August 10th, 2009

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Gunkanjima, Nagasaki, Japan

Apologies to those on my friends list copping this twice. ;)

No doubt a lot of people in this community are aware of Gunkanjima and have seen quite a lot of photos of its remains. Anyway, in April this year it was opened to landing tours after decades of little to no human activity, and by coincidence I'd moved to a nearby prefecture in April this year. I decided to take a trip there a couple of days ago.

I'm not quite sure what to think of the experience. Certainly, I'm glad for having visited, but going there with a boatload of other sightseers and being herded around a small fraction of the island without actually going near any buildings (as expected, safety concerns and so forth) detracts from the sense of isolation and abandonment that you look for in these places. I envy the resourceful adventurers who were able to travel here and have freedom of movement throughout the island, although doing such a thing would presumably be far more difficult nowadays.

Anyway, on to the photos. It's nothing you probably haven't seen before on various websites, but here you go. :)

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