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If there’s a country more infatuated with receiving UNESCO heritage status than Japan, please name it.

From the Shiretoko Peninsula in Hokkaido to the low-lying islands of Okinawa (the main attraction of which, Shuri Castle, burned down last month), Japan has conquered the list of heritage classification. Shrines, mountains, great Buddha statues, primeval forests, coal mines, washi paper, washoku and castles, the nation is dotted with heritage sites, documented in this book by Kamakura-based photographer John Lander.

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