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Gunkanjima: A Full-Moon Night (9/10)

Written by Jordy Meow. Published on January 20, 2013.

The night adventure started after some refreshments and a couple Onikoroshi (Japanese sake sold in small paper cartons). Dancing under the moonlight on the rubble is the only way to keep warm. The chill of the night drove away mosquito, welcomed the nocturnal animals: some urban explorers with headlights, and the rats.

Abandoned Island by Dawn

Abandoned Island by Dawn.

 

Gunkanjima by Dawn

Gunkanjima by Dawn.

 

Gunkanjima Sunset

“月が出た出た、月が出た…”

Imagine on a full-moon’s night as today, are the miners singing this song? Were the Hashima Ginza lighted up, filled with young boys enjoying their hot sake after a whole day’s heavy labor? Were Building No.65 full of warm orange lights with housewives standing on the balcony calling their kids playing downstairs to come home for dinner? Were the bath full of hot steam washing away the sweat and tears of the miners…

Gunkanjima Block 18

Block 18.

 

Sunset on Gunkanjima Block 18

Block 18.

 

Gunkanjima Pillars

Pillars of the Gunkanjima School.

 

Sunset from the Stairway to Hell

Sunset from the Stairway to Hell.

 

Sunset Stairway to Hell

The Gunkanjima Sunset.

 

Gunkanjima at Night

We walk through the history, in silence only can we imagine all its glorious past, its stories told still by the howling north wind. The coldness sunk into your bone, the crying ghosts haunting each room, only by constant walking can you escape the deadly feeling, this is no ordinary midsummer night walk, this is Gunkanjima. Day and night, it haunts every soul that dares setting foot on its holy territory.

Gunkanjima Block 30 at Night

Block 30.

 

Gunkanjima Shooting Stars

Shooting Stars.

 

Gunkanjima Mine by Night

Gunkanjima Mine.

 

Gunkanjima Star Trail

Gunkanjima Star Trail

 

Silent Night on Hashima

Silent Night on Hashima.

 

Stairway to Hell by Night

Stairway to Hell by Night.

 

Hashima Arches of Hell

Hashima Arches of Hell.

 

The Skyfall on Gunkanjima

Skyfall on Gunkanjima – literally!

 

Gunkanjima by Night

Eerie Block 65, by night.

 

Hashima Naked Lady Ghost

Here lives the “Hashima Naked Lady Ghost”.

 

The Battleship Heart

The Battleship Heart.

 

Hashima Playground by Night

Hashima Playground.

 

Block 67 "X" By Night

Block 67 “X” By Night.

 

Gunkanjima Sunrise

Keep walking, it will be twilight soon. The ferry from Nagasaki is on its way to bring us back to life, just as it was 40 years ago. In the morning mist you will recognise the light of the boat, sailing through the rough waves. You will hear the bell ringing, directing the captain approaching the pier…

Gunkanjima Shrine and the Moon

Gunkanjima Shrine and the Moon.

 

Pacific Ocean and Hashima

The Pacific Ocean. Looking towards the Senkaku Islands!

 

Gunkanjima Rooftop Slide

Block 65 Rooftop Slide.

And of course, if you want to see more about Gunkanjima, don’t forget to check other articles of the Gunkanjima: 10 Stories, 200 Photos. Thanks for visiting!

Texts my former urbex best mate, Sei Mou.

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