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

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Ceský ráj (Czech Paradise) Rock Cities (T) Tsunami

Ceský ráj (Czech Paradise) Rock Cities (T) by Tsunami

Central Europe seems to offer nice autumn color viewings, and I thought I'd take an advantage of that and go to visit Cesky Raj (Czech Paradise) in Czechia in early November.

Cesky Raj is actually a very large area with varied natural beauties, but the nomination has to do with the several Rock Cities within the area.

My quick research before the trip revealed that out of the 10 proposed Rock Cities for inclusion, 2 are the main ones: Hruba Skala and Prachovské Skály, and the former is mainly for rock climbers and the latter is for tourists.

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Luther Memorials Tsunami

Luther Memorials by Tsunami

By total accident I paid my second visit to Wittenberg, Germany, on October 31, 2017, the day of the 500th anniversary of Reformation.

The navigation through the packed streets were very difficult, but I at least visited the 4 properties again so far included in the Wittenberg portion of this WHS. The extension has been proposed for this site.

The photo is the Castle Church, to a door of which Luther nailed his 95 theses.

On this day the people seemed most interested in seeing President Steinmeier and Chancellor Merkel, lining up behind the police fences for hours and hours.

This anniversary had more like a party atmosphere than a solemn one. I guess after all this was the 500th birthday party for the Protestant Church.

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Stevns Klint Tsunami

Stevns Klint by Tsunami

The day before I explored Stevns Klint I arrived in Hojerup after taking 4 trains and 5 buses from Schleswig TWHS in Germany, stopping in Christiansfeld WHS on the way, all connections of which were researched well in advance.

But when I arrived at my B&B about 7 pm, exhausted, I was shocked to hear from the owner that there was absolutely no restaurant or even store in Hojerup that were open at that time. The nearest would be 4 km away. Having no car, I did not have the option to somehow try to get to the nearest town, as there were also no buses after 7 pm. So, I asked the owner if I could have a half of the breakfast for dinner and the other half for breakfast, which he duly complied. The inclusion of a whole loaf of bread in the breakfast helped.

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VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / Danevirke and Hedeby (T) Tsunami

VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / Danevirke and Hedeby (T) by Tsunami

Some man involved in nominating this site for Germany came over to speak in my class during Winter Semester 2015-16 when I was still enrolled in the master's degree program "World Heritage Studies" in Germany and said that they had given up nominating this site as a transnational serial site with 4 other state parties and had decided to go alone at it; thus another nomination called "Hedeby and Danevirke, an archaeological border landscape."

I took a Flix bus from Hamburg, which dropped me off at some gas station in Schleswig about 3 km away from the outdoor museum area. But luckily within a few minutes I found an elderly woman who lives in Busdorf near the museum and who gave me a ride to the museum area.

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Bagçesaray Palace of the Crimean Khans (T) Tsunami

Bagçesaray Palace of the Crimean Khans (T) by Tsunami

I took a bus from the Bakhchysarai train station to the Kahn's Palace.

The whole setting reminded me of the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, although the palace design is somewhat different and is smaller.

A main difference is that there was a statue of Russian poet Pushkin who had visited this palace.

In the same surroundings there is a cliff monastery and Chufut-Kale, which is also part of this nomination. Chufut-Kale is basically a cave city, and I'm not sure how this cave city is related to another TWHS in Crimea called "Cultural Landscape of 'Cave Towns' of the Crimean Gothia."

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Name: Tsunami

Country: Japan / USA / Poland

Visited WHS: 385

Most Impressive: Glacier Bay, Mt. Athos, Masada

Proposal New WHS: Bryce Canyon NP in the USA; Coso Rock Art District in the USA; Jingu in Ise, Japan

Recently Visited WHS

Update 14.10.17


  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. Grimeton Radio Station
  33. Kernavë Archeological Site
  34. Kii Mountain Range
  35. Vegaøyan
  36. Liverpool
  37. Regensburg
  38. Etruscan Necropolises
  39. Centennial Hall
  40. Swiss Tectonic Arena Sardona
  41. Le Havre
  42. Gulf of California
  43. Plantin-Moretus Museum
  44. Struve Geodetic Arc
  45. Shiretoko
  46. West Norwegian Fjords
  47. Nesvizh
  48. Syracuse
  49. Genoa
  50. Bahá’i Holy Places
  51. Dolomites
  52. Berlin Modernism Housing Estates
  53. Stari Grad Plain
  54. Lavaux, Vineyard Terraces
  55. Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine
  56. Kotor
  57. Central University City Campus of the UNAM
  58. Gamzigrad-Romuliana
  59. Bordeaux
  60. Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge
  61. Wooden Churches of the Slovak Carpathians
  62. Rhaetian Railway
  63. Hiraizumi
  64. Decorated Farmhouses of Hälsingland
  65. Fortifications of Vauban
  66. Mantua and Sabbioneta
  67. Stoclet House
  68. La Chaux-de-Fonds / Le Locle
  69. Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal
  70. Wadden Sea
  71. Longobards in Italy
  72. The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier
  73. Residence of Bukovinian and Dalmatian Metropolitans
  74. Redwood
  75. Mining Sites of Wallonia
  76. Amsterdam Canal Ring
  77. Camino Real
  78. Nord-Pas de Calais Mining Basin
  79. Prehistoric Pile Dwellings
  80. Fagus Factory
  81. University of Coimbra
  82. Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont
  83. Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe
  84. Stevns Klint
  85. Fujisan
  86. Wooden Tserkvas of the Carpathian Region
  87. Burgundy
  88. Mount Etna
  89. Bethlehem
  90. Poverty Point
  91. Corvey
  92. Tomioka Silk Mill
  93. Champagne
  94. Speicherstadt and Kontorhaus District
  95. Christiansfeld
  96. Par force hunting landscape
  97. Old City of Jerusalem
  98. Sites of Japan's Meiji Industrial Revolution
  99. Forth Bridge
  100. Rjukan / Notodden
  101. Arab-Norman Palermo
  102. Mammoth Cave
  103. Olympic National Park
  104. Venetian Works of Defence
  105. Tarnowskie Góry Lead-Silver Mine
  106. Great Barrier Reef
  107. Hebron/Al-Khalil Old Town
  108. Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
  109. Fontainebleau
  110. Amiens Cathedral
  111. Orange
  112. Arles
  113. Sydney Opera House
  114. Speyer Cathedral
  115. Würzburg Residence
  116. Florence
  117. Medici Villas and Gardens
  118. Hildesheim Cathedral and Church
  119. Cahokia Mounds
  120. Rila Monastery
  121. Nessebar
  122. Srebarna Nature Reserve
  123. Pirin National Park
  124. Avignon
  125. Nancy
  126. Great Smoky Mountains
  127. Belem
  128. Old City of Berne
  129. Abbey of St Gall
  130. Benedictine Convent of St. John
  131. Mesa Verde
  132. Pilgrimage Church of Wies
  133. Lübeck
  134. Yellowstone
  135. Vatican City
  136. Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust
  137. Cracow
  138. Cologne Cathedral
  139. Aachen Cathedral
  140. Warsaw
  141. Québec
  142. Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
  143. Statue of Liberty
  144. Yosemite National Park
  145. Auschwitz Birkenau
  146. Altamira Cave
  147. Segovia
  148. Cordoba
  149. Granada
  150. El Escurial
  151. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  152. Works of Antoni Gaudí
  153. Belovezhskaya Pushcha / Bialowieza Forest
  154. Pont du Gard
  155. Fortified City of Carcassonne
  156. Santiago de Compostela
  157. Avila
  158. Rock Art of Alta
  159. Chaco Culture
  160. Waterton Glacier International Peace Park
  161. Istanbul
  162. Göreme NP
  163. Thracian tomb of Sveshtari
  164. Evora
  165. Trier
  166. Giant's Causeway
  167. Durham Castle and Cathedral
  168. Ironbridge Gorge
  169. Studley Royal Park
  170. Stonehenge
  171. Gwynedd Castles
  172. Mudejar Architecture of Aragon
  173. Toledo
  174. Salamanca
  175. Seville
  176. Skocjan Caves
  177. Archaeological Site of Delphi
  178. Venice and its Lagoon
  179. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  180. Budapest
  181. Hollókö
  182. Acropolis
  183. Hawaii Volcanoes
  184. Mexico City and Xochimilco
  185. Teotihuacan
  186. Ibiza
  187. Boyana Church
  188. Tongariro National Park
  189. Lake District
  190. Blenheim Palace
  191. Westminster
  192. City of Bath
  193. New Lanark
  194. Madara Rider
  195. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  196. Thracian tomb of Kazanlak
  197. Monticello
  198. Rock-hewn Churches of Ivanovo
  199. Mount Athos
  200. Meteora
  201. Thessalonika
  202. Hortobágy
  203. Wet Tropics of Queensland
  204. Tower of London
  205. Epidaurus
  206. Taos Pueblo
  207. Rhodes
  208. Strasbourg
  209. Canterbury
  210. Mystras
  211. Abbey and Altenmünster of Lorsch
  212. Olympia
  213. Santo Domingo
  214. Kiev
  215. Delos
  216. Potsdam
  217. Garden Kingdom of Dessau-Wörlitz
  218. Quedlinburg
  219. St. Petersburg
  220. Vilnius
  221. Kremlin and Red Square
  222. Maulbronn Monastery
  223. Royal Palace at Caserta
  224. Røros
  225. San Gimignano
  226. Te Wahipounamu
  227. Birka and Hovgarden
  228. Engelsberg Ironworks
  229. Rock Carvings in Tanum
  230. Skogskyrkogarden
  231. Drottningholm
  232. Zamosc
  233. Berat and Gjirokastra
  234. Butrint
  235. Urnes Stave Church
  236. Old Rauma
  237. Fortress of Suomenlinna
  238. Petäjävesi Old Church
  239. Danube Delta
  240. Bryggen
  241. Villages with Fortified Churches
  242. Monastery of Horezu
  243. Churches of Moldavia
  244. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  245. Reims
  246. Novgorod
  247. Prague
  248. Cesky Krumlov
  249. Banska Stiavnica
  250. Spissky Hrad and Levoca
  251. Telc
  252. Vlkolinec
  253. Rammelsberg and Goslar
  254. Bamberg
  255. Mir Castle
  256. White Monuments of Vladimir and Suzdal
  257. Church of the Ascension, Kolomenskoye
  258. Tikal National Park
  259. Trinity Sergius Lavra
  260. Brú na Bóinne
  261. Horyu-ji Area
  262. Himeji-jo
  263. Shirakami-Sanchi
  264. Route of Santiago de Compostela
  265. Matera
  266. Völklingen Ironworks
  267. Ancient Kyoto
  268. Pilgrimage Church of St. John of Nepomuk
  269. Roskilde Cathedral
  270. Kronborg Castle
  271. Jelling
  272. City of Luxembourg
  273. Vicenza
  274. Siena
  275. Glacier parks
  276. Messel Pit
  277. Carlsbad Caverns
  278. Sintra
  279. Medieval Monuments in Kosovo
  280. Aggtelek and Slovak Karst
  281. Naples
  282. Edinburgh
  283. Bauhaus Sites
  284. Crespi d'Adda
  285. Visby
  286. Kutna Hora
  287. Ferrara
  288. Shirakawa-go and Gokayama
  289. Grand Canyon
  290. Oporto
  291. Pannonhalma
  292. Defence Line of Amsterdam
  293. Everglades
  294. Gammelstad
  295. Lednice-Valtice Cultural Landscape
  296. Canal du Midi
  297. Fertö/Neusiedlersee
  298. Laponian Area
  299. Genbaku Dome
  300. Itsukushima Shrine
  301. Independence Hall
  302. Archaeological Site of Aigai
  303. La Lonja de la Seda
  304. Luther Memorials
  305. Salzburg
  306. Semmering Railway
  307. Schönbrunn
  308. The trulli of Alberobello
  309. Ravenna
  310. Pienza
  311. Maritime Greenwich
  312. Verona
  313. Mont-Saint-Michel
  314. Palau de la Musica Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau
  315. Hallstatt-Dachstein
  316. Chartres Cathedral
  317. Trogir
  318. Kinderdijk
  319. Tallinn
  320. Residences of the Royal House of Savoy
  321. Botanical Garden, Padua
  322. Portovenere, Cinque Terre, and the Islands
  323. Modena
  324. Urbino
  325. Pompei
  326. Versailles
  327. Costiera Amalfitana
  328. Agrigento
  329. Villa Romana del Casale
  330. Torun
  331. Cilento and Vallo di Diano
  332. Classical Weimar
  333. Malbork Castle
  334. Troy
  335. Vézère Valley
  336. Riga
  337. Early Christian Necropolis of Pécs
  338. Flemish Béguinages
  339. The Four Lifts
  340. Grand Place, Brussels
  341. Holy Trinity Column
  342. Gardens and Castle at Kromeríz
  343. Holasovice
  344. L'viv
  345. Routes of Santiago de Compostela in France
  346. Ancient Nara
  347. Karlskrona
  348. Lyon
  349. Provins
  350. Bellinzone
  351. Museumsinsel (Museum Island)
  352. Wartburg Castle
  353. High Coast / Kvarken Archipelago
  354. Litomysl Castle
  355. Sighisoara
  356. Wooden Churches of Maramures
  357. Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
  358. Dacian Fortresses
  359. Villa Adriana (Tivoli)
  360. Isole Eolie
  361. Rome
  362. Nikko
  363. Greater Blue Mountains
  364. Santa Maria delle Grazie
  365. Graz
  366. Saint-Emilion
  367. Loire Valley
  368. Rock Drawings in Valcamonica
  369. Mycenae and Tiryns
  370. Belfries
  371. Mostar
  372. Dubrovnik
  373. Cathedral of St. James in Sibenik
  374. Southern Öland
  375. Split
  376. Wachau Cultural Landscape
  377. Bardejov Town
  378. Reichenau
  379. Zollverein
  380. Corfu
  381. Plitvice Lakes
  382. Ohrid Region
  383. Assisi
  384. Curonian Spit
  385. 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