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Battleship Island - Japan’s rotting metropolis « Viceland.com

Battleship Island - Japan’s rotting metropolis « Viceland.com
These days the only things that land on Hashima Island are the shits of passing seagulls. An hour or so’s sail from the port of Nagasaki, the abandoned island silently crumbles. A former coal mining facility owned by Mitsubishi Motors, it was once the most densely populated place on earth, packing over 13,000 people into each square kilometre of its residential high-risers. It operated from 1887 until 1974, after which the coal industry fell into decline and the mines were shut for good. Today it is illegal to go anywhere near the place as it's beyond restoration and totally unsafe. The punishment for being caught visiting Hashima Island is 30 days in prison followed by immediate deportation. Bobbing into view, the grey seawall’s artificial angling of the island gives it the shape of a battleship – hence its Japanese name in popular mythology, "Gunkanjima" - Battleship Island. We explored the empty classrooms of the island’s huge school. Related:  History of Japan

Top 10 DIY Cellphone Mods and Accessories @Gonza: I love Nokia as much as anyone— I'm still using my customised E71 NAM as my primary phone— but you've got to admit that S60 is seriously, seriously long in the tooth. There is a real reason that people don't mention Nokia when they talk about the world's leading smartphone manufacturers— Nokia is in a real, distinct rut. And all their current devices show us little to suggest that they've got any idea how to right the ship. @wild homes loves you but chooses darkness!: Agree, Nokia somehow missed the appeal with middle people (I consider myself a power user), and currently, even if the S60 platform still got some good apps, some things basics as a facebook app are missing (or i couldn't find any for my E51, cheap, but got most of what I need). Althought I can't find a browser that satisfies me completely, Opera Mobile seems to be the one, but it's too much memory intensive, and I must close any other apps if I want to navigate some complex pages as Google Reader. All the best, Adam

Abandoned Places: 10 Creepy, Beautiful Modern Ruins Abandoned Places: 10 Creepy, Beautiful Modern Ruins Abandoned Places | We humans are explorers by nature. The quest for discovery, both old and new, is part of what separates us from rest of the animal kingdom. Since the world we live in has been largely mapped and plotted, we urban adventurers turn our sights toward the relics of old and the ruins of the recent past. Abandoned Submarine Base, Ukraine In a bay on the northern shores of the Black Sea, the Soviet army maintained an elaborate submarine base throughout much of the Cold War. Abandoned Submarine Base Gallery The Ruins of Detroit by Marchand and Meffre In the United States, few cities have felt the burn of urban decay more than Detroit. Ruins of Detroit Gallery Beelitz Military Hospital, Berlin It is rare that a ruin like this should decay so gracefully and without the marks of vandalism. Beelitz Military Hospital Gallery City Hall Subway Station, NYC City Hall Subway Station Gallery Ryugyung Hotel, Pyongyang, North Korea

Animated stereoviews of old Japan 28 Oct 2009 In the late 19th and early 20th century, enigmatic photographer T. Enami (1859-1929) captured a number of 3D stereoviews depicting life in Meiji-period Japan. [Sumo wrestlers] A stereoview consists of a pair of nearly identical images that appear three-dimensional when viewed through a stereoscope, because each eye sees a slightly different image. [Meeting at gate] [Buddhist ornament dealer] [Geisha washing their hands in the garden] [Chujenji Road, Nikko] [Geisha playing music] [Firewood dealers] [Great Buddha of Kamakura] [Torii gates at Inari shrine, Kyoto] [Geisha girls with flowers and cat] [Traveler in the mountain fog near Chujenji] [Clam diggers having lunch] [Tokyo Industrial Exposition, Ueno Park, 1907] [Campfire on the peak of Mt. [Geisha in a tearoom] [Kitano temple, Kyoto] [Road along the Fuji river] [Geisha drinking beer in the park] [Buddhist priest in full dress] [Geisha looking at stereoviews]

Cool Bedroom Designs Cool Bedroom Designs If you are thinking about the arrangement of your bedroom take a look at our suggestions. Perhaps these suggestions will inspire you. If you do not have a sea view you can buy a wallpapers : ) All deficiencies replace it with some decorative items. Plaster work are very simple and will make your room magical. If you do not have the opportunity to create pool in the bedroom you draw it or buy a pool carpet. source source source source source source source source source source You don't want to miss these: Bought for £1, the mysterious tower that inspired JRR Tolkien | Society It wasn't the most promising of pitches: when Ben Bradley suggested that a homeless charity buy a derelict, windblown Georgian tower in a poor district of Birmingham he expected, and got, some blank looks. The building is spectacular but perilous. It sways slightly in strong wind and its seven rooms – one on each storey – are the size of a hearth rug. But, said Bradley: "As it turned out, my CEO is a Tolkien fanatic, and so the deal was done." The Trident Reach the People charity paid £1, and became proud owners of one of the oldest and most eccentric structures in Birmingham, a building better known in Japan than it is on the other side of the city. The eyeball-shaped windows at the top of Perrott's Folly look down in one direction on where JRR Tolkien lived as a child, and in the opposite direction on the Oratory, where he went to school. The folly stood at the heart of a magnificent park when it was built by a local eccentric, John Perrott, in 1758.

Wind Powered Walking Sculptures Theo Jansen is a talented Dutch artist that creates kinetic sculptures which resemble animals and are able to walk using the power of wind. Eventually, the artist wants to release these creatures out in herds on the beaches and allow them to live their own lives. [more info] The house that time forgot: Hundreds of antiquities discovered in country mansion where little has changed in 100 years Auctioneers discovered a treasure trove of antiques inside The HermitageThey discovered wine from 1914 and Champagne from 1919Also discovered family photographs spanning almost 100 yearsContents of the house will be auctioned in 1,500 lots By Anthony Bond Published: 16:00 GMT, 5 June 2013 | Updated: 21:41 GMT, 5 June 2013 Thousands of people have driven past this mansion over the years and looked at its impressive exterior. But few could have imagined the secrets which the 18th Century building holds inside. The mansion, called The Hermitage, in Northumberland, has been described as the house 'that time forgot'. Antiques: Items untouched for almost 100 years were discovered amongst the 28 rooms in 18th Century mansion The Hermitage in Hexham, Northumberland Secrets: The cellars of the house included unopened Champagne bottles from 1919, some in their original tissue paper, and wine from 1914 Wine from 1914 was discovered along with Champagne from 1919.

Ainu people The Ainu (Japanese: アイヌ?), also called Aynu, Aino (アイノ?), and in historical texts Ezo (蝦夷?), are an indigenous people in Japan (Hokkaido) and Russia (Sakhalin and the Kuril Islands). Historically, they spoke Ainu and related varieties. History[edit] A group of Ainu people (between 1863 and early 1870s) Recent research suggests that Ainu culture originated in a merger of the Okhotsk and Satsumon cultures.[6] In 1264, Nivkh people reported to the Yuan Dynasty of China that Ainu invaded the land of Nivkh, resulting in battles between Ainu and the Yuan Dynasty.[7] Active contact between the Wajin (the ethnically Japanese) and the Ainu of Ezochi (now known as Hokkaido) began in the 13th century.[8] The Ainu formed a society of hunter-gatherers, living mainly by hunting and fishing, and the people followed a religion based on phenomena of nature.[9] In 1868 there were about 15,000 Ainu in Hokkaido, 2000 in Sakhalin, and around 100 in the Kurile islands.[11] Ainu bear sacrifice. Origins[edit]

Top 10 Misconceptions of Koreans | Teaching Kimchi They all like kimchi. Not too long ago, I saw an ad in a Korean magazine for a small refrigerator specifically for kimchi. Since it said “#1 best seller,” I’m guessing it sells a lot. Still, it’s kind of like saying all Americans love hamburgers, isn’t it?They all know Tae Kwon Do. I know Tae Kwon Do; I’m Japanese-American. In the June 30, 2002 article of the New York Times titled, “Soccer Must Keep The Ball Rolling,” the writer elaborated on a controversial referee call in the match between South Korea and Spain on June 22 in the FIFA World Cup of that year. If the writer intended to be subjective, fine, but let’s not pretend he’s calculated Korean history into his judgment that a) there was a plot, and it showed a blend of b) jingoism and c) paranoia that was d) unbecoming. Korea is often referred to as “the shrimp that gets caught in the middle of whales.”

Very Sexist Ads from the 50’s Here’s a little but very interesting collection of retro ads. Abandoned Amusement Park Amusement park is the generic term for a collection of rides and other entertainment attractions assembled for the purpose of entertaining a large group of people. An amusement park is more elaborate than a simple city park or playground, usually providing attractions meant to cater to adults, teenagers, and small children. A theme park is a type of amusement park which has been built around one or more themes, such as an American West theme, or Atlantis. Today, the terms amusement parks and theme parks are often used interchangeably. Most amusement parks have a fixed location, as compared to travelling funfairs and carnivals. These temporary types of amusement parks, are usually present for a few days or weeks per year, such as funfairs in the United Kingdom, and carnivals (temporarily set up in a vacant lot or parking lots) and fairs (temporarily operated in a fair ground) in the United States.

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