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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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Glacier parks

Tsunami Japan / USA / Poland - 23-Jun-20

Glacier parks

Lockdown may be over, but self-isolation continues. At this time what can be more relaxing than reminiscing about one of my favorite trips of all time? (Please note: Info contained here is 14 years old.) 

Upset that I was not invited to Bill Gates' 50th birthday party thrown by Paul Allen (the other founder of Microsoft) aboard his luxury yacht cruising the Glacier Bay National Park in 2005, I set out to visit the park in June 2006 by myself.  It was the only year after 2000 when I did not come to Europe and decided to finish off the continental USA. I was living in Los Angeles at that time. 

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Rostov Kremlin (T)

Tsunami Japan / USA / Poland - 21-Apr-20

Rostov Kremlin (T)

Site visited in April 2019. 

Upon a discerning suggestion by a member of this site, I decided to stop at this TWHS on my way from Moscow to Yaroslavl by train. 

The first thing I'd like to mention on this trip was the imposing facade of the Yaroslavl Train Station in Moscow, from which my train left. On the way I skipped Sergiyev Posad WHS, as I had visited it before, but I stepped out of my train at the train station of this city to pay proper respect to my Japanese grandmother who is buried somewhere unbeknownst to me in this city. 

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Saint-Savin sur Gartempe

Tsunami Japan / USA / Poland - 22-Mar-20

Saint-Savin sur Gartempe

In early February 2020 I took a bus from Poitier to Saint-Savin in the evening and came back in the early afternoon on the following day to Poitier. This bus continued all the way to Châteauroux. The time table was found under train (not bus) here.

The bus arrived in Sanit-Savin at 19:30 and dropped me off right in front of the possibly best restaurant in this village that closed at 20:00, so I rushed to my airbnb accommodation and came back before 20:00. I think this is the kind of restaurants that still exist in French countryside that serve great food at moderate price. 

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Great Spas of Europe (France) (T)

Tsunami Japan / USA / Poland - 16-Feb-20

Great Spas of Europe (France) (T)

As a Japanese who grew up taking a hot bath every evening (like everybody else does in Japan even today), I have a predilection for spas, although, living in Europe, I hardly get to soak in "hot" water. 

11 spa towns from 7 countries in Europe are joining forces to become one WHS, and Vichy is solely representing France.  I was staying for 2 nights in Clermont-Ferrand in February 2020, and one afternoon I took a train for 30 min. to visit Vichy. 

I first walked to the Hall des Sources in the Parc des Sources for "tasting" of the spa waters.  The hall is not attended, but you can taste several different kinds of water as much as you want for free, and the most locals bring their own bottles. The water called "Celectine," with the least taste, had the best taste. 

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Les Plages du Débarquement, Normandie, 1944 (T)

Tsunami Japan / USA / Poland - 16-Feb-20

Les Plages du Débarquement, Normandie, 1944 (T)

My first visit to Bayeux (and to the city of Battle in East Essex in England) several years ago had to do with the Battle of Hastings, often regarded by historians to be the single most influencial battle in human history, which started from here in 1066.

This visit to Bayeux and to the Omaha Beach nearby in February 2020 had to do with the Battle of Normandy in 1944.

I took Bus Line 70 from the Bayeux train station to St. Laurent-sur-Mer and walked to the Omaha Beach and to the Normandy American Cemetery. 

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Name
Tsunami
Country
Japan / USA / Poland
Most Impressive
Glacier Bay, Mt. Athos, Masada
Proposal
Bryce Canyon NP, Utah, USA; Coso Rock Art District, California, USA; University of California, Berkeley, USA; Jingu in Ise, Japan

Recently Visited WHS

Update 24.06.20
  1. Alpine and pre-alpine meadow and marsh landscapes (T)
  2. Amalienborg and its district (T)
  3. Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians - extension (Czechia) (T)
  4. Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians - extension (France) (T)
  5. Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians - extension (Poland) (T)
  6. Ancient Greek Theatres (T)
  7. Astronomical Observatories of Ukraine (T)
  8. Asuka-Fujiwara : Archaeological sites of Japan's Ancient Capitals and Related Properties (T)
  9. Bagçesaray Palace of the Crimean Khans (T)
  10. Balaton Uplands Cultural Landscape (T)
  11. Brooklyn Bridge (T)
  12. California Current Conservation Complex (T)
  13. Cathédrale de Saint-Denis (T)
  14. Caves of the Buda Thermal Karst System (T)
  15. Central Park (T)
  16. Centre ancien de Sarlat (T)
  17. Centre historique de la ville de Gorokhovets (T)
  18. Ceský ráj (Czech Paradise) Rock Cities (T)
  19. Cetinje Historic Core (T)
  20. Cité de Carcassonne et ses châteaux sentinelles de montagne (T)
  21. Citté-fortezza di Palmanova (T)
  22. Classical Karst (in Slovene language: Klasicni kras) (T)
  23. Cultural Landscape of Canyon in Kamenets-Podilsk (T)
  24. Cultural Landscape of Innsbruck-Nordkette/Karwendel (T)
  25. Darmstadt Artists' Colony Mathildenhöhe (T)
  26. Diocletian's Palace and the Historical Nucleus of Split (extension) (T)
  27. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria (T)
  28. Early Chicago Skyscrapers (T)
  29. Early Medieval Monastic Sites (T)
  30. Ellis Island (T)
  31. Extension of the World Heritage Site "Historic Centre of Prague" (T)
  32. Fishpond Network in the Trebon Basin (T)
  33. Francke Foundation Buildings (T)
  34. Frontiers of the Roman Empire - Lower German Limes (T)
  35. Frontiers of the Roman Empire - The Danube Limes in Bulgaria (T)
  36. Frontiers of the Roman Empire (Austria) (T)
  37. Frontiers of the Roman Empire (extension) (T)
  38. Frontiers of the Roman Empire (Germany) (T)
  39. Frontiers of the Roman Empire (WHS FRE) (T)
  40. Fuzina Hills in Bohinj (T)
  41. Gdansk - Town of Memory and Freedom (T)
  42. Great Spas of Europe (Austria) (T)
  43. Great Spas of Europe (Czechia) (T)
  44. Great Spas of Europe (France) (T)
  45. Great Spas of Europe (Germany) (T)
  46. Great Spas of Europe (Italy) (T)
  47. Great Spas of Europe (UK) (T)
  48. Großglockner High Alpine Road / Großglockner Hochalpenstraße (T)
  49. Heiligenkreuz Abbey (T)
  50. Hikone-Jo (castle) (T)
  51. Hiraizumi (extension) (T)
  52. Historic Center of the Port City of Odessa (T)
  53. Historic Centre of Tchernigov, 9th -13th centuries (T)
  54. Jerusalem (T)
  55. Jômon Archaeological Sites in Hokkaidô, Northern Tôhoku, and other regions (T)
  56. Kaunas 1919-1939: The Capital Inspired by the Modern Movement (T)
  57. Kyiv: St. Cyril's and St. Andrew's Churches (T)
  58. L'ensemble monumental de Tirgu Jiu (T)
  59. La Camargue (T)
  60. Le champ de bataille de Waterloo, la fin de l’épopée napoléonienne (T)
  61. Le Chateau-fort médieval d'Esztergom (T)
  62. Le massif forestier de Fontainebleau (T)
  63. Le noyau historique médiéval ou la "Cuve" de Gand (T)
  64. Le Palais de Justice de Bruxelles (T)
  65. Le Panorama de la Bataille de Waterloo (T)
  66. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (France) (T)
  67. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (Italy) (T)
  68. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (Monaco) (T)
  69. Les grandes villes d'eaux d'Europe (T)
  70. Les Plages du Débarquement, Normandie, 1944 (T)
  71. Luther memorials in Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony, Bavaria and Thuringia (T)
  72. Massif du Mont Blanc (T)
  73. Massif du Mont-Blanc (T)
  74. Minoan Palatial Centres (Knossos, Phaistos, Malia, Zakros, Kydonia) (T)
  75. Moravian Church Settlements (T)
  76. Mountain-top Hotel and Television Transmitter Ještěd (T)
  77. National Park "Hohe Tauern" (T)
  78. Natural and Cultural Landscape of Danube Region (T)
  79. Natural Reserves of Tatras Mountain (T)
  80. Nice, la ville neuve née du tourisme, ou l’invention de la Riviera (T)
  81. Nîmes, l'Antiquité au présent (T)
  82. Noyau historique d'Antwerpen -Anvers- de l'Escaut aux anciens remparts de vers 1250 (T)
  83. Old Synagogue and Mikveh in Erfurt (T)
  84. Orheiul Vechi Archaeological Landscape (T)
  85. Padova Urbs Picta. Giotto, the Scrovegni Chapel and the 14th century painting cycles (T)
  86. Parco Nazionale della Sila - Sila, gran bosco d'Italia (T)
  87. Rade de Marseille (T)
  88. Residence Ensemble Schwerin - Cultural Landscape of Romantic Historicism (T)
  89. Romanesque Cathedrals in Puglia (T)
  90. Rostov Kremlin (T)
  91. Rouen : ensemble urbain à pans de bois, cathédrale, église Saint-Ouen, église Saint Maclou (T)
  92. Royal Seats in Esztergom, Visegrád with the former Royal Wood in the Pilis Mountain (T)
  93. Saimaa-Pielinen Lake System (T)
  94. Salento and the "Barocco Leccese" (T)
  95. Sarajevo - unique symbol of universal multiculture - continual open city (T)
  96. Sea of Galilee & its Ancient Sites (T)
  97. ShUM cities of Speyer, Worms and Mainz (T)
  98. Sites of Great Moravia (T)
  99. Slate Industry of North Wales (T)
  100. Taormina and Isola Bella (T)
  101. Temples, Shrines and other structures of Ancient Kamakura (T)
  102. The Ancient Plovdiv (T)
  103. The Augustow Canal (Kanal Augustowski) (T)
  104. The broader region of Mount Olympus (T)
  105. The Burren (T)
  106. The city of Bergamo (T)
  107. The concept of the lenticular historical town core of Kosice City (T)
  108. The cultural landscape of the Benedictine settlements in medieval Italy (T)
  109. The Dunejec River Gorge in the Pieniny Mountains (T)
  110. The Galilee Journeys of Jesus & the Apostles (T)
  111. The Historic Centre of Sibiu and its Ensemble of Squares (T)
  112. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  113. The historical surroundings of Crimean Khans' capital in Bakhchysarai (T)
  114. The Holy place of worship of Ukonsaari by the Sami people at Inari (T)
  115. The Industrial Complexes at Ostrava (T)
  116. The Jewish Cemetery of Altona Königstrasse (T)
  117. The Laponian Area - Tysfjord, the fjord of Hellemobotn and Rago (T)
  118. The Lofoten islands (T)
  119. The Murge of Altamura (T)
  120. The natural and architectural ensemble of Jajce (T)
  121. The Porticoes of Bologna (T)
  122. The Roussensky Lom National Park (T)
  123. The royal necropolis of the Thracian city of Seuthopolis (extension) (T)
  124. The Spa at Luhacovice (T)
  125. The Tara National Park with the Drina River Canyon (T)
  126. The timeless, humanistic architecture of Jože Plečnik (T)
  127. The West Bohemian Spa Triangle (T)
  128. Thomas Jefferson Buildings (T)
  129. Tokaj Wine Region (T)
  130. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
  131. Via Francigena in Italy (T)
  132. Viking Age Ring Fortresses (T)
  133. VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / Vestfold Ship Burials and Hyllestad Quernstone Quarries (T)
  134. Waters and seabed of Fiordland (Te Moana O Atawhenua) (T)
  135. Western Stone Forts (T)
  136. White Sands National Monument (T)
  137. Zadar - Episcopal complex (T)
  138. Zagorochoria - North Pindos National Park (T)
  139. Žatec – the Hops Town (T)

Top 50 Missing Sites

  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