Exploration of abandoned places.
We are heading into the new year of 2013, regretting not to have the world ended all together in 2012. Thus I am put together my favorite 15 haikyo in Japan, to remind us that the world is never too far from its final...
The place at the top of Gunkanjima Island is one of the least visited: it is the home of the masters, of those who were in control of the island.
New Zealand Village is a place that is only suitable for a perfect weather, with nice breeze and a relaxed heart.
Nara Dreamland - the last big abandoned attraction park in Japan - is still standing 2 years later after my first visit !
I am a great fun of abandoned hospitals, they are my favorite type of haikyo. Not those empty concrete buildings, but the small wooden clinics rotting away quietly in the countryside without anyone noticing.
The gigantic wooden shelves could not stand against the strong wind, nor did the limestone powder stored on those shelves which was mostly washed away with the rain.
The wind whistles through the wide open windows, when it cease, you hear he ocean waves breaking on the concrete walls of the island. The silent piano seems to be listening as well.
Gunkanjima is an abandoned metropolis that is almost beyond your imagination. Despite a history that justifies its crazy evolution the reality is hard to believable; the Island, yet tiny , is a fabulous labyrinth of...
I go first. I move slowly under the surveillance camera, I approach the barbed wire... My god, it will not be easy! I try to pull myself up, but I could only get close the damn barbed wire that is ready to slide me open...
In Yokohama, near Tokyo, is one of the most famous ruins of Japan: the Negishi Grandstand. This is a favorite spot among Japanese urban explorers but despite its outside, I have never dared to explore it.
But then I was still hesitating, weighing my judgments. Jing took the initiative and jumped on the fence like a cat on the run! Surprised, I followed without taking a second look behind. After a short dash, we are safe...
The strong winter wind is howling through the abandoned concrete blocks where there are no windows left. The casually arranged blocks were the dormitory for the workers; there are so many of them, looking like giants...
After the trip to the dark side of Belgium, we continue our journey to the residential area. The first destination is the Château Grammaire.
An urbex trip to Belgium, to the Nation of Ruins! This was on top of my checklist! The time was after a relaxing holiday in France and before returning to work in Japan.
A house in the middle of the forest is reminiscent of the adventures of Hansel and Gretel. This one is unfortunately not made of gingerbread, but maybe we will discover an old witch and her stupendous stories?
These haikyo hospitals always attract me, especially the very old ones in Japan. They possess magical and enchanting powers; thus when you walk around, there tends to be many mysterious encounters.
We got on the little boat. As soon as we left the coast, our driver shut down all the lights. Excitation is getting higher. And we can recognize Gunkanjima even in the total darkness.
In the outskirts of Nara, here is Nara Dreamland. The last bits of spirit is leaving this abandoned amusement park. Let's explore it.
The New Sky Building in Shinjuku is a structure born from the Metabolism movement, an idyllic type of architecture from the 70's that is supposed to be able to evolve through time thanks to a modular design
The lakes around Mount Fuji also experienced their heyday, however ephemeral. I go today to Lake Yamanakako, especially to visit two abandoned hotels. On the place, I find out that the former is being restored, but the...
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