gifu, Japan
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We took the bus from Takayama and stopped at Ogimachi, a traditional village that was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The houses in the area are unique and very traditional. The roofs of those farmhouses are build in a very steep angle, so that the large amount of snow this region gets in winter can easily fall off. An interesting facts are that all the roofs are made without the use of nails and the space underneath the roof is usually used for cultivating silkworms. We were lucky, when we walked around the village, we could watch some men building a traditional roof (see picture).
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