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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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Tsunami Japan / USA / Poland - 25-Oct-18

Having discovered that the Robert Wilson production of Oedipus by Sophocles, which premiered in Pompei last summer and which I watched in Vicenza this month, will also be staged in Epidaurus next June (three World Heritage theaters! ) , I had to reminisce my absolutely unusual and even surreal experience I had when I visited Epidaurus. 

I believe it was the summer of 2004 right before the Athens Olympics. That was when I toured Greece visiting most of the WHSs in Greece I have visited so far. 

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The cultural landscape of the Benedictine settlements in medieval Italy (T)

Tsunami Japan / USA / Poland - 13-Oct-18

The cultural landscape of the Benedictine settlements in medieval Italy (T)

After visiting Ivrea from Torino in the morning I visited the Sacra di San Michele, one of the ten elements of this TWHS, in the afternoon. 

Of a few TWHSs around Torino I decided to visit this particular one after hearing about "The seven churches related to Archangel Michael on a mysterious straight line (ie, his sword)", and this Sacra is one of the seven. 3 out of the 7 are already WHSs: Skellig Michael in Ireland, Mont Saint Michel in France and Sanctuary of San Michele (Longobards) in the south of Italy. 

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Tsunami Japan / USA / Poland - 17-Oct-18


I visited Ivrea from Torino by train on a Sunday morning and spent the first half of my 3 hours there walking around. 

There is a map at http://www.ivreacittaindustriale.it/ as well as on sign posts around town. I did not visit all the elements in the map of this industrial city of the last century but tried to see some of the more interesting places. 

One of the sign posts pointed to Villa Casana on a hill park in front of Talponia as offering the panoramic [...]

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Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy

Tsunami Japan / USA / Poland - 12-Oct-18

Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy

Like other reviewers I was so impressed with Sacro Monte of Varese that I had been seeking opportunity to visit the Sacro Monte of Varallo, the first and most important of the 9 Sacri Monti. Between checking out the new production of Oedipus at the Teatro Olimpico in Palladian Vicenza and the new World Heritage Site of Ivrea this opportunity has finally come for me.

There used to be a railway to Varallo, but today the only way to get there by public transportation is by bus, so I took a bus for 90 min. from Novara to Varallo and from Varallo to Vercelli on the way back. 

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Tsunami Japan / USA / Poland - 11-Oct-18


I had visited Palladian Vicenza before but went back there on the occasion of the Robert Wilson production of Oedipus by Sophocles at the Teatro Olimpico, originally designed by Palladio. Known as the oldest surviving indoor theater in the world, the Teatro opened with Oedipus in 1585, which makes this the 433 anniversary production. Why 433 anniversary? I don't know. 

Teatro Olimpico is basically a Greek amphitheater enclosed in a Renaissance building. Its most distinguished feature is the seven streets that extend into the back and the sides of the stage. They were originally created for the first production of Oedipus in mind and were supposed to represent the streets of Thebes, Greece, where Oedipus is set. 

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

Recently Visited WHS

Update 30.04.19
  1. "Krzemionki", prehistoric flint mines (T)
  2. Alpine and pre-alpine meadow and marsh landscapes (T)
  3. Amalienborg and its district (T)
  4. Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe - extension (Poland) (T)
  5. Ancient Greek Theatres (T)
  6. Astronomical Observatories of Ukraine (T)
  7. Asuka-Fujiwara : Archaeological sites of Japan's Ancient Capitals and Related Properties (T)
  8. Bagçesaray Palace of the Crimean Khans (T)
  9. Balaton Uplands Cultural Landscape (T)
  10. Brooklyn Bridge (T)
  11. California Current Conservation Complex (T)
  12. Cathédrale de Saint-Denis (T)
  13. Caves of the Buda Thermal Karst System (T)
  14. Central Park (T)
  15. Centre ancien de Sarlat (T)
  16. Centre historique de la ville de Gorokhovets (T)
  17. Ceský ráj (Czech Paradise) Rock Cities (T)
  18. Cetinje Historic Core (T)
  19. Cité de Carcassonne et ses châteaux sentinelles de montagne (T)
  20. Citté-fortezza di Palmanova (T)
  21. Classical Karst (in Slovene language: Klasicni kras) (T)
  22. Cultural Landscape of Canyon in Kamenets-Podilsk (T)
  23. Cultural Landscape of Innsbruck-Nordkette/Karwendel (T)
  24. Darmstadt Artists' Colony Mathildenhöhe (T)
  25. Diocletian's Palace and the Historical Nucleus of Split (extension) (T)
  26. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee (T)
  27. Early Chicago Skyscrapers (T)
  28. Early Medieval Monastic Sites (T)
  29. Ellis Island (T)
  30. Extension of the World Heritage Site "Historic Centre of Prague" with the important Monuments in its Vicinity (T)
  31. Extension to the Joint World Heritage Property "Primeval Beech forests of the Carpathians (Slovak Republic and Ukraine) and the Ancient Beech forests of Germany (Germany)" (T)
  32. Francke Foundation Buildings (T)
  33. Frank Lloyd Wright 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 (extension) (T)
  37. Frontiers of the Roman Empire (Germany) (T)
  38. Frontiers of the Roman Empire (WHS FRE) (T)
  39. Frontiers of the Roman Empire, Croatian Limes (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. Hikone-Jo (castle) (T)
  49. Hiraizumi - Temples, Gardens and Archaeological Sites Representing the Buddhist Pure Land (extension) (T)
  50. Historic Center of the Port City of Odessa (T)
  51. Historic Centre of Tchernigov, 9th -13th centuries (T)
  52. Hydraulic Engineering and Hydropower, Drinking Water and Decorative Fountains in Augsburg (T)
  53. Jerusalem (T)
  54. Jômon Archaeological Sites in Hokkaidô, Northern Tôhoku, and other regions (T)
  55. Kaunas 1919-1939: The Capital Inspired by the Modern Movement (T)
  56. Kyiv: Saint Sophia Cathedral with Related Monastic Buildings, St. Cyril's and St. Andrew's Churches, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra (T)
  57. L'ensemble monumental de Tirgu Jiu (T)
  58. La Camargue (T)
  59. Le champ de bataille de Waterloo, la fin de l’épopée napoléonienne (T)
  60. Le Chateau-fort médieval d'Esztergom (T)
  61. Le massif forestier de Fontainebleau (T)
  62. Le Palais de Justice de Bruxelles (T)
  63. Le Panorama de la Bataille de Waterloo, exemple particulièrement significatif de « Phénomène de Panoramas » (T)
  64. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (T)
  65. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (T)
  66. Les grandes villes d'eaux d'Europe (T)
  67. Luther memorials in Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony, Bavaria and Thuringia (T)
  68. Massif du Mont Blanc (T)
  69. Massif du Mont-Blanc (T)
  70. Mining Cultural Landscape Erzgebirge/Krušnohoří (T)
  71. Mining Cultural Landscape Erzgebirge/Krušnohoří (Czech) (T)
  72. Minoan Palatial Centres (Knossos, Phaistos, Malia, Zakros, Kydonia) (T)
  73. Moravian Church Settlements (T)
  74. Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun, Ancient Tumulus Clusters (T)
  75. Natural and Cultural Heritage of the Ohrid Region (T)
  76. Natural and Cultural Landscape of Danube Region (T)
  77. Natural Reserves of Tatras Mountain (T)
  78. Nice, la ville neuve née du tourisme, ou l’invention de la Riviera (T)
  79. Nîmes, l'Antiquité au présent (T)
  80. Noyau historique d'Antwerpen -Anvers- de l'Escaut aux anciens remparts de vers 1250 (T)
  81. Old Synagogue and Mikveh in Erfurt - Testimonies of everyday life, religion and town history between change and continuity (T)
  82. Orheiul Vechi Archaeological Landscape (T)
  83. Padova Urbs Picta. Giotto, the Scrovegni Chapel and the 14th century painting cycles (T)
  84. Parco Nazionale della Sila - Sila, gran bosco d'Italia (T)
  85. Rade de Marseille (T)
  86. Residence Ensemble Schwerin - Cultural Landscape of Romantic Historicism (T)
  87. Romanesque Cathedrals in Puglia (T)
  88. Rostov Kremlin (T)
  89. Rouen : ensemble urbain à pans de bois, cathédrale, église Saint-Ouen, église Saint Maclou (T)
  90. Royal Seats in Esztergom, Visegrád with the former Royal Wood in the Pilis Mountain (T)
  91. Saimaa-Pielinen Lake System (T)
  92. Salento and the "Barocco Leccese" (T)
  93. Sarajevo - unique symbol of universal multiculture - continual open city (T)
  94. Sea of Galilee & its Ancient Sites (T)
  95. ShUM cities of Speyer, Worms and Mainz (T)
  96. Taormina and Isola Bella (T)
  97. Temples, Shrines and other structures of Ancient Kamakura (T)
  98. The Ancient Plovdiv (T)
  99. The Augustow Canal (Kanal Augustowski) (T)
  100. The broader region of Mount Olympus (T)
  101. The Burren (T)
  102. The city of Bergamo (T)
  103. The concept of the lenticular historical town core of Kosice City (T)
  104. The cultural landscape of the Benedictine settlements in medieval Italy (T)
  105. The Dunejec River Gorge in the Pieniny Mountains (T)
  106. The Galilee Journeys of Jesus & the Apostles (T)
  107. The Historic Centre of Sibiu and its Ensemble of Squares (T)
  108. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  109. The historical surroundings of Crimean Khans' capital in Bakhchysarai (T)
  110. The Holy place of worship of Ukonsaari by the Sami people at Inari (T)
  111. The Industrial Complexes at Ostrava (T)
  112. The Jewish Cemetery of Altona Königstrasse. Sephardic Sepulchral Culture of the 17th and 18th century between Europe and the Caribbean (T)
  113. The Laponian Area - Tysfjord, the fjord of Hellemobotn and Rago (T)
  114. The Lofoten islands (T)
  115. The Murge of Altamura (T)
  116. The natural and architectural ensemble of Jajce (T)
  117. The Porticoes of Bologna (T)
  118. The Prosecco Hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene (T)
  119. The Roussensky Lom National Park (T)
  120. The royal necropolis of the Thracian city of Seuthopolis – a serial site, extension of the Kazanlak Thracian tomb (T)
  121. The Tara National Park with the Drina River Canyon (T)
  122. The timeless, humanistic architecture of Jože Plečnik (T)
  123. The West Bohemian Spa Triangle (T)
  124. Thomas Jefferson Buildings (T)
  125. Tokaj Wine Region (T)
  126. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
  127. Viking Age Ring Fortresses (T)
  128. VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / Jelling mounds, runic stones, palisade area and church (T)
  129. VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / The Trelleborg fortresses, Denmark (T)
  130. VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / Vestfold Ship Burials and Hyllestad Quernstone Quarries (T)
  131. Waters and seabed of Fiordland (Te Moana O Atawhenua) (T)
  132. White Sands National Monument (T)
  133. Zadar - Episcopal complex (T)
  134. Zagorochoria - North Pindos National Park (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