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端島(軍艦島), Hashima Island, Gunkan-jima (Battleship Island)
Hashima Island, Japan The island was populated from 1887 to 1974 as a coal mining facility. The island's most notable features are the abandoned and undisturbed concrete apartment buildings and the surrounding sea wall.
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Gunkanjima, Japan. This island is one among 505 uninhabited islands in the Nagasaki Prefecture. As petroleum replaced coal in Japan in the 1960’s, coal mines began shutting down all over the country, and Hashima’s mines were no exception. In 1974 Mitsubishi officially announced the closing of the mine, and today it is empty and bare, with travel currently prohibited.
Ikko Narahara - The entrance of a Warship Island (Gunkanjima) apartment, night view, 1954-58.