Friday, June 8, 2018

JAPAN - Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range

"Set in the dense forests of the Kii Mountains overlooking the Pacific Ocean, three sacred sites – Yoshino and Omine, Kumano Sanzan, Koyasan – linked by pilgrimage routes to the ancient capital cities of Nara and Kyoto, reflect the fusion of Shinto, rooted in the ancient tradition of nature worship in Japan, and Buddhism, which was introduced from China and the Korean Peninsula. The sites (495.3 ha) and their surrounding forest landscape reflect a persistent and extraordinarily well-documented tradition of sacred mountains over 1,200 years. The area, with its abundance of streams, rivers and waterfalls, is still part of the living culture of Japan and is much visited for ritual purposes and hiking, with up to 15 million visitors annually. Each of the three sites contains shrines, some of which were founded as early as the 9th century." -

Postcard 1: Koyasan
Fudo Hall at Mt. Koya
Thank you so much Hisako for sending me a UNESCO card
as an official postcrossing card!

Postcard 2-A: Yoshino
Cherry Blossoms, Yoshinoyama, Nara

Thank you so much Sandy for this wonderful postcard of Cherry Blossoms!
We also have our local cherry blossoms here in Puerto Princesa City, Philippines called "Balayong" which are in full bloom from Mid February-May... =)

Postcard 2-B: Yoshino
Thank you so much, Akiko for sending me this postcard!
I hope to see this one day!

Postcard 3: Yoshino
"This card shows the inside of Yoshimizu Shrine.
I saw this 2 weeks ago. It's very gorgeous!", shares Keiko.
Thank you so much for sharing this great postcard with me, Keiko!


A. Yoshino and Omine

- Mount Yoshino, mountain
-  Yoshino Mikumari Shrine, Shinto Shrine
-  Kimpu Shrine, Shinto Shrine
-  Kimpusen-ji, Shugendō/Buddhist temple
Yoshimizu Shrine, Shinto Shrine 
-  Ōminesan-ji, Shugendō Temple

B.  Kumano Sanzan

- Kumano Hongū Taisha, Shinto Shrine
- Kumano Hayatama Taisha, Shinto Shrine
-  Kumano Nachi Taisha, Shinto Shrine
-  Seiganto-ji, Tendai Buddhist Temple
-  Nachi Falls, Waterfall
- Nachi Primeval Forest, Forest
- Fudarakusan-ji, Tendai Buddhist Temple

 C. Kōyasan

-  Niutsuhime Shrine, Shinto Shrine
-  Kongōbu-ji,  Shingon Buddhist Temple
-  Jison-in, Shingon Buddhist Temple
-  Niukanshōfu Shrine, Shinto Shrine

D. Pilgrimage Routes

 - Ōmine Okugakemichi, Trail
- Kumano Sankeimichi, Trail
- Kōyasan chōishi-michi, Trail 

VIETNAM - My Son Sanctuary

"Between the 4th and 13th centuries a unique culture which owed its spiritual origins to Indian Hinduism developed on the coast of contemporary Viet Nam. This is graphically illustrated by the remains of a series of impressive tower-temples located in a dramatic site that was the religious and political capital of the Champa Kingdom for most of its existence." -

Postcard 1
My first and only Touchnote postcard so far...
Thank you so much, DAO! =)

Postcard 2
A real nice postcard of UNESCO My Son...
Thanks much to Phan Vuong...

Postcard 3
 A surprise postcard!
Thank you so much Jean Pierre for your support in this hobby of mine!
You surely contributed a lot and I so much appreciate it!
Enjoy your adventures!

FRANCE - Historic Fortified City of Carcassonne

"Since the pre-Roman period, a fortified settlement has existed on the hill where Carcassonne now stands. In its present form it is an outstanding example of a medieval fortified town, with its massive defences encircling the castle and the surrounding buildings, its streets and its fine Gothic cathedral. Carcassonne is also of exceptional importance because of the lengthy restoration campaign undertaken by Viollet-le-Duc, one of the founders of the modern science of conservation." -

Postcard 1
Again, million thanks Nancy! I just love looking at this card! Amazing! =)

Postcard 2
A surprise postcard from Jean Pierre!
Finally! A written and stamped one! Thank you so much! :)

Postcard 3
Another postcard of Carcassonne from Jean Pierre!
Thank you so much for sending me this postcard, JP! ^-^

Postcard 4
Thank you so much, Catherine for this wonderful postcard
 with an amazing stamp showing the Champs Elysees!

NEW ZEALAND - Te Wahipounamu – South West New Zealand

"The landscape in this park, situated in south-west New Zealand, has been shaped by successive glaciations into fjords, rocky coasts, towering cliffs, lakes and waterfalls. Two-thirds of the park is covered with southern beech and podocarps, some of which are over 800 years old. The kea, the only alpine parrot in the world, lives in the park, as does the rare and endangered takahe, a large flightless bird." -

Postcard 1: Mitre Peak, Fiordland
"This is a famous place here in New Zealand - Milford Sound 
- the heart of the UNESCO Site Te Wahipounamu in the South Island.
The name means "the place where greenstone is in the waters"...", shares Adrienne.
Thank you so much Adrienne for this card!

Postcard 2: Milford Sound, Fiordland
A great card of Milford Sound of New Zealand with matching stamp issued in France.
Thank you so much for sharing with me this postcard, Jean Pierre!
The postmarks made me smile too!

Postcard 3: Wilmot Pass, Fiordland
Thank you so  much, Aaron for choosing this awesome postcard for me!

This UNESCO Site includes 4 National Parks namely:

1. Aoraki/Mt Cook
2. Fiordland
3. Mt. Aspiring
4. Westland

HUNGARY - Old Village of Hollókő and its Surroundings

"Hollokö is an outstanding example of a deliberately preserved traditional settlement. This village, which developed mainly during the 17th and 18th centuries, is a living example of rural life before the agricultural revolution of the 20th century." -

Postcard 1
"This card shows the charming little village where Hungarian still keep the traditions...", shares Julia.
Thank you so much Julia for this great postcard!

Postcard 2
Thank you so much, Edit for sending me this wonderful postcard!
And am so happy with the postcrossing stamp you used!

TURKEY - Hierapolis-Pamukkale

"Deriving from springs in a cliff almost 200 m high overlooking the plain, calcite-laden waters have created at Pamukkale (Cotton Palace) an unreal landscape, made up of mineral forests, petrified waterfalls and a series of terraced basins. At the end of the 2nd century B.C. the dynasty of the Attalids, the kings of Pergamon, established the thermal spa of Hierapolis. The ruins of the baths, temples and other Greek monuments can be seen at the site." -

Postcard 1
"Pammukale means "Cotton Castle" because of the strange, natural white rocks in the area. I think it looks like snow", shares ctrekoza. Thank you so much for this card!

Postcard 2

Thank you so much Namzi for sharing with me this UNESCO card for our RR!

Postcard 3
Thank you so much "SihirliFlut" for this UNESCO card for our RR!

Postcard 4
Thank you so much Dr. Comce for sharing this wonderful postcard with me!

RUSSIA - Volcanoes of Kamchatka

"This is one of the most outstanding volcanic regions in the world, with a high density of active volcanoes, a variety of types, and a wide range of related features. The six sites included in the serial designation group together the majority of volcanic features of the Kamchatka peninsula. The interplay of active volcanoes and glaciers forms a dynamic landscape of great beauty. The sites contain great species diversity, including the world's largest known variety of salmonoid fish and exceptional concentrations of sea otter, brown bear and Stellar's sea eagle." -

Postcard 1
Thank you so much for sharing this postcard with me, Julia!
And I so like the forest stamp...

Postcard 2

Thank you so much Evgeniya for choosing this postcard with amazing view for me!
Makes me dream of going to a place with snow someday.
The stamps are great too! ^-^