Haunting Images From Japan's Ghost Island

You would think that Japan's overpopulation problems would force them to hang on to every bit of inhabitable land they own, but these images show otherwise. Hashima Island, nicknamed Ghost Island, was abandoned entirely after the mine which had been running for over 80 years was closed in 1974.

The black and white photos add a sense of despair to the abandoned cityscape, and although Hashima Island has been covered before here on Neatorama, I think the beautiful photographs in this gallery warrant a second look.


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I've never heard it called Ghost Island before, but I've always heard it referred to as Battleship (or Gunship) Island because of it's appearance from a distance looks like a battleship.
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Call me critical, but only a couple of those photos showed any sort of attempt at composition. A handful of mediocre photos is not made better just by making them black and white.

I like the other site that you feature from time to time, with the colour photos of run-down and abandoned places.
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