Thursday, December 10, 2015

World Heritage Minka

Historic village in Gifu still shines 20 years after UNESCO listing

The Asahi Shimbun  December 10, 2015  

“Gassho-zukuri” houses in Shirakawa-go, Gifu Prefecture, are lit up on Dec. 9 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the UNESCO World Heritage registration. (Ikuro Aiba)

SHIRAKAWA, Gifu Prefecture--Five “gassho-zukuri” A-framed houses were illuminated Dec. 9 to mark the 20th anniversary of the registration of two areas as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites.

The Shirakawa-go part of Shirakawa village in Gifu Prefecture and the Gokayama area of Nanto, Toyama Prefecture, gained the designation mainly because of these slanted-roofed houses.

Twenty-seven incandescent lamps were used on the night of Dec. 9 to bathe the five houses in warm light in Shirakawa-go, including the Wada family home, which is also designated an important cultural property by the central government.

The light show was the final illumination event in the village for 2015.