Okinoshima, three reefs put on UNESCO list

Old German caves, Poland silver mines make UN heritage list

Old German caves, Poland silver mines make UN heritage list

UNESCO ― the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization ― designated eleven new sites on Sunday and may continue to do so throughout next week until the annual World Heritage Committee meeting ends on July 12.

Okinoshima is located some 60 kilometers off the coast of Fukuoka Prefecture in the Genkai Sea. Artifacts found at OkinoshimaMore than 80,000 artifacts have been unearthed in Okinoshima, including comma-shaped beads, shards of Persian glass and gold rings.

Priests from a group of Shinto shrines called Munakata Taisha are permitted to travel to worship at the site.

There are numerous taboos associated with the island.

The men who do make it to the secretive island must undergo misogi, a Japanese ritual of ablution, which involves them stripping and bathing in the sea to wash away all impurities before they step onto sacred land.

Four other related sites were added to the list as well.

Congress confirms Rahul Gandhi meeting with Chinese ambassador
Bhutan claims the territory as ts own and along with India, has objected to China constructing a road in the region. Apart from Chinese envoy, Rahul Gandhi has also met Bhutanese envoy and ex-NSA Shiv Shankar Menon.

Japan is home to numerous World Heritage sites which have allowed it to become a major tourist destination with the JNTO (Japan National Tourism Organization) estimating that the country attracted 24.03 million global tourists in 2016. The sixteenth such site was registered in 2016, with the recognition of the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo as part of The Architectural Work of Le Corbusier, an Outstanding Contribution to the Modern Movement.

The United Nations' education, science and culture branch has designated almost two dozen new locations as official World Heritage Sites in recent days, thus ensuring global efforts will go toward their preservation.

The island is a "boys only" place to visit and there is a strict law that prohibits women from reaching out to this place whatsoever. The latest listing brings the number of Japanese cultural and natural sites on the list to 21.

In addition, up to 200 men are allowed to visit only once a year, on May 27, to honour sailors who died in a nearby naval battle during the 1904-05 Russo-Japanese war.

According to the UNESCO website, the historical structure of Yazd is a collection of public-religious architecture in a very large scope comprising of different Islamic architectural elements of different periods in a harmonious combination with climatic conditions.

How could the "men-only" island be on the UNESCO World Heritage List? Only a few people are allowed on the island, that too for a yearly festival that lasts for just two hours.

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