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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.

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

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.

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.

Two Bears "Two Bears" - ink, watercolor and gouache on paper - 12" x 9" (tabletop background saturation bumped back in Photoshop) Artwork © Lawrence Yang 2010 my blog | my site | purchase inquiries 11 Abandoned American Hospitals and Asylums With some of the most disturbing and tragic histories of any buildings in the US, asylums and hospitals are way beyond creepy . Many of them were built in the late 1800s, when “mental illnesses” (such as masturbation, menopause, and teenage rebellion) were considered dangerous enough to lock someone in an asylum. A pain-inflicting misunderstanding of mental illness combined with a chronic mistreatment of its sufferers meant that many people were never released and spent the remainder of their lives in these horrible institutions. In addition to asylums, many sanatoriums were constructed around this time to care for the poor and very sick. After decades of overcrowding in both asylums and sanatoriums, the invention of antibiotics and behavioral drugs, and an evolving understanding of mental illness rendered these massive compounds obsolete. Although these spots may be spine-chillingly eerie and seem rife for exploration, be forewarned. 1. Image: Weylyn /Flickr Image: Motya83 /Flickr 2. 3.

Japan for the Uninvited Houses Gone Wild We think of feral dogs as dangerous, foreboding and to-be-avoid – but wild houses have a strange allure despite (or likely because) they are abandoned abodes, deserted homes gone from domestic spaces slowly back to nature. As photographer James D Griffioen muses, the Latin root refers both to while beasts but also to something that belongs to the dead, gone back to the Earth. Some of his shots capture this process at an incredibly late stage, such as the house above which is entirely camouflaged by the greenery that has grown to cover it – only discernible because the branches and vines conform to the shape of the structure. Others photos catch the domestic devolution at intermediate stages, snapshots of partial overgrowth where there is still some strange balance of building and nature – one could almost imagine someone still occupying this structure and simply never leaving it.

Stuffed Baguette Stuffed Baguette A hollowed baguette obviously makes a perfect shell for any filling you are in the mood for. And once stuffed and properly chilled, it becomes a neat appetizer. This particular one is filled with all my favorite things: goat cheese/cream cheese, sun dried tomatoes, olives, spicy salami, crunchy bell pepper, and fresh herbs. Makes one 12-inch long baguette; about 24 slices Ingredients: Baguette about 14-inch long8 oz cream cheese, at room temperature 4 oz fresh goat cheese 1 large garlic clove, minced ½ cup finely chopped red bell pepper (about 1 medium) ½ cup finely chopped sun dried tomatoes in olive oil¼ cup finely chopped Kalamata olives 2 oz finely chopped spicy salami About 2 tbsp minced Italian parsley About 1 tsp minced fresh thyme Freshly ground black pepper Salt to taste (very unlikely since there’re plenty of salty ingredients) Preparation: Slice off both ends of the baguette. Using an electric mixer beat the cream cheese until smooth and lump-free.

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