Not all of Shirakawago’s thatch-roof buildings are for the locals to live in (and rent out to tourists). This one, much smaller than the rest, appeared to be a storage shed and/or workshop.
It’s photos like this one that ultimately pushed me into purchasing a DSLR (less than a year later) and shooting primarily in RAW mode. The sky was not white. It was bright, but if I could go back in a time machine and shoot this with my D750 now it would look so much better.