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Upside-Down Gassho Reflections at Gokayama World Heritage Site

Toyama, May 20 (News On Japan) - An illimination event this weekend at the Ainokura Gassho-zukuri Village in Toyama Prefecture, a World Cultural Heritage site, reflects upside down Gassho-style houses, creating a "Sakasa Gassho" effect.

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