C1642: House of the Iwases, C1643-1644: Houses of the Shirakawagou
|Issue||Traditional Japanese House Series 5|
|Date of Issue||16 February 1999 (Heisei 11)|
|Denomination||80 yen||horizontal se-tenant pair of 80 yen|
|Quantity||15,000,000 copies||15,000,000 se-tenant pairs|
|Designs||C1642: House of the Iwases||C1643-1644:Houses of the Shirakawagou|
|Image Area||33.0 x 33.0 millimeters||34.5 x 33.0 millimeters|
|Printing||Photogravure in 5 colours and Intaglio in 1 colour|
|Sheet||20 stamps (two sets of 2 x 5)|
|Photographers||Kanematsu Fumiaki||Hibi Sadao|
|Engravers||Sasaki Hirofumi||Uematsu Kouji|
C1642: The house of the Iwases is the largest and representative house in form of Gasshou-zukuri (house with a steep roof) in Gokayama area, Toyama. Its gabled roof slopes in a distinctly precipitous fashion that the snow does not lie heavily on roof. The house has a tri-level attic designed for silkworm cultivation and storage. The Gasshou-zukuri houses were made of wood without using any nails.
C1643: The houses of Gasshou-zukuri in Ogimachi, Gifu, are appointed as the site of World Heritage of UNESCO. In the area, the fifty-nine Gasshou-zukuri houses, rice-plant sheds, wooden warehouses and waterways are all appointed as the objects of preservation.