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

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Painted Churches in the Troödos Region

Tsunami Japan / USA / Cyprus - 22-Mar-21

Painted Churches in the Troödos Region

When I entered Cyprus in mid-December 2020 with intention to stay for 3 months, there was not much of lockdown.  Museums and archaeological sites were open, and I was able to visit Choirokoitia and Paphos WHSs within my first 2 days in the country without any problems. Staying in the Paphos District for 3 months, I thought I would visit the Painted Churches in the Troodos Region WHS sometimes in January or February. I was not following the local news and just going about my own business. Then on January 10 I was told by my landlord that a strict lockdown was to commence on the next day. 

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Paphos

Tsunami Japan / USA / Cyprus - 13-Jan-21

Paphos

After leaving Ukraine in mid-September 2020 and spending 3 months in the Schengen Area (1/2 months in Poland and 2 1/2 months in Greece), it was time for me to leave the EU/Schengen Area and move to an EU/non-Schengen country for 3 months. So I decided to move to Cyprus.  For me visiting WHSs has become a matter of changing country of residence during the pandemic. On the day I arrived in Cyprus I traveled from Larnaca through Choirokoitia WHS to Paphos by bus. 

I ended up settling in the District of Paphos, one of the 6 districts of Cyprus, for 3 months. As such, I had a plenty of time to explore the 3 locations of this WHS, which I visited on 4 separate days by bus. 

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Late Medieval Bastioned Fortifications in Greece (T)

Tsunami Japan / USA / Cyprus - 16-Jan-21

Late Medieval Bastioned Fortifications in Greece (T)

The Mitilini Castle of Lesvos

In order to visit Philippi from the island of Chios where I stayed for a month in October 2020, I took a 12-hour ferry ride from Chios through the islands of Lesvos and Limnos to Kavala. 

2 and 1/2 months after I made this trip I realized that the castle I had seen near Mitilini, the main city of Lesvos and the port of call for this ferry, was a TWHS.

Even though I didn't even set my foot on the island of Lesvos, I just wanted to share this photo I took of the Late Medieval Bastioned Fortification. 

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Island of Patmos

Tsunami Japan / USA / Cyprus - 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 / Cyprus - 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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Profile Data

Name
Tsunami
Country
Japan / USA / Cyprus
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 06.06.21
  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 and Other Regions of Europe - extension (Czechia) (T)
  4. Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe - extension (France) (T)
  5. Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe - extension (Poland) (T)
  6. Ancient Greek Theatres (T)
  7. Ancient Lavrion (T)
  8. Astronomical Observatories of Ukraine (T)
  9. Asuka-Fujiwara : Archaeological sites of Japan's Ancient Capitals and Related Properties (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. Church of Panagia Aggeloktisti (T)
  22. Cité de Carcassonne et ses châteaux sentinelles de montagne (T)
  23. Citté-fortezza di Palmanova (T)
  24. Classical Karst (in Slovene language: Klasicni kras) (T)
  25. Coastal Cliffs (T)
  26. Cultural Landscape of Canyon in Kamenets-Podilsk (T)
  27. Cultural Landscape of Innsbruck-Nordkette/Karwendel (T)
  28. Darmstadt Artists' Colony Mathildenhöhe (T)
  29. Diocletian's Palace and the Historical Nucleus of Split (extension) (T)
  30. Dreams in Stone - the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee (T)
  31. Early Chicago Skyscrapers (T)
  32. Early Medieval Monastic Sites (T)
  33. Ellis Island (T)
  34. Extension of the World Heritage Site "Historic Centre of Prague" with the important Monuments in its Vicinity (T)
  35. Fishpond Network in the Trebon Basin (T)
  36. Francke Foundation Buildings (T)
  37. Frontiers of the Roman Empire - The Danube Limes in Bulgaria (T)
  38. Frontiers of the Roman Empire — The Lower German Limes (Netherlands) (T)
  39. Frontiers of the Roman Empire (Austria) (T)
  40. Frontiers of the Roman Empire (Germany) (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 - Temples, Gardens and Archaeological Sites Representing the Buddhist Pure Land (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. Knights Fortifications around the Harbours of Malta (T)
  60. Kyiv: Saint Sophia Cathedral with Related Monastic Buildings, St. Cyril's and St. Andrew's Churches, Kyiv-Pechersk Lavra (T)
  61. L'ensemble monumental de Tirgu Jiu (T)
  62. La Camargue (T)
  63. Late Medieval Bastioned Fortifications in Greece (T)
  64. Le champ de bataille de Waterloo, la fin de l’épopée napoléonienne (T)
  65. Le Chateau-fort médieval d'Esztergom (T)
  66. Le noyau historique ou la 'Cuve' de Gand, et les deux abbayes qui sont à son origine (T)
  67. Le Palais de Justice de Bruxelles (T)
  68. Le Panorama de la Bataille de Waterloo, exemple particulièrement significatif de « Phénomène de Panoramas » (T)
  69. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (France) (T)
  70. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (Italy) (T)
  71. Les Alpes de la Méditerranée (Monaco) (T)
  72. Les grandes villes d'eaux d'Europe (T)
  73. Les Plages du Débarquement, Normandie, 1944 (T)
  74. Lower German Limes (T)
  75. Luther memorials in Saxony-Anhalt, Saxony, Bavaria and Thuringia (T)
  76. Maltese Catacomb Complexes (T)
  77. Massif du Mont Blanc (T)
  78. Massif du Mont-Blanc (T)
  79. Mdina (Citta Vecchia) (T)
  80. Minoan Palatial Centres (T)
  81. Moravian Church Settlements (T)
  82. Mountain-top Hotel and Television Transmitter Ještěd (T)
  83. National Park Hohe Tauern (T)
  84. Natural and Cultural Landscape of Danube Region (T)
  85. Natural Reserves of Tatras Mountain (T)
  86. Nice, la ville neuve née du tourisme, ou l’invention de la Riviera (T)
  87. Nîmes, l'Antiquité au présent (T)
  88. Noyau historique d'Antwerpen -Anvers- de l'Escaut aux anciens remparts de vers 1250 (T)
  89. Old Synagogue and Mikveh in Erfurt - Testimonies of everyday life, religion and town history between change and continuity (T)
  90. Orheiul Vechi Archaeological Landscape (T)
  91. Padova Urbs Picta. Giotto, the Scrovegni Chapel and the 14th century painting cycles (T)
  92. Parco Nazionale della Sila - Sila, gran bosco d'Italia (T)
  93. Rade de Marseille (T)
  94. Residence Ensemble Schwerin - Cultural Landscape of Romantic Historicism (T)
  95. Romanesque Cathedrals in Puglia (T)
  96. Rostov Kremlin (T)
  97. Rouen : ensemble urbain à pans de bois, cathédrale, église Saint-Ouen, église Saint Maclou (T)
  98. Royal Seats in Esztergom, Visegrád (T)
  99. Salento and the Barocco Leccese (T)
  100. Sarajevo - unique symbol of universal multiculture - continual open city (T)
  101. Sea of Galilee & its Ancient Sites (T)
  102. ShUM cities of Speyer, Worms and Mainz (T)
  103. Sites of Great Moravia: Slavonic Fortified Settlement at Mikulcice - Church of St.Margaret at Kopcani (T)
  104. Slate Industry of North Wales (T)
  105. Taormina and Isola Bella (T)
  106. Temples, Shrines and other structures of Ancient Kamakura (T)
  107. The Ancient Plovdiv (T)
  108. The Augustow Canal (Kanal Augustowski) (T)
  109. The broader region of Mount Olympus (T)
  110. The Burren (T)
  111. The city of Bergamo (T)
  112. The concept of the lenticular historical town core of Kosice City (T)
  113. The cultural landscape of the Benedictine settlements in medieval Italy (T)
  114. The Dunejec River Gorge in the Pieniny Mountains (T)
  115. The Galilee Journeys of Jesus & the Apostles (T)
  116. The Historic Centre of Sibiu and its Ensemble of Squares (T)
  117. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  118. The historical surroundings of Crimean Khans' capital in Bakhchysarai (T)
  119. The Holy place of worship of Ukonsaari by the Sami people at Inari (T)
  120. The Industrial Complexes at Ostrava (T)
  121. The Jewish Cemetery of Altona Königstrasse. Sephardic Sepulchral Culture of the 17th and 18th century between Europe and the Caribbean (T)
  122. The Laponian Area - Tysfjord, the fjord of Hellemobotn and Rago (T)
  123. The Lofoten islands (T)
  124. The Murge of Altamura (T)
  125. The natural and architectural ensemble of Jajce (T)
  126. The Porticoes of Bologna (T)
  127. The Roussensky Lom National Park (T)
  128. The royal necropolis of the Thracian city of Seuthopolis – a serial site, extension of the Kazanlak Thracian tomb (T)
  129. The Spa at Luhacovice (T)
  130. The Tara National Park with the Drina River Canyon (T)
  131. The timeless, humanistic architecture of Jože Plečnik (T)
  132. The West Bohemian Spa Triangle (T)
  133. Thomas Jefferson Buildings (T)
  134. Tokaj Wine Region (T)
  135. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
  136. Troodos, Mt.Olympus (T)
  137. Via Francigena in Italy (T)
  138. Viking Age Ring Fortresses (T)
  139. VIKING MONUMENTS AND SITES / Vestfold Ship Burials and Hyllestad Quernstone Quarries (T)
  140. Waters and seabed of Fiordland (Te Moana O Atawhenua) (T)
  141. Western Stone Forts (T)
  142. White Sands National Monument (T)
  143. Zadar - Episcopal complex (T)
  144. Zagorochoria - North Pindos National Park (T)
  145. 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