Nagoya From the Towers at Nagoya Station.

Long time no post, cos I’ve been busy and stuff, so here after some scenic views of Nagoya from the 12th floor of the Marriott hotel tower at Nagoya station.

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Test post. And a Nice Picture of Sakae TV Tower in Nagoya.

New phone, new WordPress app, so I’m giving it a test.

This is Sakae TV Tower in Nagoya, on a cloudy summers day.

I can highly recommend windows phone, by the way.


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That Was Then and This is Now.

And you get kudos points for knowing which English band I ‘m quoting in the title….

So, periodically, I’ll revisit sites I went to before, to check how they are holding up.

This place was one of my first posts, back at the start of May, 2014.  Here is the link to the original article:

As it was so badly damaged, I’d thought I’d go check if it was still standing.  I was in for a shock….because this:


Had turned into this!


In less than 3 months, it had been completely overtaken by greenery!

I searched for the bicycle I’d seen originally.


And I found it!


And an abandoned umbrella for good measure.


I took a few more shots which I’ll put up for you now.

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This is just to the right of the main house.

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Pictures of the inside from the back.  At this point, I was attacked by a cicada, and was also being bitten to death by mosquitoes.

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Next, I went around the side.  As always, I like a nice letter box shot.

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This is a window just to the left of the letter box.


That’s not a light on inside, just the sun shining through the massive hole in the back of the house.

Next, the front.   It used to look like this.


Less overgrown than the back. Not so different, really.

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I’ll go pay it another visit after the next strong quake or typhoon, to see if it’s still standing.  But it might be, because I think the plants have actually increased the structural integrity!

Thanks for reading!

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Water/Sewage Treatment Plant.


All in Japanese, but some great pictures.


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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.

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.


This house is definitely abandoned.


This one looks abandoned, but…


The vending machine is still working!

Some more pictures of the street and buildings.




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!




Here is the front of the shop/house.



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,, 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:


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:

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.



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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