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wish this was London Underground! without the Stalin imput!
Recently I spotted an article in the Nagasaki Shimbun noting that the latest 007 James Bond film, Skyfall, features the Japanese ghost island of Hashima (端島), otherwise known as Gunkanjima (軍艦島) – ‘Battleship Island’.
The last rays of light were falling behind the trees as I exited a cursed love hotel, but my sense of excitement had yet to fade. So before wrapping up my solitary ruins exploration for the day, I decided to sweep the neighbourhood.
There's an area in Miyagi Prefecture called Kejonuma that's home to an arresting legend. Kejonuma means 'pond of the ghost woman,' and the tale that gave birth to this ...
Nakasuji, who took the pictures for the “Ruins” series of books, added that he thinks that those people who like ruins are hungry for reality.
“They’ve got jaded by virtual realities and fictions,” Nakasuji said. “When they see ruins, which are the ultimate form of reality, they are impressed.”
The reality that abandoned buildings show is failure and death, Nakata observed — to which Nakasuji responded by saying that when he sees grass growing through cracks in floors or moss covering buildings, he feels they are signs of the natural cycle of birth and death and rebirth that is at the very heart of Buddhism.
The sound of bells echoes through the monastery at Gion Shoja, telling all who hear it that nothing is permanent. The flowers of the sala trees show that all that ...
“It’s something you don’t see in everyday life in cities or even in the countryside,” Gakuran said as he explained his attraction to ruins. “You don’t really see manmade structures being reclaimed by nature, but that natural decay is quite interesting,” he said.
I know, what a title eh? Words have failed me. Or perhaps I have failed them.
It was only a matter of time before I was consumed by the idea; a forbidden labyrinth consisting of hundreds of kilometres of tunnels stretching into the darkness beneath the vibrant streets of Paris.
I usually know a good location when I see one. The Red Villa, as the nickname goes, looked like a place with a story.
Amanda Norman's Gothic and horror photography galleries - Photographs showcasing the wonderful and mysterious landscapes of graveyards and Victorian cemeteries. - a photo gallery powered by Photobox
Haikyo hospitals are undoubtedly some of the most interesting urbex places to explore anywhere in the world.
T’was the brink of winter in mainland Japan when haikyo buddy Florian and I decided to venture north.
Ruins are known in Japan as ‘Haikyo’ (廃墟) – literally ‘abandoned place’. The word has become synonymous here with Urban Exploration, or Urbex for short, which is the exploration of man-made sites usually hidden or restricted from the general public.
On a scorching hot day in late June, some 20 tourists were gazing at the fenced-off entrance of an abandoned tunnel named Taura Zuido (Taura Tunnel) in the Kanagawa Prefecture ...
“I have a mission to record the old abandoned roads by taking pictures of them and writing about them,” he said, citing as his driving force the comments about his photos that viewers of his Web site report. Typical of those comments, he said, “was one that said, ‘I used to walk on this road decades ago.’ ”
“When I get such reactions, I feel I am rewarded,” he said.
However, he also felt obliged to remind his audience that exploring old, abandoned roadways can be a dangerous pastime.
In particular, he reminded those who would follow in his footsteps that out there in the often long grass may lurk not only sharp leaves and spiky plants, but also mosquitoes and leeches. Then there can be falling rocks and sometimes even bears to watch out for, too.
Despite all that, though, Hiranuma concluded by confessing that he loves to explore abandoned roads . . . both for the adventure and to keep knowledge of them alive.
A collection of haikyo articles penned by Japan Times staff writer Eriko Arita ventures into the deeper meaning behind ruins exploration and its popularity in Japan. A mention of my thoughts of the subject are included in one of the stories.
What's the deeper meaning behind the ruins to you?
Just shy of a year ago I came across an age-old medical shack hidden in the heart of the Japanese countryside.
Way back when I was first beginning the hobby of Urban Exploration in the UK, I visited a site fairly close to home. The Grain Tower is located on a mud-flat at the east end of the Isle of Grain and is a well-known spot for exploration.
It's hard to resist rubbernecking when we pass an accident on the freeway. What's happening is none of our business, but we do it anyway.