At a time when statues representing histories of slavery, racism and colonialism are being toppled across the United States and worldwide, Japan is moving in the opposite direction. It has – this very month – opened a new historical center that completely ignores historical crimes.
Despite the claims of a former resident of the island, Japanese abuses against Koreans were widespread.
Hashima Island was a Japanese coal-producing powerhouse, but after its reserves became depleted it slowly transformed into an abandoned relic.
Nagasaki’s World Heritage haikyo “ruin porn”…
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.
Thanks to the ongoing “ruins tour boom” and the World Heritage registration, Manda Coal Mine has gained renewed attention from both within and outside of Japan. Mikiko would like to take this opportunity to introduce to you the history and the points of interest of the coal mine and share the writer experience of visiting it.