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Gunkanjima, also known as Hashima or ‘Ghost’ Island, was once a thriving coal-mining operation with more than 5,200 inhabitants. When the coal ran out in 1974, the mysterious place was totally abandoned.
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Photographer Kenji Sato is always on the lookout for a weird locale to capture in his lens, and is prepared to travel the world to find it.
For a change, he didn’t have to venture too far. Sato, 39, found what he was looking for in the abandoned coal-mining island of Hashima, nicknamed “Gunkanjima,” or Battleship Island, because its silhouette resembles a warship.
Sato’s new photo book, titled “The Island: Gunkanjima,” is his effort to preserve a sense of the decaying concrete buildings before they are lost forever.
“I don’t know whether the current sights can last another five or 10 years,” said the Tokyo-based photographer. “I wanted to preserve the sights now for the future.”
Sato has made a career out of photographing ruins–the weirder the better–around the world, and is well known for his book “Kikai Isan” (“The Wonderland’s Heritage”) dedicated to bizarre places, and other works.
Read more from source: Photographer with eye for the odd turns lens on Battleship Island：The Asahi Shimbun
Do yourself a favour and get off the main island when you’re on a Japan vacation. In particular, head to Kyushu, the nation’s southernmost major island.
There are four major islands in Japan, but most people don’t make it off the main island, Honshu. We get it. Honshu has Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, and Kobe, and that’s not even getting to any of the smaller centres like Takayama or Nikko that are charming beyond all measure. That being said, do yourself the favour and get off the main island when you’re on a Japan vacation. In particular, head to Kyushu, the nation’s southernmost major island.
Kyushu is largely defined by three things: volcanoes, historical sites, and food. Geographically, the island is covered in volcanoes, which makes it abound with natural hot springs. Historically, the island was a major trading port due to its proximity to China and the Korean Peninsula. European traders would connect to Japan through Nagasaki via Macao and Hong Kong, making Kyushu the point of contact for far-flung foreigners.