Also called “Battleship Island”, Hashima Island off the coast of Japan was once the most densely populated city on planet earth. From 1890 to 1974, the island was a coal mining facility. But when petroleum replaced coal in the 1960′s, coal mines across Japan began shutting down and Hashima was abandoned, giving it a new nickname, “Ghost Island.”

Proper want to go there. :(


Ghost Island, abandoned since 1974

During the industrial revolution in Japan, the Mitsubishi company built this remote island civilization around large coal deposits in theNagasaki islands. The island is home to some of Japan’s first high rise concrete buildings, and for almost a century, mining thrived on the island.

Today, a post-apocalyptic vibe haunts the abandoned island and the dilapidated towers and empty streets exist in a creepy industrial silence. In 2009, the island opened to tourists, so now you can take a trip to explore the Ghost Island’s abandoned movie theaters, apartment towers, and shops.


    Hashima Island, Nagasaki, Japan. This former coal mining facility once housed thousands of workers during the industrialisation of Japan. Tall concrete apartment complexes were built to pack workers onto the small island, and a large seawall was built around it to protect against tsunamis. As petroleum replaced coal, the island was eventually completely abandoned. 


Gunkanjima - Hashima

“The island was populated from 1887 to 1974 as a coal mining facility. The island’s most notable features are the abandoned and undisturbed concrete apartment buildings and the surrounding sea wall. The island has been administered as part of Nagasaki city since the merger of the former town of Takashima in 2005.[citation needed]

It is known for its coal mines and their operation during the industrialization of JapanMitsubishi bought the island in 1890 and began the project, the aim of which was retrieving coal from undersea mines. They built Japan’s first large concrete building (9 stories high),[1] a block of apartments in 1916 to accommodate their burgeoning ranks of workers. Concrete was specifically used to protect against typhoondestruction. In 1959, the 6.3-hectare (16-acre) island’s population reached its peak of 5,259, with a population density of 835 people perhectare (83,500 people/km2, 216,264 people per square mile) for the whole island, or 1,391 per hectare (139,100 people/km2) for the residential district.[2][not in citation given]

As petroleum replaced coal in Japan in the 1960s, coal mines began shutting down all over the country, and Hashima’s mines were no exception. Mitsubishi officially announced the closing of the mine in 1974, and today it is empty and bare, which is why it is called Ghost Island.[3] Travel to Hashima was re-opened on April 22, 2009 after 35 years of closure.[4]


Gunkanjima (“Battleship Island”) has been deserted since 1972.

Off the West coast of Japan, this island was built after the discovery of coal in 1810 which let to the installation of mining activities and therefore gave rise to a population.

After coal was replaced by petroleum and mines were closed, people were forced to leave and the concrete island was left as it was for decades. Now open to public, let’s just hope it doesn’t turn into a tourist attraction and keeps its nostalgic authenticity.

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The Gray Man of Pawleys Island

- Ghosts and Hauntings

- Pawleys Island, South Carolina, early 1800s, a young man is getting ready to visit his love, a love he has not seen in a long time as he has been out at sea. He plans to journey to the other side of the island, to his beloveds home, to ask for her hand in marriage.

A young woman readies her home for an expected arrival, her man that she has not seen in a long time. She prepares the house, getting everything ready and perfect, as she was told he had a surprise and something to ask her and she had a good idea of what that was. At any moment her beloved would make his arrival known and hopefully after this evening they would never again be long parted.

The man leaves his home with a companion on horse, eager to quickly cross the distance to the other side of the island. They follows the road for a ways before deciding on taking a short cut through a marsh and taking a more direct, off road route.

As the sky darkens and night begins to fall, the marsh takes on a orange hue but the man need not worry as he is making good time. However, his horse stumbles and he is thrown into the marsh, the water and mud quickly grip him tight and slowly begin to pull him under. His companion tries to reach him to pull him free but it is not just water he has fallen into but also quicksand and soon he gets his last glimpse through living eyes as his world turns black.

Back at her home the young woman waits patiently but her love never arrives. Soon news reaches her of the tragedy that has befallen them, her love dead, taken into the marsh. She is devastated and takes to walking the along the beach on her own.

One evening while making her regular walk along the strand, she comes across a solitary man dressed in gray staring out over the ocean. There was something about the way he stood that seemed familiar and as curiosity got the better of her she approached him. As she got closer the man turned around so she could see his face. Her heart skipped a beat as she recognised her love… but how was this possible?

Before she could ask any questions the man, her love, told her to leave, that the island was not safe. Before she could protest he disappeared.

More distraught than ever, she returns home and tells her parents of what took place. Whether they believed in the warning or not isn’t known, but she was so distraught and determined to listen to her dead lovers advice that they left the following day for the mainland.

When they returned to the island they come home to devastation. A hurricane had gone through the island destroying everything it touched. However, asides from the young woman and her family one other thing survived the storm… their family home.

This is one version of the origins story of the ‘Gray Man of Pawleys Island’. There are lots of different versions but most tend to stick close to the version written here. However, where they differ is the identities of the young man who would in turn become the Gray Man – some place him as being the son of the original owner of the Pelican Inn found on the island. Some other versions state the Gray Man is the ghost of the pirate Black Beard (obviously in this case the origin story is much different)!

Regardless of who the Gray Man is, the story does not end with that one storm and the saving of that one family. The Gray Man is not an isolated incident, but he has appeared to quite a few people over the last two centuries and whenever he is seen another massive storm soon follows.

He is typically seen by only one or two people at a time, is typically dressed in gray, does not usually talk but when he does it is to warn, and when he does not talk people get the idea why he is there anyway.

If seen by larger groups of people it is usually at a distance, such as when he appeared to a family in 1893. He was seen at a distance and was waving, not in greeting but in warning. The family seemed to 'just know’ what was happening and followed their instincts to leave the island. The following day the 'Sea Islands Hurricane’ killed well over a thousand people but the family were saved.

The Gray Man does not always appear near the water but has also been known to appear inside buildings and homes. In 1954, a newly married couple were enjoying their honeymoon on Pawleys Island, when they received a very early morning knock at the door. Upon answering they were greeted by a man dressed in gray who told them that they needed to leave the island due to the approach of a large and deadly storm. Beyond the man the skies seemed clear, but before the couple could question the mans warning, he disappeared right in front of them. One second he was there, the next he was gone. The newly-weds left the island immediately and within days Hurricane Hazel swept though killing many people and destroying many homes.

The Gray Man has been seen a number of times since, most notably before Hurricane Hugo passed through the South East US states and became the (at the time) most damaging hurricane in recorded history.

However, for all the devastation these and other storms have caused Pawleys Island, one thing always astounds – the homes of those who see the Gray Man and heed his warning are typically spared or suffer a lot less damage then their neighbours. Many believe the Gray Man not only saves the lives of those he warns but also may have a hand in saving their property.

What stories have you heard about the Gray Man?
Have you heard a different origin story?
If so I would love to read it!

Written by Ashley Hall - The Paranormal Guide​ 2015

Photo: Pawleys Island has some beautiful coast.
Left: The Pelican Inn, one location said to be the home of the Gray Man when he still walked the living.
Right: Reported photo of the Gray Man on a Pawleys Island Beach. What do you think?

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Hashima, the ghost island of Japan. It is also known as Gunkajima or Battleship Island due to its shape. It may not look like it, but this island was once the most densely populated place on earth. Because of the big amounts of coal which lay underneath this island many families of coalworkers lived there; even schools and hospitals were built for the inhabitants. But after the decline of the coal industry it became abandoned.Currently they try to designate Hashima as an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

(You may recognize it from a scene of Skyfall. Indeed the island was an inspiration source for the director hence the resemblance.)

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There trees grow on rocks and stones float on the surface of the water
and dissolve into the mists. You can close your eyes, lie down 
on a cloud and float across the sky, enjoying the pleasant coolness.

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