Daibutsu, Kamakura

Daibutsu, Kamakura
Daibutsu in Kamakura, June 2010. There were thousands of school kids visiting that day. It was still great fun.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Haikyo - Exploring Japanese Ruins

I previously posted pictures of an eerie abandoned hospital. There are all kinds of abandoned places in Japan including theme parks, hotels, hospitals and resorts. Exploring these places is called haikyo.

Here are some pictures of what appears to be an abandoned hotel or resort.








This one is really strange because it looks like the people just disappeared one day and left all their stuff in the room. I have seen lots of other haikyo pictures of places that also look like the people just up and left one day and left all their stuff. Very odd.




This one looks like a meeting room or dining room. Most businesses in the Unites States that go out of business would have a going out of business sale and everything would be liquidated such as the furniture, etc. But many of the pictures I have seen of abandoned places in Japan such as this one show that alot of stuff is just left there. Maybe Japanese people don't like to buy used stuff.




These look like pachinko games.






The pictures are from this good haikyo website.

14 comments:

  1. That's creepy!

    No wonder ghost stories are so popular here.

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  2. Creepy, eerie and bizarre. You should see the abandoned hospital post I did. Even creepier.

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  3. Haha, very eerie indeed!

    Haikyo... I've learnt a new Japanese word today! Thanks!

    The one with the clothes was very creepy. Maybe their ghosts are still in the room?

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  4. Cool images! I especially love the pachinko machine one. I can just imagine a ghost sitting there continuing to play for eternity.

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  5. Thank you Melanie and barry.

    Maybe I like these places because I like ghost stories.

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  6. Anonymous8:45 AM

    The room which looks like someone was staying - a vagrant was staying there. Got this info in one of the Japanese "urban explorer" websites.

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  7. Thank you for the info anonymous. What website is the urban explorer?

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  8. Wow, that's really cool.
    I might get into Haikyo myself!
    These places would be good locations for a ghost story.

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  9. Roaf, I've heard there are guide books on exploring Haikyo so you might be able to find one. I don't read Japanese so I can't really get too much info from the websites.

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  10. That is like something from a novel by Murakami Haruki...

    And the photos are almost too high queality, I wish they were black and white... Thanks for posting!

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  11. Martin, yeah, black and white photos would deffinately add an eerie quality.

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  12. Wow, crazy that they just left their clothes hanging up!

    But, I've seen similar on a haikyo I did in December 2007 in Gunma, Japan.

    I'd like to know why such places get abandoned though.....

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  13. I wonder too. That's why Japanese Haikyo is so bizarre.

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  14. I wonder too. That's why Japanese Haikyo is so bizarre.

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