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Here’s another UNESCO postcard from Ai in Japan. This one shows Shirakawago, a traditional Japanese village.

UNESCO shirakawago2

I love how Ai has coordinated the stamps so well with the cards. The stamp on this one shows a close view of one of the traditional houses, and there is a nice picture postmark to boot.

JAPAN trad house

The style of the houses is called ‘gassho-zukuri’ and the many-storied houses were traditionally used for many purposes in addition to living quarters. The upper floors were used for sericulture, farming silkworms to make silk fabric. I find these houses beautifully simple.