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The Abandoned Island of Hashima also known as Battleship Island(Gunkanjima)

founded in 1887 its industry was based around it’s undersea coal mines. in 1974 the mines closed after the coal resources were depleted. and almost overnight the islands population left for the mainland leaving behind a concrete time capsule that went untouched for nearly three decades.    

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In a recent photo shoot and interview with W magazine, Song Joong Ki opened up about his recent happenings and his upcoming movie.

As the cover model for the upcoming issue, the actor basks in the Californian sun as he poses in a desert-like landscape, somewhere in Los Angeles.

Song Joong Ki has been relatively out of the spotlight, with his last small screen production being KBS’s hit 2016…

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Hashima (端島), commonly called Gunkanjima (軍艦島; meaning Battleship Island) is one of the most remarkable of a series of hundreds of deserted Japanese islands. Once a thriving coal-mining city its population density grew to be the highest on the planet, packing over 13,000 people into each square kilometer. Workers were crammed vertically in ever-growing buildings and walked daily through ever-narrowing streets. 

It operated from 1887 until 1974, after which the coal industry fell into decline and the mines were shut for good. With their jobs gone and no other reason to stay, almost overnight the entire population fled back to the mainland, leaving most of their stuff behind to rot. The island was given a new nickname, “The Ghost Island.”

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Gunkanjima, 2013.

Some more shots from my trip to Hashima Island (Gunkanjima) near Nagasaki, an abandoned mining town. These ones were shot with Adox Silvermax with my Cosina CX-2.

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Gunkanjima, 2013.

On a recent visit to Japan I was extremely fortunate to visit Hashima island, also known as Gunkanjima (battleship island). Gunkanjima is a man-made reclaimed land island off the coast of Nagasaki that was a self-contained mining town until it closed in 1974, soon falling into disrepair. It is now open for limited visits as a tourist attraction and it is hoped it will attain World Heritage status.

It is an extraordinary location with a fascinating history and an intoxicating atmosphere. Although designed on an industrial basis as it has slowly fallen apart it has taken on a brutalist appearance, a sort of decay-induced accidental modernism, which is quite beautiful.

The island was recently featured in the James Bond film “Skyfall”.

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This is a better version… A man who grew up on Battleship Island (Hashima Island) visits 28 years after it’s been abandoned. Imagine your childhood home in ruins…

The so-called “Gunkan-jima” (meaning “battleship island” in English), is a popular name given to Hashima Island located about 15 kilometres off the coast of Nagasaki, Japan. It once had a coal mining facility, and at its peak was the most densely populated place in the world; but now the place is completely deserted. The island has numerous abandoned concrete buildings surrounded by a high wall which makes it look like a formidable marine fortress. Added to that the whole shape of it resembles the Japanese battleship “Tosa” so much that it has come to be known as “Battleship Island ”. The rumour has it that during the second world war a US marine once hit it with a torpedo mistaking it for a battleship.
It is one of the most well-known ruins of Japan and its unique landscape and atmosphere continue to fascinate and capture the imagination of people today. Visits to the island is officially prohibited but some people still manage to sneak in there anyway!
Apparently Nagasaki City has started to do restoration work on some parts of the island from this year in order to make a public viewing possible.