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……
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.
The top floor is completely overgrown!
As is the ground floor.
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.
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.
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.
It’s current rusted state.
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!