Suganuma Gassho Village in Toyama

Snow-covered traditional village in Gokayama

By Masayoshi Hirose    - 1 min read

During February 7th to 9th in 2015, I visited Gassho-style villages in Hokuriku Region after a business trip in the area.

This photo story concerns Suganuma village which I visited on February 8th. I was looking forward to seeing snow on the thatched roofs, which are the symbol of Gassho-style village. However I found that the snow had slipped onto the ground due to the warmer weather with sun and rain which preceded my visit. Since it couldn't be helped, I went ahead and explored the village. Gassho villages are so named because the steeply slanting thatched roofs resemble two hands joined together in prayer ( 合掌 gassho). I could see that!

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Takako Sakamoto

Takako Sakamoto @takako.sakamoto

I was born in and grew up in Tokushima prefecture, and have lived in many places since then: Nishinomiya, Kyoto, Nara, Mie, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Fukuoka and Fukui. I am currently living in Yokohama City. All the places I lived, all the places I visited, I have loved dearly. The historical places where people lived, loved, suffered, and fought - places where I can still hear their heartbeats - mesmerize me. I'd like to retrace the footsteps of the people who lived in Japan a long long time ago, and introduce to you what they left behind on this soil.  

Original by Masayoshi Hirose