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Gasho of Japan

The Japanese Government has designated the Gasho type buildings as National Treasures. This unique Japanese multiple family farmhouse is typical of those found hundreds of years ago in certain regions of Japan. During the civil wars that ravages the land during the 12th century, the Heike Clan was defeated by the Genji Clan. Survivors of the Heike Clan isolated themselves in the mountainous region of Hida, where they developed this type of farmhouse. The original Gasho farmhouse was dismantled in the remote mountain village of Hida and brought to America in the early 1970’s. Here, it has been reconstructed as it was hundreds of years ago. The original farmhouses were assembled without the use of a single nail. The word “Gasho” freely translated, means praying hands. The dominant and soaring roof seems to be in the form of hands engaged in prayer, expressing the prayerful thanks of the Heike Clan. These photos clearly demonstrates the techniques and tools used by the Japanese artisans in the construction of the new GASHO of Japan restaurant in Central Valley, New York.

Place Categories: Food and Dining and RestaurantsPlace Tags: Japanese

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