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The historic village of Shirakawa-go in Japan has been deemed a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1995. The farmhouses in the village are well known for its unique architectural style of gassho-zukuri, which means, prayer hands construction. The roofs of the houses are built with 60-degree slopes, resembling the Buddhist hands when folded in prayer. The steep roofs also help to withstand the region`s heavy snowfall in the winter, and serve as an optimal place for breeding silkworms in the summer. A highly recommended experience in this village is to stay over night at one of the farmhouses.
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