Center likely to distort history of forced labor and claim no anti-Korean discrimination took place…
Hashima Island was a Japanese coal-producing powerhouse, but after its reserves became depleted it slowly transformed into an abandoned relic.
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South Korea is taking issue with Japan over a report on follow-up measures for a World Heritage…
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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.
There is something intriguing and almost mystical about islands. Perhaps this is due to the fact that they are often far away from our ‘real lives’. Set on their own, it takes exploration and purpose to visit these isolated places. Of course many of us live on islands or like to vacation on them. But the islands that we’re talking about are the ones which are still virtually unknown. Ones which have something special! Take a look at these 10 incredible islands and you’ll see just what we mean!
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The home of the ‘Sentineles’e tribe for 60,000 years, North Sentinel cannot be visited as anyone who sets foot there will be met by spears and arrows!
Tashirojima – Cat Island, Japan
One of Japan’s cat islands, Tashirojima boasts more feline than human inhabitants!
“Battleship Island,” as it’s known, has a tale almost dramatic as the plot of ‘Skyfall.’
IN THE 2012 James Bond film Skyfall, Daniel Craig’s 007 is lured—by a mysterious woman, naturally—to the island lair of the villainous Raoul Silva, a former MI6 agent gone rogue. Silva, the story goes, took over the island after hacking into the computers of the local chemical plant and simulating a leak, forcing the panicked inhabitants to flee overnight.
The real story of Hashima Island, which lies off the coast of Nagasaki in the East China Sea, is almost as dramatic. From the 1880s until 1974, when it was abruptly abandoned, the tiny island was a major Japanese coal mine, with tunnels stretching almost 2,000 feet under the earth.
Japan plans to make public some testimony denying that Koreans were forced to work under harsh conditions during World War II at what is now a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, government sources have said.
The controversial move could draw an angry rebuke from Seoul, which maintains that Korean workers were forced to toil in the Hashima Coal Mine off Nagasaki, on what is now known as Gunkanjima (“Battleship Island”), when the Korean Peninsula was under Japanese colonial rule between 1910 and 1945.
When the island was listed as a World Cultural Heritage site in 2015, Tokyo promised Seoul it would exhibit the history of Koreans forced to work there. Japan may continue to collect more testimony, potentially including acknowledgements of forced labor.