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Side view of Wada-ke House
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Path to Wada House entrance
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Main house on left and latrine on right with large vats to gather fertilizer.
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Main house with a recently rethatched roof, making it look very smooth.
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Wada House, Shirakawa-go
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Gable openings let light and air come through the attic to foster silkworms.
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A small stream beside the house helps to melt the snow falling off the roof.
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Underside of roof made of an A-frame truss structure
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The bottom ends of these beams are pegged into a point (komajiri) resting on another cross beam. Wada House, Shirakawa-go
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Where silkworms were raised to make silk cocoons.
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Slats on the attic floor to enable smoke and soot from the hearth to reach the attic.
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Straw rope tie the large beams to form a truss for the roof.
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Another rope made of a crushed tree branch to tie smaller beams. It tightens as it dries.
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Implements to raise silkworms.
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Foundation and pillars rest on stones. The beam is shaped to fit the stone.
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Two foundation beams interlock.
   
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