It’s Under There Somewhere…..

So my work took me to Mihara near Hiroshima for the first time ever last week.  Despite recommendations to get a taxi from the station to where I was working, naturally I walked to see if I could find any interesting abandonment. And I wasn’t disappointed…..

I found a great abandoned house on the way to work, and another abandoned house and an abandoned apartment building on the way back to the station.  However, they are nothing compared to this completely overgrown apartment building, so I’ll stick them all together in another post.

Anyway, walking around some tiny back streets searching for things to photograph, I saw this……

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An apartment building completely engulfed in plants!  So naturally, I spent the next 20 minutes trying to capture it from all angles.

No way to go up the stairs.

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The top floor is completely overgrown!

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As is the ground floor.

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There are some nice details, like this pipe.


The door (locked, not that I wanted to enter anyway. too much of a health hazard, and I’d already been spotted at this point…).


And the partially hidden electricity meter.


There was a half open door at the other end of the building, so I had a look inside.

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A store for old bottles?  Not sure if it’s in current use, or these are long abandoned, so I left it.

Next, I walked around the other end of the building.


Turns out there is a car park around the back of the apartment building, so I went and had a look at the other side.

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At this point, an elderly gentleman approached me, and asked me what I was doing.  So I explained to him in Japanese that I like old, abandoned buildings, and I was just taking a few pictures.  He seemed happy enough with that, so I asked him a few questions.  Turns out this building  had about 5 apartments in it, but had been abandoned for quite a few years.

This is one of my favorite finds ever, but not the best thing I saw that day.  In the complex I was working in that day, there was a huge, rotting, rusting factory.  Massive pipes and stuff everywhere!  Sadly, taking photos on company property is a big no-no, so I’ll leave you with a couple of images pinched from Google earth.

As it once looked.

MHI factory

It’s current rusted state.

MHI warehouse

Sadly, these images don’t do it justice at all……it must be about 500 meters by 50 meters of rusting abandonment, big holes rotted in the walls and everything.  So painful to walk past without taking a single picture….. :(

I’ll make another post of the other buildings I found in Mihara.

Thanks for reading!

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Hiroshima Airport.


This is the story of my trip to the old Hiroshima airport.  I’ve worked near here quite often, but as far as I was aware the main buildings were still in use, despite flights stopping some years ago.  Currently, there is a rather infrequent helicopter service running from here, and I though there was a shopping mall in the old terminal building.  Having read the Wikipedia entry linked above, however, it seemed it may be more abandoned than I had thought.  So I went to check it out….

The car park looking quite abandoned.

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Here is the name of the shopping mall that used to be here when the airport was open, and a space to put adverts for the shops etc.  This is just behind the taxis. All empty now….

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WP_20150828_16_58_41_ProI really loved these!

Next, I moved on to the corner of the L-shaped building.

An entrance, and an old sign.

WP_20150828_16_59_28_ProWP_20150828_16_59_18_ProWP_20150828_16_59_37_ProOn the other side of this was the terminal check-in area!

The lights are on, but no one is home….

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WP_20150828_17_08_02_ProWas it still open?  A quick look through the window said…

WP_20150828_17_08_17_ProThen I found…a way in!  An unlocked door, to allow staff of the helicopter company to come in and out.

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Yes, I did.  After sneaking past the entrance to the helicopter companies offices on the right, it was past the bollards and down the corridor on the left.

A couple of minutes walk brought me to the doors that lead to the check-in area I’d seen through the window earlier.


At this point, I left due to the fact that I was completely unprepared as I never imagined I’d be able to gain access. I had 3 or 4 kinds of ID on me, including my company ID card, a massive back pack due to an overnight stay in Hiroshima last night ready for work today,  even a company laptop!  Also, right outside the window I took photos through earlier, was a bus stop!  To much exposure, too risky…

Anyway, now I know it’s accessible, next time I’m in the area for a few days rather than a one night stay, maybe I’ll check it out, and see if I can get up to the second floor….

Thanks for reading!

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Ugly Beautiful.

Wandering around near Nagoya station, I came across this brutal looking building.

WP_20150616_18_28_45_RichSo naturally, I decided to go over and check it out.

On closer inspection, it looked mostly abandoned, but maybe people were still living there.

There was some graffiti, too a rarity even now in Japan.

The pictures do it more justice than my words can, so I’ll let them speak for themselves.

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I do like the contrast between the old, rotting building and the bright yellow moped, though.


Thanks for reading!

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Abandoned Beauty Salon.

I’ve been wanting to take a few pictures of this place for a while.

I go past it most weekends, but never got round to it until this weekend.  Normally I drive past it, and it’s a pain in the arse to park nearby, but last weekend I was on a bicycle.  Also, lots of abandoned places around here have been being demolished, and I didn’t want this place to go before I got some shots, especially as there have been workmen in there recently.

I’ll apologise for the poor quality of the pictures now, as my lovely Lumia 920 with OIS and pureview Carl Zeiss lens died, and I have a small phone with a poor camera to fill in at the moment.   I’ll go back when my new phone arrives.

On with the pics.


I love the drawings on here so much!  And it’s so rusty, too.

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Abandoned Houses in Aichi.

Out for a walk to try and clear a stinking migrane I had, I spotted a path I’d never wandered down before.  The headache probably explains how I managed to take so many blurry pictures without noticing.  I apologise in advance.


So I thought I’d have a little look, seeing as there were some old-looking buildings down there.  Little did I know what I’d find…..

Hello, what’s this, an open door?


Old looking house, too.  So I thought I’d have a quick peek inside.


It looked abandoned and fully open, so in I went.


First thing I saw was an old chair, followed by the washing machine!


A quick look at the state of the floors told me I wouldn’t be venturing any further than the hallway.


Roof wasn’t much better, either.


Still, plenty to be seen from the door way.

Like the kitchen, and the a fan and picture in the first room from the entrance.


Nice light switch and light fitting in the entrance, too.



To the left from the entrance, two more rooms.

The first was hard to see without going inside.

WP_20150214_14_24_43_ProThe next was a bedroom towards the back of the house.

The cupboard you can see is where the futons would be stored during the day, only to be brought out at bedtime.  It’s a pretty old style set up.



And between the kitchen and sleeping area, a collapsing hallway into the garden.  I think….WP_20150214_14_23_49_Pro


And one small window and a sink in the rooms to the right of the entrance.



And that’s about it.  Walking down the rest of the street though, turns out there are loads of abandoned, open houses in the same row.  So I’ll be headed back next chance I get.  Here is a taster, though.


Thanks for reading!

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2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 8,700 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

This blog is going on hiatus while I try and improve my rather low level of Japanese.   Back sometime in 2015!



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