Saturday, April 30, 2016

Shirakawa-go Village in Gifu Prefecture

Happy Golden Week, everyone! The first day of Golden Week, Kazu and I went to his hometown to visit his grandparents, and most importantly to get his parents' blessing on our marriage, and more importantly their signatures on the marriage certificate. We got both, so we're planning to pass in the marriage certificate at city hall on Monday! 
We also got a little $present$from Kazu's grandparents, which we used to take a roadtrip! Unlike in the US, almost all highways/freeways/expressways cost money to use, a LOT of money. We drove 4 hours each way, and the total roundtrip cost was roughly 8,000 yen ($80). 
Today's destination was Shirakawa-go Village (白川郷), a world heritage site in rural northern Gifu prefecture famous for having many historic houses built in the ancient Japanese 'gasshou style' of architecture, with straw thatched, A-shaped rooves. "Gasshou" literally refers to the pose of having your hands together as if praying, which is kind of how the rooves of these houses look, like two giant hands put together! 
We were really exhausted after all that driving, but the town was so beautiful it was almost magical-- definitely worth a visit! 

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