Structure of thatch roof characteristic of Gokayama. In order to secure the ridge thatching, two poles cross under the ridge as opposed to Shirakawago's (白川郷) single pole. Notice the structure is lashed together with straw rope, vines, and small young trees twisted and beaten into lash.Cedar Bark Used as Siding
五箇山 茅葺屋根 Japanese Thatch Roofing
November 21-22 attended a thatching workshop in Gokayama (五箇山), Toyama Prefecture sponsored by the Japan Thatch Roof Culture Association directed by Professor Kunihiro Ando of Tsukuba University. Gokayama is famous for it’s thatch roofs, and as a result, is a world cultural heritage Center.