Ainokura - Gokayama

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Ainokura ‘Š‘q  

In earlier times, the gassho-zukuri villages were so isolated that even birds did not fly there, so they say. Ainokura was also a place of exile. A banishment hut used for unfortunate persons labelled as politically dangerous remains in Kaminashi. Until relatively recently the villages had little contact with outside world. This isolation helped preserve a local way of life and extended families of many generations. Indigenous styles of performing arts have also evolved and been preserved intact in this way.

When Prince Akishino visited Ainokura in 1992 he said that the village is one of the three places in the world he likes most. He told that for the first time he was in Ainokura by himself alone taking part in the summer training of geography. The prince said that now I visit with my spouse but next time I wish to visit with my children

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