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)
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.