Gunkanjima (Battleship Island)

Hashima Island, commonly called Gunkanjima ( meaning Battleship Island), is an abandoned island near the city of Nagasaki.
Hashima’s main features are its abandoned concrete buildings.

The island was known for its undersea coal mines, established in 1887, which operated during the industrialization of Japan. The island reached a peak population of over 5000 in 1959. In 1974, with the coal reserves nearing depletion, the mine was closed and all of the residents departed. The island is essentially a laboratory for showing what happens to concrete buildings in a abandoned environment. For architects they are good subjects of research.

Mr. Hisaki Klosawa is a gunkanjima evangelist, movie maker and musician.
He has been watching  the island  for over 20 years and  making films.
Below are  some of his  photos, which will give you a very good idea about what Hashirama looks like today.

The islanders’ bound were strong.

(shared lavatory)

The company-owned house was built at the time of World War I.

It is 100 years old. The floors fall down and pile up, there is no wall.

Trace of conveyor pillar like ancient ruins

Trailer of his DVD.

The above photograph is taken by Hisaki Kurosawa He permitted to use them.

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