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Abandoned poison gas factory power plant, Okunoshima, Japan

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Jan. 3rd, 2013 | 06:21 pm
posted by: dearmisterecho in abandonedplaces

Okunoshima, Japan is a small island in the Seto Inland Sea (between Honshu and Shikoku), and is famous primarily for two things. The first being the huge population of semi-wild rabbits that are found all over the island, and are so used to people that they will hop right up to you and beg for food.

The other is for it's very sordid history. You see, Okunoshima was the site of poison gas manufacturing during World War II. Because of it's size and discreet location, it was the optimum location of creating weapons secretly. The poison gas made here - including tear gas and mustard gas - was used all throughout Japan's occupation of East and Southeast Asia.  After the war, the island was quickly abandoned, and is now a tourist destination with a small resort, golf course, a tiny beach, and of course, tons of rabbits.

You don't have to go far to find ruins. Once you get off the dock, and take a right, you soon come across a rather spooky tunnel, and on the other side you see this:



Once you go threw it, you are standing right in front of one of the main power stations that supplied electricity to the weapons plants.



The signs say of course "no trespassing," but that never stops me (or anyone else, as the abundant amount of graffiti inside proves)...































If you are interested in seeing more views of this building (including detailed views of the graffiti), other buildings on the island, and of course the bunnies, I have a whole set dedicated to Okunoshima on Flickr.

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Cassie

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from: musicofyourname
date: Jan. 3rd, 2013 10:13 am (UTC)
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Wow, how beautiful and haunting! It amazes me that a place with such a terrible history can be so striking.

Also, bunnies!! LOL. :)

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oh keito

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from: dearmisterecho
date: Jan. 3rd, 2013 10:18 am (UTC)
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that's my favorite part about this island - the juxtaposition of these abandoned buildings and then CUTE FLUFFY BUNNIES! XD

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franklanguage

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from: franklanguage
date: Jan. 3rd, 2013 02:16 pm (UTC)
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I went to look at your Flickr set; I totally want to go there just to see the bunnies!

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oh keito

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from: dearmisterecho
date: Jan. 3rd, 2013 02:38 pm (UTC)
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thanks for the flickr visit! :D (I've been checking my stats throughout the day and holy shit, didn't think there were so many active members here interested in seeing my pics!)

It's one of my most favorite places I've ever been to. Because it's so small, it's a nice day trip. If you ever get a chance to come to Japan, it's only about an hour away from Hiroshima city, and it's well worth it!

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Karen

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from: byrons_brain
date: Jan. 3rd, 2013 11:15 am (UTC)
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What a beautiful building, I love all the ivy surrounding it.

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The Silver Wolf of Darkness

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from: silvolf
date: Jan. 3rd, 2013 11:22 am (UTC)
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Great photos! I really love all the plants and greenary here.

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Barking at the wind

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from: evil_little_dog
date: Jan. 3rd, 2013 03:13 pm (UTC)
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Wow, I'm now wanting another bunny for a pet, particularly one of those brindle ones. :D

These are really nice photos!

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Jessadriel Darkmountain

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from: elenbarathi
date: Jan. 3rd, 2013 05:17 pm (UTC)
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What a terrific set, wow! And what a place; so beautiful as the green takes it back.

And yay, bunnies!

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oh keito

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from: dearmisterecho
date: Jan. 3rd, 2013 05:22 pm (UTC)
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thanks! ^_^

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Daisy

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from: daisychain1957
date: Jan. 3rd, 2013 05:59 pm (UTC)
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Wonderful pics, it really makes you wonder what the place looked like with people working there!

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oh keito

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from: dearmisterecho
date: Jan. 3rd, 2013 06:01 pm (UTC)
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there's actually a very tiny, one-room museum that tells the history of the island and has many interesting (and kinda scary) pictures of the workers/inside the factories.

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Daisy

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from: daisychain1957
date: Jan. 3rd, 2013 06:10 pm (UTC)
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You have some wonderful pics over on Flickr, the rabbits, because of their colouring, look as though they originated from domesticated stock. What a great place to visit, and to learn about it's dubious past - thanks :D

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oh keito

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from: dearmisterecho
date: Jan. 3rd, 2013 06:19 pm (UTC)
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yep, they are from domesticated rabbits - there are various theories as to why/how they ended up there. I've read a class of students released them there, I've heard they were used to test the poison gas on them and when the factory closed, released the ones who were still alive.

glad you liked them! :)

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The Adventures of Blitz

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from: blitzen_
date: Jan. 4th, 2013 12:38 am (UTC)
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WOW that place is incredible. the interior is amazing! so vast.

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Mateo Malo

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from: laviemoderne
date: Jan. 4th, 2013 02:21 am (UTC)
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Holy hell, I'm totally adding you on flickr.

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oh keito

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from: dearmisterecho
date: Jan. 4th, 2013 03:18 am (UTC)
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thanks!!

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Katura

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from: katura
date: Jan. 4th, 2013 12:20 pm (UTC)
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This is the best place EVER!!! Abandoned, overgrown buildings AND bunnies?! A trip to Japan is in order!

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Outdoor Misc

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from: mistressdeath
date: Jan. 5th, 2013 12:39 am (UTC)
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Lovely pics, fascinating story.

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heretic

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from: lurkingheretic
date: Jan. 5th, 2013 02:25 pm (UTC)
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So cool to see someone else photographing Japan! Welcome to the community!

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bugeyedmonster

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from: bugeyedmonster
date: Jan. 5th, 2013 09:03 pm (UTC)
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If I ever get to Japan, I'll stop by there. Fantastic photos.

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smalljob

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from: smalljob
date: Jan. 7th, 2013 06:11 am (UTC)
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such a neat building, great lighting too!

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kaylese

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from: cheeseandjoe
date: Jan. 8th, 2013 05:50 am (UTC)
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The 3rd last photo of the interior with all the windows--I'm just like oooooooooooooo *drool*

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Purgatory Chad

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from: arioch
date: Jan. 8th, 2013 12:04 pm (UTC)
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I swear they used that place for one of the multiplayer maps in the first Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. It looks almost exactly like the map called Pipeline. Cool pictures, makes me want to go back to Japan.

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