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The Shirakawa-go in Japan

Famous for its distinctively designed farmhouses, Shirakawa-go is among the sites that tourists who visit Japan are usually keen to visit. Included in the World Heritage Sites of the UNESCO, the village and its neighboring area are quite attractive.

The unique design of these farmhouses is derived from the shape of the hands while praying to god. These houses used to belong to monks who converted to Buddhism more than 300 years ago.

What is even more interesting is that these houses were built and restored many times throughout history, while maintaining the marvelous design and genuine layout. The materials used and outline of the houses used to protect the residents and their belongings against harsh conditions like snow and strong wind.

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