Hidden between the mountains of Toyama lies a rare gem: the traditional town of Ainokura. Together with Suganuma and Ogimachi, in Ainokura the time flows with a pace completely different from the giant japanese cities. Everything seems to be remained unchanged from the past: the most distinctive aspect of this town are the farmhouses, made completely in wood and built using just the technique of joint; no nails are used and the timber joints are strengthened by thick ropes. The roofs are steep and made of straw, to cope against the winter’s heavy snowfalls and to keep a constant temperature inside the house. This is the only region in which the Gassho-style houses can be found: for this reason these three villages have been registered by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage. When the forest discloses the view on the small valley of Ainokura, the farmhouses are a real beauty to see and are perfectly integrated in the surrounding nature, in harmony.

This shot is an hdr blend of three exposures, executed with the “mighty” Pentax 50mm f/1.2 and the Kenko Zéta EX Circular Polarizer.

EXIF: Pentax K-5 + smc A 50mm f/1.2 – 50mm – 1/25s – f/11 – ISO80

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