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I was born in Japan, lived most of my life in Los Angeles, CA, but am currently changing country of residence every 3 months within Europe. 

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Primeval Beech Forests

Tsunami Japan / USA / Europe - 11-Aug-22

Primeval Beech Forests

Even though I had been to all WHSs and TWHSs in Germany, upon learning that Germany was offering a 9-Euro, monthly train pass in summer 2022, I decided to take an advantage of it and to visit the north-east corner of the country, where I had hardly travelled before, for about 10 days. As such, the final destination for this trip was the Jasmund National Park, which includes the Primeval Beech Forests WHS.

I took a bus from the Sassnitz Busbahnhof straight to Königsstuhl National Park Centre.

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Verona

Tsunami Japan / USA / Europe - 01-Aug-22

Verona

I had previously visited the Verona WHS, and the below is only about my experience at one of its components, Arena di Verona, in summer 2022. 

It just sounded fun for me to attend the annual Arena di Verona opera festival and to watch its signature production of Aida composed by Verdi and directed by Franco Zeffirelli. So I bought a ticket for summer 2020. The festival was cancelled due to covid, and the full production of Aida was finally mounted again this summer in 2022. With my ticket I was able to just change the date of attendance from 2020 to 2022. 

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Dacian Fortresses

Tsunami Japan / USA / Europe - 10-May-22

Dacian Fortresses

A few days after my visit to Rosia Montana WHS I made my second attempt to visit the main component of this Dacian Fortress WHS, Sarmizegetusa Regia, this time by public transportation. 

My first attempt was in winter 2016-17 when I found the ruins covered by snow, as described in my earlier report below. For that trip I rented a car because it appeared too difficult to get to the site without it. I typically like to utilize public transportation in my attempt to immerse myself more in the local scenes, but this time the main reason I did not rent a car was because my California driver's license expired almost 4.5 years ago and cannot be renewed online. The only way for me to renew it now is to physically appear at a DMV in California where I have not been back over 5.5 years. 

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Historical theatres of the Marche Region (T)

Tsunami Japan / USA / Europe - 18-Feb-22

Historical theatres of the Marche Region (T)

I just noticed that this was a new nomination from Italy in 2021: Historical 62 theatres in the Marche Region. Yes, I've been to 1 of the 62 theaters! 

In 2012 when I visited Urbino, I saw Teatro Sanzio. In fact this theater is in the core zone of the Urbino WHS, right by Palazzo Ducale. The name Sanzio comes of course from Urbino's most famous son, painter Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino. 

Now, that was 2012, and I couldn't have put this theatre in the context with the other 61 theaters. It must be that Italy believes that these 62 theaters have something in common that is World Heritage worthy. 

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Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape

Tsunami Japan / USA / Europe - 16-Apr-22

Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape

"The more mechanical you are, the freer you are." --- Robert Wilson

For this occasion to visit the UK, I decided to finish up the remaining WHSs in the UK except some islands. As such, it was my first time to travelled to the south-western England: Dorset, Devon, Cornwall and Somerset. If I am going to this part of England, I thought, I'd better go all the way to Land's End and thus chose St. Just as the place to visit among the 8 locations of this WHS.

There was an incredibly knowledgeable woman at the Penzance tourist office. She had good answers to just about everything I asked her and was passionate about the area she served.  While asking her these questions, I revealed to her my plan in minute detail in the St

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Tsunami
Country
Japan / USA / Europe
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
  1. Alpine and pre-alpine meadow and marsh landscapes (T)
  2. Amalienborg and its district (T)
  3. Ancient Greek Theatres (T)
  4. Ancient Lavrion (T)
  5. Astronomical Observatories of Ukraine (T)
  6. Asuka-Fujiwara : Archaeological sites of Japan's Ancient Capitals and Related Properties (T)
  7. Bagçesaray Palace of the Crimean Khans (T)
  8. Balaton Uplands Cultural Landscape (T)
  9. Brooklyn Bridge (T)
  10. California Current Conservation Complex (T)
  11. Cathédrale de Saint-Denis (T)
  12. Central Park (T)
  13. Centre ancien de Sarlat (T)
  14. Centre historique de la ville de Gorokhovets (T)
  15. Ceský ráj (Czech Paradise) Rock Cities (T)
  16. Cetinje Historic Core (T)
  17. Church of Panagia Aggeloktisti (T)
  18. Cité de Carcassonne et ses châteaux sentinelles de montagne (T)
  19. Classical Karst (in Slovene language: Klasicni kras) (T)
  20. Coastal Cliffs (T)
  21. Cultural Landscape of Canyon in Kamenets-Podilsk (T)
  22. Cultural Landscape of Innsbruck-Nordkette/Karwendel (T)
  23. Diocletian's Palace and the Historical Nucleus of Split (extension) (T)
  24. Domaine de Fontainebleau : château, jardins, parc et forêt (T)
  25. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee (T)
  26. Early Chicago Skyscrapers (T)
  27. Early Medieval Monastic Sites (T)
  28. Ellis Island (T)
  29. Extension of the World Heritage Site "Historic Centre of Prague" with the important Monuments in its Vicinity (T)
  30. Fishpond Network in the Trebon Basin (T)
  31. Francke Foundation Buildings (T)
  32. Frontiers of the Roman Empire - Dacia (T)
  33. Frontiers of the Roman Empire - The Danube Limes in Bulgaria (T)
  34. Fuzina Hills in Bohinj (T)
  35. Gdansk - Town of Memory and Freedom (T)
  36. Großglockner High Alpine Road / Großglockner Hochalpenstraße (T)
  37. Hala Sultan Tekke and the Larnaka Salt Lake Complex (T)
  38. Heiligenkreuz Abbey (T)
  39. Hikone-Jo (castle) (T)
  40. Hiraizumi - Temples, Gardens and Archaeological Sites Representing the Buddhist Pure Land (extension) (T)
  41. Historic Center of the Port City of Odessa (T)
  42. Historic Centre of Tchernigov, 9th -13th centuries (T)
  43. Historical theatres of the Marche Region (T)
  44. Hoge Kempen Rural - Industrial Transition Landscape (T)
  45. Jerusalem (T)
  46. Kaunas 1919-1939: The Capital Inspired by the Modern Movement (T)
  47. Knights Fortifications around the Harbours of Malta (T)
  48. Kyiv: Saint Sophia Cathedral with Related Monastic Buildings, St. Cyril's and St. Andrew's Churches, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra (T)
  49. L'ensemble monumental de Tirgu Jiu (T)
  50. La Camargue (T)
  51. Late Medieval Bastioned Fortifications in Greece (T)
  52. Le champ de bataille de Waterloo, la fin de l’épopée napoléonienne (T)
  53. Le Chateau-fort médieval d'Esztergom (T)
  54. Le noyau historique de la ville d'Alba Julia (T)
  55. Le noyau historique ou la 'Cuve' de Gand, et les deux abbayes qui sont à son origine (T)
  56. Le Palais de Justice de Bruxelles (T)
  57. Le palais de Princes Eveques de Liège (T)
  58. Le Panorama de la Bataille de Waterloo, exemple particulièrement significatif de « Phénomène de Panoramas » (T)
  59. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (France) (T)
  60. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (Italy) (T)
  61. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (Monaco) (T)
  62. Les citadelles mosanes (T)
  63. Les passages de Bruxelles / Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert (T)
  64. Les Plages du Débarquement, Normandie, 1944 (T)
  65. Les villes antiques de la Narbonnaise et leur territoire: Nimes, Arles, Glanum, aqueducs, via Domitia (T)
  66. Les villes bastionnées des Pays-Bas du nord-ouest de l'Europe (T)
  67. Luther memorials in Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony, Bavaria and Thuringia (T)
  68. Maltese Catacomb Complexes (T)
  69. Massif du Mont Blanc (T)
  70. Massif du Mont-Blanc (T)
  71. Mdina (Citta Vecchia) (T)
  72. Minoan Palatial Centres (T)
  73. Mountain-top Hotel and Television Transmitter Ještěd (T)
  74. National Park Hohe Tauern (T)
  75. Natural and Cultural Landscape of Danube Region (T)
  76. Natural Reserves of Tatras Mountain (T)
  77. Nîmes, l'Antiquité au présent (T)
  78. Noyau historique d'Antwerpen -Anvers- de l'Escaut aux anciens remparts de vers 1250 (T)
  79. Old Synagogue and Mikveh in Erfurt - Testimonies of everyday life, religion and town history between change and continuity (T)
  80. Orheiul Vechi Archaeological Landscape (T)
  81. Pobiti Kamani Natural Monument (T)
  82. Rade de Marseille (T)
  83. Residence Ensemble Schwerin - Cultural Landscape of Romantic Historicism (T)
  84. Ripa Pannonica in Hungary (T)
  85. Rocks of Belogradchik (T)
  86. Rostov Kremlin (T)
  87. Rouen : ensemble urbain à pans de bois, cathédrale, église Saint-Ouen, église Saint Maclou (T)
  88. Royal Seats in Esztergom, Visegrád (T)
  89. Salento and the Barocco Leccese (T)
  90. Sarajevo - unique symbol of universal multiculture - continual open city (T)
  91. Sea of Galilee & its Ancient Sites (T)
  92. Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (T)
  93. Sites funéraires et mémoriels de la Première Guerre mondiale (Front Ouest) (Belgium) (T)
  94. Sites of Great Moravia: Slavonic Fortified Settlement at Mikulcice - Church of St.Margaret at Kopcani (T)
  95. Temples, Shrines and other structures of Ancient Kamakura (T)
  96. The Ancient Plovdiv (T)
  97. The ancient town of Nicopolis ad Istrum (T)
  98. The Augustow Canal (Kanal Augustowski) (T)
  99. The broader region of Mount Olympus (T)
  100. The Burren (T)
  101. The concept of the lenticular historical town core of Kosice City (T)
  102. The Cultural Landscape of Civita di Bagnoregio (T)
  103. The cultural landscape of the Benedictine settlements in medieval Italy (T)
  104. The Dunejec River Gorge in the Pieniny Mountains (T)
  105. The Galilee Journeys of Jesus & the Apostles (T)
  106. The Historic Centre of Sibiu and its Ensemble of Squares (T)
  107. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  108. The historical surroundings of Crimean Khans' capital in Bakhchysarai (T)
  109. The Industrial Complexes at Ostrava (T)
  110. The Jewish Cemetery of Altona Königstrasse. Sephardic Sepulchral Culture of the 17th and 18th century between Europe and the Caribbean (T)
  111. The Laponian Area - Tysfjord, the fjord of Hellemobotn and Rago (T)
  112. The Lofoten islands (T)
  113. The Magoura cave with drawings from the bronze age. (T)
  114. The Murge of Altamura (T)
  115. The natural and architectural ensemble of Jajce (T)
  116. The old villages of Hollókõ and Rimetea and their surroundings (T)
  117. The Ringed Seal Archipelagos of Lake Saimaa (T)
  118. The Roussensky Lom National Park (T)
  119. The royal necropolis of the Thracian city of Seuthopolis – a serial site, extension of the Kazanlak Thracian tomb (T)
  120. The Spa at Luhacovice (T)
  121. The Tara National Park with the Drina River Canyon (T)
  122. Thomas Jefferson Buildings (T)
  123. Tokaj Wine Region (T)
  124. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
  125. Troodos, Mt.Olympus (T)
  126. Via Francigena in Italy (T)
  127. Viking Age Ring Fortresses (T)
  128. VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / Vestfold Ship Burials and Hyllestad Quernstone Quarries (T)
  129. Vratsa Karst Nature Reserve (T)
  130. Waters and seabed of Fiordland (Te Moana O Atawhenua) (T)
  131. Western Stone Forts (T)
  132. White Sands National Monument (T)
  133. Zadar - Episcopal complex (T)
  134. Zagorochoria - North Pindos National Park (T)
  135. 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