Abandoned Factory in Iwatsuka.

So, on the way home from work, on the same day I photoed the abandoned shops, I stopped by my main target, the abandoned small factory: WP_20140909_16_28_01_Pro This place I’ve been past a few times, and has many interesting details. The stairs: WP_20140909_16_28_17_Pro The outside toilet…….nice……. WP_20140909_16_28_48_Pro Some signs:   WP_20140909_16_29_28_Pro WP_20140909_16_29_05_ProSome general stuff left behind by the owner:


The stairs, electricity meter and some garbage from just outside the forecourt wall:

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And my favorite, the letter box shot:


Finally, a picture of a broken window.


This is on the right hand side of the building, as you look at the front.

Unfortunately, this is the final picture, because at this point, I looked up, and noticed one of the upstairs office windows was open.  So somebody has been in there? Is this place really abandoned?

Then I looked left, and noticed a van parked in front of the building, with a guy getting out wondering why I was taking pictures of his building!

Deciding that discretion is the better part of valor, I perfected the art of walking away quickly enough to dissuade pursuit, but not so quickly that it I appeared to be running away….little was I to know that this was a skill that would come in handy the next day, too.

Thanks again for reading!

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Abandoned Shops in Nagoya.

On my way to work at a lab in Iwatsuka, Nagoya, and I passed my favourite group of abandoned shops. I also noticed that the abandoned tax dormitory I featured as one of my first posts is being converted for use again….. abandoned no more, sadly. Only a few pictures of this, as my main target was on the way home.

And I know the yellow building probably isn’t abandoned, but I think it looks fantastic, so I left it in.

The main shop, with the ripped up awning is a type of restaurant called a yaki-niku (焼肉) restaurant. I recommend you try yaki-niku if you ever come to Japan. It’s great!

Thanks for reading!

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Doomed Arcade/Mall.

WP_20140825_21_00_20_ProFirst night in Takasago, and I decide to go for a little wander.  Completely by chance, I stumble upon this…..almost completely abandoned old shopping mall/arcade!  I couldn’t believe my luck!  Being about 9.30 at night, the place was completely deserted, giving it a really spooky, abandoned atmosphere.

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WP_20140825_21_05_51_ProSo, after getting caught up in the abandoned houses and abandoned clinic on my second day in Takasago, I went back to the mall/arcade (which is the correct term?  I’m really not sure…) on my last day there, in the early evening to get some daylight shots.

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The house you see below is the back of shop in the middle on the the left of this picture.

The musical instrument shop is down here on the left.  It’s the only open shop in this alleyway.

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That light is the musical instrument shop.  Apart from that, all the units are dead.

WP_20140827_18_41_20_Pro WP_20140827_18_41_32_ProI wandered outside again, and managed to get around the back of the shops.  Some of them were also houses, which are also abandoned now.

This wall is the wall of the dark part of the arcade from the outside.  If you open that door, you’ll arrive straight back into the dark corridor.  To the left is the back of the music shop, and to the right is an abandoned shop/house.

WP_20140827_18_44_26_Pro WP_20140827_18_43_16_ProAnd here are some pictures of the abandoned house which is behind the abandoned shop that fronts onto the arcade street.  Must have been a family business at some point, but now there is no way to know what they even sold….

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Thanks for looking!

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Old Town, Old Buildings.


I had the pleasure of being in Takasago, in Hyogo prefecture, for 3 nights on business.  If you’d ever been to Takasago, you’d probably wonder why I’d enjoy staying in a town that has a business hotel, a train station, a convenience store and, er, that’s it.  It’s what the Japanese call ‘Inaka’, basically very rural and quiet.  But because the town is so quiet, it also has many old buildings. This is my 2nd post, showing all the old, abandoned houses I could find.  Basically, I found one old, abandoned house, then started wandering around the back streets, taking photos of all the old , abandoned buildings I found.  Which was a lot.  So I’m just gonna put up all the pictures for you to enjoy, without any notes.  Hope you like them.



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Sorry for the all pictures together style, by the way, it’s not my normal approach, and I’ll try not to do it too often.

Out of interest, I’m writing this on the shinkansen to Hiroshima, using a Windows 8 tablet, a bluetooth keyboard, and tethering the data connection from my Lumina.  Ain’t technology great?

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So, I’ve been to Shinagawa a few times for work, first couple of times I was really impressed, but now it’s a bit meh.
Still, it’s better than being stuck in the office…

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Abandoned Clinic.

So whilst staying in Takasago, Hyogo prefecture, I started looking around for all the different abandoned buildings I could find, because there is basically bugger all else to do there.  And I found some great stuff, including this abandoned clinic and the connected house.


I tired the front door, and had a good look around, but it seems to be sealed up tight, so only pictures from the outside, unfortunately.



It was this bike stand that got ma attention in the first place…..


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A view along the side of the clinic.


And some night shots.

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And last of all, the sign.


This is the first part of three reports from Takasago, I’ll leave the best for last…….


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General Abandonment in Narumi.

So, I’ve taken a lot of photos of many abandoned places recently, but technical problems, combined with a hectic work schedule, are preventing me from publishing finished articles. To keep this place ticking over for now, here are a few random pictures I snapped on the way to Narumi station after walking over an hour to find another abandoned site.

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