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Our mission is to preserve old houses for future generations.
Uonuma experiences some of the heaviest snowfall in the world. Despite its low latitude of 37 degrees, the area receives more than three meters of snow in winter. Looking at a world map, Uonuma lies at the same latitude as warmer cities like San Francisco, Athens, and Lisbon but, the reason it is so snowy is a combination of the Siberian High, a high pressure system that moves into the area in winter, the Sea of Japan, and the surrounding mountains with altitudes of around 2,000 meters. This abundant snowfall coupled with a climate that is not too cold have nurtured a unique local culture in many ways. One example of this are the old houses supported by thick, sturdy pillars and beams. These zelkova pillars and beams, which are more than 30 centimeters thick, are no longer available. To top it off, traditional carpentry is on the verge of disappearing. Unfortunately, many of these old houses have been torn down, so only a few remain. Satoyama Jujo launched a project called The House to preserve old houses just like these.ABOUT “THE HOUSE”