You may wonder about the restaurant. Here is a story of the place.
Hida is name of a town in Japan where the Gassho-style building originated. Gassho-zukuri 合掌造り is literally translates to “clasped-hands.” Clasped hands refers to the steeply slanted roof that allows rain and snow to fall straight off it, preventing water from getting through the roof into the home.
The building that houses the restaurant is a 400-year-old Japanese farmhouse. The farmhouse was dismantled in Hida, Japan and brought piece by piece to Hawthorne, NY where it was reconstructed in the early 1970s.
In the 1970s, a Japanese restauranteur went the extra mile than most to create an authentic atmosphere for diners by importing historic “Gassho” dwellings from Japan’s rugged Hida region piece by piece. So named for the pitch of their roofs resembling praying hands (the word’s literal translation), the unique structures are national treasures in Japan, dating to a post-civil war period of the 12th century civil wars when survivors of a conquered clan first built them.