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I was born in Japan, lived most of my life in Los Angeles, CA, but am currently living in Germany.

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Tarnowskie Góry Lead-Silver Mine Tsunami

Tarnowskie Góry Lead-Silver Mine by Tsunami

I visited the Historic Silver Mine and the Black Trout Adit in August 2017.

There is a private train line between Katovice and Tarnowskie Gory, which is much cheaper than the Polish National Rail.

At 9:30 I took a bus from the bus station by the TG train station, which dropped me off right in front of the Historic Silver Mine Visitor Center / museum. It opened at 10:00 and my tour started at about 10:30.

I was told that the English tour is only at 12:00 and was given a few pages of the site description in English. But soon after the tour started, I gave up on reading it up because it was difficult to read it in the darkness of the mine.

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Longobards in Italy Tsunami

Longobards in Italy by Tsunami

After visiting San Salvatore-Santa Giulia in Bresia in 2012, I never paid any more attention to Longobards in Italy.

In July 2017 I went to Spoleto to see two productions at the Spoleto Festival, perhaps the most important annual performing arts festival in Italy, and stayed there overnight.

I was pretty impressed with the town of Spoleto itself, complete with a Roman amphitheater, a cathedral, a fortress and even an aqueduct behind the fortress that "almost" looks like Pont du Gard.

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Fujisan Tsunami

Fujisan by Tsunami

Having been born in Japan and visited Japan numerous times even after moving to the US, I just counted 6 as the number of times I have made trips centered around Fujisan. This is on top of the fact that Fujisan can be seen on clear days from my condo in Yokohama.

By making the trips I have visited only 5 out of 25 components of this serial property: Miho no Matsubara, which I visited when I was a pre-teen, Fujisan Mountain Area, where I made the ascent to the top in 1984, Kawaguchi-Ko in 2011, Yamanaka-Ko and an Oshi Lodging House, which I visited on the day of the Fujiyoshida Fire Festival at Kitaguchi Hongu Fuji Sengen Jinja, only a few months after the inscription in 2013.

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Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun, Ancient Tumulus Clusters (T) Tsunami

Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun, Ancient Tumulus Clusters (T) by Tsunami

In 2014 I visited the centerpiece of this nomination, the Daisen Kofun, which is considered to be the grave of Emperor Nintoku and is the single largest grave in the world by area.

It is so large that the best way to view it is perhaps to take off or land at the Kansai (Osaka) International Airport.

The photo shows the Shinto Torii Gate in the middle, behind which lie the triple moats that surround the all important keyhole-shaped grave.

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Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo Tsunami

Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo by Tsunami

Staying overnight in Ivanovo, I walked about 5 km to the site. I was not able to hitch a car because most people driving towards the site were tourists and not locals.

Out of the 5 monuments, only Holy Virgin's Rock Church, which is supposedly part of Archangel Michael's cloister, is open to tourists.

From the parking lot there are two ways to get to the church: one goes directly up the stairs and the other meanders leisurely.

There seem to be many religious remains on rock cliffs around Bulgaria, and the sole reason this one has its OUV confirmed is because of the quality of the frescoes, I understand.

But still all we see is just one little cave church. It would be so much nicer if we could visit all 5 monuments in the site.

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Name: Tsunami

Country: Japan / USA / Germany

Visited WHS: 382

Most Impressive: Glacier Bay, Mt. Athos, Masada

Proposal New WHS: The Zagori region in Greece,; Kamyanets-Podilsky in Ukraine; Bryce Canyon NP in the USA; Coso Rock Art District in the USA; Jingu in Ise, Japan

Recently Visited WHS

Update 16.08.17

Lists

  1. Durmitor National Park
  2. Major Town Houses
  3. Neolithic Flint Mines at Spiennes
  4. Notre-Dame Cathedral in Tournai
  5. Val di Noto
  6. Villa d'Este
  7. Val d'Orcia
  8. Falun Great Copper Mountain
  9. Saltaire
  10. Derwent Valley Mills
  11. Vienna
  12. Swiss Alps Jungfrau-Aletsch
  13. Masada
  14. Old City of Acre
  15. Tugendhat Villa
  16. Wooden Churches of Southern Malopolska
  17. Churches of Peace
  18. Tokaji Wine Region
  19. Upper Middle Rhine Valley
  20. Stralsund and Wismar
  21. Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy
  22. Trebic
  23. Kew Gardens
  24. Town Hall and Roland, Bremen
  25. Monte San Giorgio
  26. White City of Tel-Aviv
  27. Novodevichy Convent
  28. Incense Route of the Negev
  29. Biblical Tells
  30. Muskauer Park
  31. Primeval Beech Forests
  32. Kernavë Archeological Site
  33. Kii Mountain Range
  34. Vegaøyan
  35. Liverpool
  36. Regensburg
  37. Etruscan Necropolises
  38. Centennial Hall
  39. Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona
  40. Le Havre
  41. Gulf of California
  42. Plantin-Moretus Museum
  43. Struve Geodetic Arc
  44. Shiretoko
  45. West Norwegian Fjords
  46. Nesvizh
  47. Syracuse
  48. Genoa
  49. Bahá’i Holy Places
  50. Dolomites
  51. Berlin Modernism Housing Estates
  52. Stari Grad Plain
  53. Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces
  54. Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine
  55. Kotor
  56. Central University City Campus of the UNAM
  57. Gamzigrad-Romuliana
  58. Bordeaux
  59. Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge
  60. Wooden Churches of the Slovak Carpathians
  61. Rhaetian Railway
  62. Hiraizumi
  63. Decorated Farmhouses of Hälsingland
  64. Fortifications of Vauban
  65. Mantua and Sabbioneta
  66. Stoclet House
  67. La Chaux-de-Fonds / Le Locle
  68. Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal
  69. Wadden Sea
  70. Longobards in Italy
  71. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier
  72. Residence of Bukovinian and Dalmatian Metropolitans
  73. Redwood
  74. Mining Sites of Wallonia
  75. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  76. Camino Real
  77. Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin
  78. Prehistoric Pile Dwellings
  79. Fagus Factory
  80. University of Coimbra
  81. Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont
  82. Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe
  83. Fujisan
  84. Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region
  85. Burgundy
  86. Mount Etna
  87. Bethlehem
  88. Poverty Point
  89. Corvey
  90. Tomioka Silk Mill
  91. Champagne
  92. Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District
  93. Par force hunting landscape
  94. Old City of Jerusalem
  95. Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution
  96. Forth Bridge
  97. Rjukan / Notodden
  98. Arab-Norman Palermo
  99. Mammoth Cave
  100. Olympic National Park
  101. Venetian Works of Defence
  102. Tarnowskie Góry Lead-Silver Mine
  103. Great Barrier Reef
  104. Hebron/Al-Khalil Old Town
  105. Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
  106. Fontainebleau
  107. Amiens Cathedral
  108. Orange
  109. Arles
  110. Sydney Opera House
  111. Speyer Cathedral
  112. Würzburg Residence
  113. Florence
  114. Medici Villas and Gardens
  115. Hildesheim Cathedral and Church
  116. Cahokia Mounds
  117. Rila Monastery
  118. Nessebar
  119. Srebarna Nature Reserve
  120. Pirin National Park
  121. Avignon
  122. Nancy
  123. Great Smoky Mountains
  124. Belem
  125. Old City of Berne
  126. Abbey of St Gall
  127. Benedictine Convent of St. John
  128. Mesa Verde
  129. Pilgrimage Church of Wies
  130. Lübeck
  131. Yellowstone
  132. Vatican City
  133. Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust
  134. Cracow
  135. Cologne Cathedral
  136. Aachen Cathedral
  137. Warsaw
  138. Québec
  139. Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
  140. Statue of Liberty
  141. Yosemite National Park
  142. Auschwitz Birkenau
  143. Altamira Cave
  144. Segovia
  145. Cordoba
  146. Granada
  147. El Escurial
  148. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  149. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  150. Belovezhskaya Pushcha / Bialowieza Forest
  151. Pont du Gard
  152. Fortified City of Carcassonne
  153. Santiago de Compostela
  154. Avila
  155. Rock Art of Alta
  156. Chaco Culture
  157. Waterton Glacier International Peace Park
  158. Istanbul
  159. Göreme NP
  160. Thracian tomb of Sveshtari
  161. Evora
  162. Trier
  163. Giant's Causeway
  164. Durham Castle and Cathedral
  165. Ironbridge Gorge
  166. Studley Royal Park
  167. Stonehenge
  168. Gwynedd Castles
  169. Mudejar Architecture of Aragon
  170. Toledo
  171. Salamanca
  172. Seville
  173. Skocjan Caves
  174. Archaeological Site of Delphi
  175. Venice and its Lagoon
  176. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  177. Budapest
  178. Hollókö
  179. Acropolis
  180. Hawaii Volcanoes
  181. Mexico City and Xochimilco
  182. Teotihuacan
  183. Ibiza
  184. Boyana Church
  185. Tongariro National Park
  186. Lake District
  187. Blenheim Palace
  188. Westminster
  189. City of Bath
  190. New Lanark
  191. Madara Rider
  192. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  193. Thracian tomb of Kazanlak
  194. Monticello
  195. Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo
  196. Mount Athos
  197. Meteora
  198. Thessalonika
  199. Hortobágy
  200. Wet Tropics of Queensland
  201. Tower of London
  202. Epidaurus
  203. Taos Pueblo
  204. Rhodes
  205. Strasbourg
  206. Canterbury
  207. Mystras
  208. Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch
  209. Olympia
  210. Santo Domingo
  211. Kiev
  212. Delos
  213. Potsdam
  214. Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz
  215. Quedlinburg
  216. St. Petersburg
  217. Vilnius
  218. Kremlin and Red Square
  219. Maulbronn Monastery
  220. Royal Palace at Caserta
  221. Røros
  222. San Gimignano
  223. Te Wahipounamu
  224. Birka and Hovgarden
  225. Engelsberg Ironworks
  226. Rock Carvings in Tanum
  227. Skogskyrkogarden
  228. Drottningholm
  229. Zamosc
  230. Berat and Gjirokastra
  231. Butrint
  232. Urnes Stave Church
  233. Old Rauma
  234. Fortress of Suomenlinna
  235. Petäjävesi Old Church
  236. Danube Delta
  237. Bryggen
  238. Villages with Fortified Churches
  239. Monastery of Horezu
  240. Churches of Moldavia
  241. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  242. Reims
  243. Novgorod
  244. Prague
  245. Cesky Krumlov
  246. Banska Stiavnica
  247. Spissky Hrad & Levoca
  248. Telc
  249. Vlkolinec
  250. Rammelsberg and Goslar
  251. Bamberg
  252. Mir Castle
  253. White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal
  254. Church of the Ascension, Kolomenskoye
  255. Tikal National Park
  256. Trinity Sergius Lavra
  257. Brú na Bóinne
  258. Horyu-ji Area
  259. Himeji-jo
  260. Shirakami-Sanchi
  261. Route of Santiago de Compostela
  262. Matera
  263. Völklingen Ironworks
  264. Ancient Kyoto
  265. Pilgrimage Church of St. John of Nepomuk
  266. Roskilde Cathedral
  267. Kronborg Castle
  268. Jelling
  269. City of Luxembourg
  270. Vicenza
  271. Siena
  272. Glacier parks
  273. Messel Pit
  274. Carlsbad Caverns
  275. Sintra
  276. Medieval Monuments in Kosovo
  277. Aggtelek and Slovak Karst
  278. Naples
  279. Edinburgh
  280. Bauhaus Sites
  281. Crespi d'Adda
  282. Visby
  283. Kutna Hora
  284. Ferrara
  285. Shirakawa-go and Gokayama
  286. Grand Canyon
  287. Oporto
  288. Pannonhalma
  289. Defence Line of Amsterdam
  290. Everglades
  291. Gammelstad
  292. Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape
  293. Canal du Midi
  294. Fertö/Neusiedlersee
  295. Laponian Area
  296. Genbaku Dome
  297. Itsukushima Shrine
  298. Independence Hall
  299. Archaeological Site of Aigai
  300. La Lonja de la Seda
  301. Luther Memorials
  302. Salzburg
  303. Semmering Railway
  304. Schönbrunn
  305. The trulli of Alberobello
  306. Ravenna
  307. Pienza
  308. Maritime Greenwich
  309. Verona
  310. Mont-Saint-Michel
  311. Palau de la Musica Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau
  312. Hallstatt-Dachstein
  313. Chartres Cathedral
  314. Trogir
  315. Kinderdijk
  316. Tallinn
  317. Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
  318. Botanical Garden, Padua
  319. Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands
  320. Modena
  321. Urbino
  322. Pompei
  323. Versailles
  324. Costiera Amalfitana
  325. Agrigento
  326. Villa Romana del Casale
  327. Torun
  328. Cilento and Vallo di Diano
  329. Classical Weimar
  330. Malbork Castle
  331. Troy
  332. Vézère Valley
  333. Riga
  334. Early Christian Necropolis of Pécs
  335. Flemish Béguinages
  336. The Four Lifts
  337. Grand Place, Brussels
  338. Holy Trinity Column
  339. Gardens and Castle at Kromeríz
  340. Holasovice
  341. L'viv
  342. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
  343. Ancient Nara
  344. Karlskrona
  345. Lyon
  346. Provins
  347. Bellinzone
  348. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  349. Wartburg Castle
  350. High Coast / Kvarken Archipelago
  351. Litomysl Castle
  352. Sighisoara
  353. Wooden Churches of Maramures
  354. Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
  355. Dacian Fortresses
  356. Villa Adriana (Tivoli)
  357. Isole Eolie
  358. Rome
  359. Nikko
  360. Greater Blue Mountains
  361. Santa Maria delle Grazie
  362. Graz
  363. Saint-Emilion
  364. Loire Valley
  365. Rock Drawings in Valcamonica
  366. Mycenae and Tiryns
  367. Belfries
  368. Mostar
  369. Dubrovnik
  370. Cathedral of St. James in Sibenik
  371. Southern Öland
  372. Split
  373. Wachau Cultural Landscape
  374. Bardejov Town
  375. Reichenau
  376. Zollverein
  377. Corfu
  378. Plitvice Lakes
  379. Ohrid Region
  380. Assisi
  381. Curonian Spit
  382. Brugge
  1. Chernobyl
  2. Mecca, Kaaba
  3. Minoan palaces of Crete
  4. Naica Cave: Cave of the Crystals
  5. Palaces of Yalta
  6. Silk Roads
  7. The Soviet Architecture of Moscow