Urban exploration involves actively seeking out and documenting these places in photographs and videos for all to see. Enthusiasts risk personal safety and being caught by authorities to bring the rest of us some amazing sites.
Here are some highlights from Japan, home to some of the oddest abandoned locations.
List of the titles of the Sakamaki/Hawley Collection online
The University of the Ryukyus Special Collections Archives
The University of Hawaii at Manoa Library's Sakamaki/Hawley Collection
The Nanzan Institute has prepared an open-source collection of visual images related to Japanese religions, based on a donation of over 800 slides from Ian Reader, professor at Lancaster University. All images may be downloaded free of charge in two formats: one suitable for multimedia presentations and the other at high-resolution suitable for printing.
How to use: Go to http://nirc.nanzan-u.ac.jp/en/activities/photo-archive-of-japanese-religions/
Select an album from the Main Gallery. You will be brought to a page with thumbnails of all the images in that album. There are two options here:
(1) Clicking on any image will bring up a page with that image and related data, often including detailed commentary by Ian Reader.
(2) Clicking on Start Slideshow will run you through the entire set of pictures. You can click on the circled images at the bottom to select another slide.
The menu bar at the top right of the Slideshow gives you options for pausing and downloading. Clicking on the top left on the menu bar brings you back to the album's main page. The search function in the menu bar covers all the data included in the descriptions.
When using an image for printed material, we ask that you add the following acknowledgement: "From the Photo Archives of the Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture, Nagoya, Japan."
... - March 11th 2011 (chris steele-perkins, earthquake, japan, Kesennuma, Magnum In Motion, magnum photography, magnum photos, ...
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... out. -Chris Steele-Perkins. (chris steele-perkins, HP, japan, love, tokyo, travelogue) ...
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The Great Kanto Earthquake Japan of 1923 provides access to 199 images from a historical album of still photos captured destruction by the deadliest
earthquake occurred on September 1st, 1923. The project was funded by the UHM Library and the National Research Center, East Asia Grant (NRC-EA).
Both English and Japanese versions are available.
By the way, please don't call me racist, because I am one of short, small eyes Japanese.
2013 marks the 400th anniversary of Japan-British relations. King James l sent Tokugawa Ieyasu and Hidetada presents and a letter, which were
received in September, 1613. The letter survives in Tokyo University.
Ieyasu received a telescope - the first ever sent to Asia - and Hidetada a precious cup and cover. The Shogun reciprocated with two suits of armour
(which are extant), and Ieyasu gave five pairs of gold screens (lost) and a shuuinjo, which survives in Oxford University. A vast number of events is planned for 2013, including a major show at the British Museum which will open 400 to the day after the date of the shuuinjo. We aim for '400 connections for 400 years',
Five short video segments of the land, language and look of things middle July in Fukui-ken.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/anthroview/7661305558/in/photostreamJuly 2012 at Kono-mura on the Fukui-ken coast of the Japan sea. This was Wednesday, but the summer weekends are flooded with people on beaches, roads and water. The two women searching the rocks (speaking something other than Japanese) appear to be poaching 'sazae' -not good for the ecosystem.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/anthroview/7658524106/in/photostreamValleypanorama of Japan's main island west coast, Fukui-ken (July 15). Note the land use patterns: neat rice paddy irrigation system, electrical power cables, Hino River levy, homes concentrated to maximize productive spaces.
Buddhist temple bell ringing, http://youtu.be/MVS4JFWXtzUThe 7 a.m. bell at Daihou-ji, a Jodo (Pure Land) Buddhist temple, in Echizen-city, Fukui-ken in July 2012. In Japanese: includes lesson on how to achieve maximum sound when striking the bronze bell. Since nearly all such metals were melted for the Pacific War effort, this present bell dates to post-1945. Note the deep reverberation that follows the ringing.
1 minute 38 seconds
Buddhist temple interior, Jodo sect, http://youtu.be/Vi3d60gMuUYTour of hondo (main hall, 1858) of Daihou-ji in Echizen-city, Fukui-ken in July 2012. Mostly in Japanese.
6 minutes 09 seconds
Train line to Kyoto from 25 km north, http://youtu.be/hagj3YgCfREShort train window video segments on the JR West line into Kyoto from the north, along the west shore of Lake Biwa in Shiga prefecture in middle July 2012.
2 minutes 38 seconds
young Japanese people supporting Tohoku's recovery for the purpose of presenting
a vivid image of today's young generation in Japan.
:: Set of articles at japanfocus.org
Christopher S. Thompson,
Through extensive interviews with prominent industry representatives and environmental activists, Hall carefully presents the various solutions being proposed to the vexing issue of overfishing. Winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 2011 Seattle International Film Festival, Sushi: The
Global Catch raises some pressing questions that all sushi lovers should seek to address.
See the trailer at http://vimeo.com/23332161 or learn more at http://kinolorberedu.com/film.php?id=1244
[forwarded from EASC at Indiana University]
JET Memorial Invitation Program (JET MIP) for High School Students
The JET MIP program provides 32 high school students with the opportunity to go to Japan for two weeks as a group to meet Japanese students, experience Japanese culture, and study the language. It was created in 2011 in memory of the two beloved American teachers of English who lost their lives in the earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011: Taylor Anderson(Ishinomaki, Miyagi) and Montgomery Dickson (Rikuzen-Takata, Iwate). The program is open to 11th and 12th graders who are currently learning Japanese, and it seeks to honor the principles which Taylor and Monty valued during their lives. For more information, please visit http://www.jflalc.org/jle-12-jet-mip.html.
http://pre1945korea.blogspot.com (blog platform allows viewers to write identifying information)
Each entry gives the option to download the 2 page PDF set for easy printout, too.
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Blogger in Japan. National Geographic's Digital Nomad touched down in Japan. Andrew Evans, the National Geographic Traveler's Contributing Editor and blogger who covers every corner of the world, landed in Japan for his three-week travel through the country. To follow his travel blogs, tweets, and videos, visit http://japantravelinfo.com/andrew/index.html.
"Japan" – includes a Google Earth tour
Subject: The Supposedly Docile Japanese Public and 'Kokurikozaka kara'
As a coda to this interesting discussion on 'the supposedly docile Japanese public', last Saturday I went to see the latest Studio Ghibli film, 'Kokurikozaka kara'. An NHK Special programme about the making of this film a week or two ago described it as a story about first love. It is that, but it's a lot more. It's a fascinating tale about high school students at a private Yokohama high school in 1963, who engage in lively debates and engage in constructive opposition to plans to demolish a historical building where they hold their bungei-bu activities. The film portrays their behaviour in an entirely favourable way. I have no idea whether it bears any resemblance to the reality of high school students in the early 1960s, or whether it's more Miyazaki Hayao's ideal of what they should have been (or a mixture of the two) - this is the time between Anpo and the Gakusei Funso of the late 60s, of course, so perhaps 1963 allows Miyazaki to subtly associate the story with that period and yet not directly link it to its most controversial episodes. For me, the film had a strong resonance with the current protests and debate over nuclear power, the implicit messages being, 'Think for yourself!' 'Don't just accept what the authorities do!' and 'Take action!' ...
The Japan Forum. Yuta and Minami is a new webpage from the Japan Forum. It includes 43 annotated photos of the home life of two Japanese elementary students, Yuta and Minami Tanaka. Through these photos, students can see and learn about contemporary Japanese children's daily lives including meals, school life, and hobbies. For more information, visit www.tjf.or.jp/shogakusei/yutaandminami/index_en.html.
Great East Japan Earthquake Link. Launched by The Japan Forum, this link features teacher resources for Japanese language as well as social studies teachers. In many Japanese classes at elementary, junior high, and senior high schools around the world, students are currently undertaking fundraising and other activities to help victims of the quake and tsunami. In this blog, The Japan Forum shares messages and ideas received from teachers participating in such projects with their students. To view, click http://ameblo.jp/tjf2011/.
a set of 28 minute-long videos (in English; a bit clunky but easy to understand)
From: hidenori watanave <hwtnv ATsd.tmu.ac.jp>
The Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Archive on Google Earth
"Hiroshima Archive" that is a digital archive about the Hiroshima Atomic Bomb. http://hiroshima.mapping.jp/
"Hiroshima Archive" is a pluralistic digital archive using the digital
virtual globe "Google Earth" to display on it in a multilayered way
all the materials gained from such sources as the Hiroshima Peace
Memorial Museum, the Hiroshima Jogakuin Gaines Association, and the
Hachioji Hibakusha (A-bomb Survivors) Association. Beyond time and
space, the user can get a panoramic view over Hiroshima to browse
survivors' accounts, photos, maps, and other materials as of 1945,
together with aerial photos, 3D topographical data, and building
models as of 2010. The archive aims to promote multifaceted and
comprehensive understanding of the reality of atomic bombing.
- You can also view a capture movie on YouTube, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-q00isamvs
- A description in English / Japanese, http://hiroshima.mapping.jp/concept.html
- Interface in English, http://hiroshima.mapping.jp/ge_en.html (About 50 victim's stories are translated）
See also our other archives.
- The Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Archive, http://e.nagasaki.mapping.jp/
- The Japan Earthquake Archive, http://e.nagasaki.mapping.jp/p/japan-earthquake.html
Best regards, Hidenori Watanave
Supervisor of Photon,Inc. and Associate professor, Graduate School of System Design, Tokyo Metropolitan University
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