God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll (archmage) wrote,
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Roll

Gunkanjima ("Battleship Island") is a deserted island off the coast of Japan. From 1810 to 1974, it was a major coal mining operation. Little more than a reef, it eventually grew to house a population of more than 5,000; when the mines were closed in 1974, the population just up and left, leaving behind any possessions too heavy or bulky to move by small boat. For most of the past 30 years, visits to the island were forbidden.

In 1984 a photographer visited the island. Hauntingly beautiful.

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