First 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.
Although there are a lot of lights, and a lot of shop signs, about 90% of them are closed and abandoned. Only a model shop selling Tamiya model kits, and a small musical instrument shop remained open for business, although I didn’t know that until I returned slightly earlier in the evening two days later. But first, a picture of the other end of the mall/arcade:
So, 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.
The musical instrument shop is down here on the left. It’s the only open shop in this alleyway.
That light is the musical instrument shop. Apart from that, all the units are dead.
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.
And 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….
It was the first time I’ve ever seen anything like this, so I was really happy to find it. I have to say it’s my favorite find so far in Japan! I call it the doomed arcade because it’s almost dead. How long until it’s knock down to make way for more houses or another shopping mall that is the same as every other mall in Japan? Not long, sadly. Less character, more blandness. That’s a real shame if you ask me.
Thanks for looking!