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

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Island of Patmos

Tsunami Japan / USA / Greece - 07-Jan-21

Island of Patmos

A hole in the rock wall that might shape our future

While visiting the island of Samos from the island of Chios in mid-October 2020, due to my time constraint I made only a day trip to the island of Patmos by ferry where I stayed only for 5 hours between 10:30 and 15:30. 

The ferry departs from the port of Pythagorio, a WHS city, in Samos, so it is rather easy to combine visits to these two WHSs. The ferry ride, through some other islands, was about 2 hours. 

I had to plan the time allocation carefully, especially because both the Monastery of Saint John the Theologian and the Cave of Apocalypse take an afternoon break between 13:30 and 16:00.  So I had only 3 hours between 10:30 and 13:30 to visit the two

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Daphni, Hosios Loukas and Nea Moni of Chios

Tsunami Japan / USA / Greece - 18-Dec-20

Daphni, Hosios Loukas and Nea Moni of Chios

Two Visits to Nea Moni of Chios

I stayed in Greece over 2 months in October and November 2020 in my attempt to live in corona-free zones. When I planned this back in September, Greece was indeed one of the least infected countries in Europe, although as soon as I got there, the infection rate skyrocketed.

After visiting Daphni in Athens a day after visiting Bassae, I flew to the island of Chios, the birth place of Homer, to stay there for one month. I was aware that one of the three sites that comprise this WHS was on some island in the Aegean, but after visiting Daphni I didn't pay much attention. So when I realized that Nea Moni was indeed on the island of Chios, I was surprised and said I had to go visit. 

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Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae

Tsunami Japan / USA / Greece - 17-Dec-20

Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae

When I visited Olympia back in 2004, Bassae appeared too difficult to reach, so I just simply skipped it. Now finally, when Greece still appeared to be a nice place to avoid corona back in September, I decided to go. It was my first time to visit a WHS in 7 months. 

But it was a long way from where I was. In order to enter Greece without quarantine or covid test, I, a non-EU citizen, traveled from my dacha in Ukraine first to Bulgaria (non-Schengen EU), second to Poland (Schengen EU) and then to Greece.

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Glacier parks

Tsunami Japan / USA / Greece - 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 / Greece - 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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Name
Tsunami
Country
Japan / USA / Greece
Most Impressive
Glacier Bay, Mt. Athos, Masada
Proposal
Jingu, Ise, Japan; Kyoto Imperial Palace, Kyoto, Japan; Chion-In, Kyoto, Japan; Kuon-ji, Yamanashi, Japan; Eihei-ji, Fukui, Japan; Bodai-ji, Aomori, Japan; Bryce Canyon NP, Utah, USA; Arches NP, Utah, USA; Coso Rock Art District, California, USA; Berkeley Cultural Landscape, California, USA; The Sanctuary of Fortuna Primigenia, Palestrina, Italy

Recently Visited WHS

Update 17.12.20
  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. Ancient Lavrion (T)
  8. Astronomical Observatories of Ukraine (T)
  9. Asuka-Fujiwara (T)
  10. Bagçesaray Palace of the Crimean Khans (T)
  11. Balaton Uplands Cultural Landscape (T)
  12. Brooklyn Bridge (T)
  13. California Current Conservation Complex (T)
  14. Cathédrale de Saint-Denis (T)
  15. Caves of the Buda Thermal Karst System (T)
  16. Central Park (T)
  17. Centre ancien de Sarlat (T)
  18. Centre historique de la ville de Gorokhovets (T)
  19. Ceský ráj (Czech Paradise) Rock Cities (T)
  20. Cetinje Historic Core (T)
  21. Cité de Carcassonne et ses châteaux sentinelles de montagne (T)
  22. Citté-fortezza di Palmanova (T)
  23. Classical Karst (in Slovene language: Klasicni kras) (T)
  24. Cultural Landscape of Canyon in Kamenets-Podilsk (T)
  25. Cultural Landscape of Innsbruck-Nordkette/Karwendel (T)
  26. Darmstadt Artists' Colony Mathildenhöhe (T)
  27. Diocletian's Palace and the Historical Nucleus of Split (extension) (T)
  28. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria (T)
  29. Early Chicago Skyscrapers (T)
  30. Early Medieval Monastic Sites (T)
  31. Ellis Island (T)
  32. Extension of the World Heritage Site "Historic Centre of Prague" (T)
  33. Fishpond Network in the Trebon Basin (T)
  34. Francke Foundation Buildings (T)
  35. Frontiers of the Roman Empire - Lower German Limes (T)
  36. Frontiers of the Roman Empire - The Danube Limes in Bulgaria (T)
  37. Frontiers of the Roman Empire (Austria) (T)
  38. Frontiers of the Roman Empire (extension) (T)
  39. Frontiers of the Roman Empire (Germany) (T)
  40. Frontiers of the Roman Empire (WHS FRE) (T)
  41. Fuzina Hills in Bohinj (T)
  42. Gdansk - Town of Memory and Freedom (T)
  43. Great Spas of Europe (Austria) (T)
  44. Great Spas of Europe (Czechia) (T)
  45. Great Spas of Europe (France) (T)
  46. Great Spas of Europe (Germany) (T)
  47. Great Spas of Europe (Italy) (T)
  48. Great Spas of Europe (UK) (T)
  49. Großglockner High Alpine Road / Großglockner Hochalpenstraße (T)
  50. Hala Sultan Tekke and the Larnaka Salt Lake Complex (T)
  51. Heiligenkreuz Abbey (T)
  52. Hikone-Jo (castle) (T)
  53. Hiraizumi (extension) (T)
  54. Historic Center of the Port City of Odessa (T)
  55. Historic Centre of Tchernigov, 9th -13th centuries (T)
  56. Jerusalem (T)
  57. Jômon Archaeological Sites in Hokkaidô, Northern Tôhoku, and other regions (T)
  58. Kaunas 1919-1939: The Capital Inspired by the Modern Movement (T)
  59. Kyiv: St. Cyril's and St. Andrew's Churches (T)
  60. L'ensemble monumental de Tirgu Jiu (T)
  61. La Camargue (T)
  62. Late Medieval Bastioned Fortifications in Greece (T)
  63. Le champ de bataille de Waterloo, la fin de l’épopée napoléonienne (T)
  64. Le Chateau-fort médieval d'Esztergom (T)
  65. Le noyau historique médiéval ou la "Cuve" de Gand (T)
  66. Le Palais de Justice de Bruxelles (T)
  67. Le Panorama de la Bataille de Waterloo (T)
  68. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (France) (T)
  69. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (Italy) (T)
  70. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (Monaco) (T)
  71. Les grandes villes d'eaux d'Europe (T)
  72. Les Plages du Débarquement, Normandie, 1944 (T)
  73. Luther memorials in Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony, Bavaria and Thuringia (T)
  74. Massif du Mont Blanc (T)
  75. Massif du Mont-Blanc (T)
  76. Minoan Palatial Centres (Knossos, Phaistos, Malia, Zakros, Kydonia) (T)
  77. Moravian Church Settlements (T)
  78. Mountain-top Hotel and Television Transmitter Ještěd (T)
  79. National Park "Hohe Tauern" (T)
  80. Natural and Cultural Landscape of Danube Region (T)
  81. Natural Reserves of Tatras Mountain (T)
  82. Nice, la ville neuve née du tourisme, ou l’invention de la Riviera (T)
  83. Nîmes, l'Antiquité au présent (T)
  84. Noyau historique d'Antwerpen -Anvers (T)
  85. Old Synagogue and Mikveh in Erfurt (T)
  86. Orheiul Vechi Archaeological Landscape (T)
  87. Padova Urbs Picta. Giotto, the Scrovegni Chapel and the 14th century painting cycles (T)
  88. Parco Nazionale della Sila - Sila, gran bosco d'Italia (T)
  89. Rade de Marseille (T)
  90. Residence Ensemble Schwerin - Cultural Landscape of Romantic Historicism (T)
  91. Romanesque Cathedrals in Puglia (T)
  92. Rostov Kremlin (T)
  93. Rouen (T)
  94. Royal Seats in Esztergom, Visegrád with the former Royal Wood in the Pilis Mountain (T)
  95. Saimaa-Pielinen Lake System (T)
  96. Salento and the "Barocco Leccese" (T)
  97. Sarajevo - unique symbol of universal multiculture - continual open city (T)
  98. Sea of Galilee & its Ancient Sites (T)
  99. ShUM cities of Speyer, Worms and Mainz (T)
  100. Sites of Great Moravia (T)
  101. Slate Industry of North Wales (T)
  102. Taormina and Isola Bella (T)
  103. Temples, Shrines and other structures of Ancient Kamakura (T)
  104. The Ancient Plovdiv (T)
  105. The Augustow Canal (Kanal Augustowski) (T)
  106. The broader region of Mount Olympus (T)
  107. The Burren (T)
  108. The city of Bergamo (T)
  109. The concept of the lenticular historical town core of Kosice City (T)
  110. The cultural landscape of the Benedictine settlements in medieval Italy (T)
  111. The Dunejec River Gorge in the Pieniny Mountains (T)
  112. The Galilee Journeys of Jesus & the Apostles (T)
  113. The Historic Centre of Sibiu and its Ensemble of Squares (T)
  114. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  115. The historical surroundings of Crimean Khans' capital in Bakhchysarai (T)
  116. The Holy place of worship of Ukonsaari by the Sami people at Inari (T)
  117. The Industrial Complexes at Ostrava (T)
  118. The Jewish Cemetery of Altona Königstrasse (T)
  119. The Laponian Area - Tysfjord, the fjord of Hellemobotn and Rago (T)
  120. The Lofoten islands (T)
  121. The Murge of Altamura (T)
  122. The natural and architectural ensemble of Jajce (T)
  123. The Porticoes of Bologna (T)
  124. The Roussensky Lom National Park (T)
  125. The royal necropolis of the Thracian city of Seuthopolis (extension) (T)
  126. The Spa at Luhacovice (T)
  127. The Tara National Park with the Drina River Canyon (T)
  128. The timeless, humanistic architecture of Jože Plečnik (T)
  129. The West Bohemian Spa Triangle (T)
  130. Thomas Jefferson Buildings (T)
  131. Tokaj Wine Region (T)
  132. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
  133. Via Francigena in Italy (T)
  134. Viking Age Ring Fortresses (T)
  135. VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / Vestfold Ship Burials and Hyllestad Quernstone Quarries (T)
  136. Waters and seabed of Fiordland (Te Moana O Atawhenua) (T)
  137. Western Stone Forts (T)
  138. White Sands National Monument (T)
  139. Zadar - Episcopal complex (T)
  140. Zagorochoria - North Pindos National Park (T)
  141. 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