Another abandoned place.
Gunkanjima is the nickname of the Japanese island hashima — literally means “cruiser”, as they call it for the resemblance with a war ship. In 1810 there was opened coal mines, built a mining facility. In the 30-ies of XX century there were military factories. On a fragment of rock with a length of about half a kilometer life in full swing: there were built multi-storey residential building, hospital, school and other infrastructure. Mine went into the ground at 500-600 m. for 50 years the island was one of the most densely populated places on Earth — 5259 people per 1 km2 (the population density in the residential area reached crazy numbers 139 100 people per 1 km2).
But by 1974, instead of coal came oil, the mines closed, people left the island. Abandoned buildings are slowly destroyed.
Oceanie island was banned (officially to protect him from the “black diggers”) — at least until 2009, when the first tourist boat was able to swim up to its shores. However, participating is forbidden to climb the interior of the island, but that is where all the fun is for fans of ruins and ruins: the Intersection salty rain (here, where did not reach the waves of the sea, the inhabitants could ride out storms and typhoons), Stairway to hell (it leads to the temple of Zenpukuji, climbing stairs will exhaust you to the quite severe pain in the legs) or the Unit-65 —nine-storey residential building at 317 apartments (with appalling population density, the area of apartments was only 10 m2).
Photographer Michael Gakuran was able to get deep into the island and made a series of impressive shots. Here is what he wrote about his impressions: “Block-65 — a huge concrete monstrosity inside — rotten tatami and broken doors, neglected child doll, mauling the dummy, rusted medical equipment… Between the walls sprout trees — nature slowly but steadily takes its toll”.
It remains to add that in 2015 the island of hashima was included in the world heritage list of UNESCO as “an industrial revolution of the Meiji period: metallurgy, shipbuilding and the coal industry”.
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