• Kyodo


Thatched roofs of cypress bark are the trademark of temples here, but as the number of cypress trees available for bark scraping dwindles, keeping them up has become a challenge.

According to the forest administration bureau overseeing the Kinki and Chugoku regions, the problem is not specific to the area but is shared by thatched-roof structures nationwide.

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