Gassho-zukuri: A Step Into The Past

Despite the intricacy of the design, as with the rest of the authentic gassho-zukuri, no nails were used to build this first-floor hall. Instead, the different wood pieces fit together like a puzzle box. In the background you can see the family’s traditional Butsudan. 

Seen above is the museum’s current room for welcoming guests. This room was part of the stables 300 years ago. The hearth heats the entire farmhouse and the owner, seen in the picture, is currently using a bamboo tool that is specially built to increase the flames. 

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