Itsukushima Shinto Shrine

From the World Heritage inscription for the Itsukushima Shinto Shrine: The island of Itsukushima, in the Seto inland sea, has been a holy place of Shintoism since the earliest times. The first shrine buildings here were probably erected in the 6th century. The present shrine dates from the 12th century and the harmoniously arranged buildings …

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Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome)

From the World Heritage inscription for the Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome): The Hiroshima Peace Memorial (Genbaku Dome) was the only structure left standing in the area where the first atomic bomb exploded on 6 August 1945. Through the efforts of many people, including those of the city of Hiroshima, it has been preserved in …

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Winter Solstice Housekeeping

With the end of the year upon us, I wanted take the time to take some time and remind people that there are ways you can follow what I’m doing and support the site that you might not have been aware of. The first thing is my map: View Larger Map If you have Goolge …

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Yakushima

From the World Heritage Inscription for Yakushima: Located in the interior of Yaku Island, at the meeting-point of the Palaearctic and oriental biotic regions, Yakushima exhibits a rich flora, with some 1,900 species and subspecies, including ancient specimens of the sugi (Japanese cedar). It also contains a remnant of a warm-temperate ancient forest that is …

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Life in Chiang Mai

I’ve been in Chiang Mai for two days now. It reminds me a lot of Phuket without the beaches. It is very touristy, and I mean that in the worst sense. The night market area is just an endless row of vendors selling the same crap. Everyone I’ve been in SE Asia has some sort …

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Historic City of Vigan

Historic City of Vigan - UNESCO World Heritage Site

The above photo is of the Vigan Cathedral and the central plaza. The plaza area has small models of the wonders of the world as well as a map of the Philippines with models of the Filipino World Heritage sites on it. Vigan is a very quaint city and you can tell it is different …

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