Muroran: The slowly dying Hokkaido town

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http://www.wordpress.tokyotimes.org/muroran-the-slowly-dying-hokkaido-town/

Interesting article about a dying town in Hokkaido.

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Decaying Street and Community.

Walking around Nagasaki, looking for the Glover sky road, I found a street full of old and abandoned buildings.
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Whilst walking down the street, I passed a mother and her young child. An old lady in a shop chatted to them, remarking how much the kid had grown, and general chit-chat like that. It made me sad, because this street and it’s sense of community are dying, soon to be replaced with apartments where people socialise online, but don’t even know their neighbours names…

Anyway, on with the pictures.
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This house is definitely abandoned.

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This one looks abandoned, but…
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The vending machine is still working!
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Some more pictures of the street and buildings.

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This last house is actually a combined cleaning shop of some kind and house, and it looks abandoned but there was someone in the kitchen cooking dinner!

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Here is the front of the shop/house.

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That’s the end of the street and the end of my report.

Thanks for reading!

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Former British Consulate (Yataro Noguchi Art Museum)

Looking for abandoned places in Nagasaki, I checked out a Japanese web site called, interestingly ‘Haikyo Crap’, which has a nice map showing you all the abandoned places near you.  Check it out at this link, http://haikyo.crap.jp/, or from the blog roll.

Only place near me was a big, red brick building, so off I went to check it out.  Using GPS and open street maps, it wasn’t too hard to locate this massive abandonment in the middle of Nagasaki!

Some photos, then some background.

The front gates:

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As you can see, there are two small, identical, rusted gates at either end of the front wall.

Lets look through the gates….

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Looks in good condition, just a bit overgrown.  You might be able to see, hidden in the foliage, the tourist information board.   Turns out that this is the Former British Consulate, later used as the Yataro Noguchi Art Museum.  I knew the name of the place when I saw this sign at the back of the building:

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And checked on the web for some more info.  Turns out it was in use until 2007 as an art museum, when t was closed for repair, restoration and strengthening work.  However, seven years later, and no work seems to have started yet……here is what it looked like in it’s prime:

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The information and this painting comes from this site and this web search:

http://railwayrider-nagasakiperspectives.blogspot.jp/2012/01/nostalgia-britannica.html

https://duckduckgo.com/?q=former%20nagasaki%20british%20consulate

So next, I went around the side

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By standing on the flowerbed wall, you can see into the compound.  If you had appropriate clothes, and hadn’t been flown to Nagasaki by your company for work like me, getting in and looking around would be very easy.

This is the main building from the side street:

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And here is a corridor/room in the back of the property, leading to another large building.

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And here is the large building at the back of the property.

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Some close-ups of the building.

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This is the inside of a small room next to the side wall.

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An finally, around the the outside of the large building at the back of garden area. This are is facing the street, and this is where the sign I showed you earlier was.

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That’s all for this post.  If you go to Nagasaki, you should definately check this place out.

Thanks for reading!

 

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Nagasaki!

So I went to Nagasaki on business for 3 days, and managed to take 130 photos, including two different abandoned sites!  I’ll save those for later, and do a general picture/travel post about Nagasaki now.

I love Nagasaki, because it has sea and mountains close together, and the scenery is stunning.  Also, the people are really friendly!

When arriving at Nagasaki airport, you can see this island in the middle of the sea.

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The next morning, this was the view from my hotel.  Nagasaki has so many, I stay in a different one each time I go!

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After work one day, I went exploring as I got out a little early.

I found a couple of abandoned places, which I’ll put in separate posts, but I also went up Glover sky road to take in the view.  It was cloudy, and hammering it down with rain that day, I got so wet but it was worth it!

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Well worth going up there if you ever go to Nagasaki, and it’s free!  Be warned, though, it’s like a lift, and has no air-con, so you won’t want to ride the Sky road in summer…..

Here are some general shots of Nagasaki I took.

Here you can see the extremely low clouds rolling over the top of the mountains.

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And here is a picture of the small port behind where I was working.

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And here is an old house in the middle of Nagasaki city.

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And Nagasaki train station.

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Lastly, some views from the bus on the way back to Nagasaki Airport.

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And finally, back at the airport.

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Thanks for reading!

 

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They Stumbled Upon This In The Woods. Beneath It, They Made A Terrifyingly Awesome Discovery. | Diply

http://diply.com/fun/they-stumbled-upon-this-in-woods-beneath-it-they/43527/1

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Not Japan, but an interesting abandoned place in Germany.

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Partially Collapsed and Partially Inhabited….

Wandering around looking for some interesting building to write about, I stumbled upon this:

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It’s a row of single floor houses, very old style, but still fairly common around this area. They are often abandoned.

The middle unit was some kind of shop.

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Moving along to the end of the block…

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But check out the condition of the back of the end house.

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Completely collapsed! And overgrown, too. What a mess! And what a fantastic sight!

Moving back down to the other end of the block of houses, and I saw this….

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A light is on! Unbelievably, someone is actually living in this semi-collapsed block of houses! 信じられない!

Some pictures of the TV antenna on top of the houses.

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One the craziest things I’ve seen in my search for 廃墟 (abandoned buildings).

Thanks for looking!

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Abandoned Arcade Discovered By An Old Woman

http://www.kirainet.com/english/abandoned-arcade-discovered-by-an-old-woman/

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