Visit the Forgotten World of Hashima, an Abandoned Japanese Island


I am writing this article from a wood and leather clad coffee shop inside of a disused textile factory. The massive brick walls are punctuated by an arched entry way, while new fixtures and furniture revamp the space into a beautiful mix of old and new, nostalgia and the contemporary. But not all post-industrial spaces meet the same fate. Many lay wasted, meant only for illegal events or housing, or nothing at all. In larger cities, something usually finds its way into these vacant places, but what if an entire island remained unused? Photos by Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre That is what happened to Hashima, an island near Nagasaki, Japan, and once home to a huge coal mining operation owned by Mitsubishi. One of the densest places in …

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