a The Transit Lounge: A Renovator's Dream

Back in the Day: I had a quarter life crisis, headed to Osaka, Japan for the unknown–only to discover that a passport plane ride are not necessarily a ticket to escape. Some Years Later: Settled back in Oz, the man of my dreams ended up in Tokyo for work–which is how a passport and plane ride showed me home is where the heart is. And Now: Well as luck would have it, we are about to embark on Japan Mark 3, with a baby in tow and another on the way...

Wednesday, November 11

A Renovator's Dream

Haikyo is becoming a big deal in Japan. The word translates into "ruins" but is used to name the growing adventure movement of exploring abandoned buildings and structures. There is ample opportunity to haikyo in Japan too and to see some quality stuff because when things get left here, they are literally left as is. It seems that the only time structures are ever fenced off or looked at again is when someone is finally deciding to rebuild on that spot....which can sometimes be a couple of decades later. It is also very interesting to see just how quickly things do return to nature.
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Haikyo is becoming a big deal in Japan. The word translates into "ruins" but is used to name the growing adventure movement of exploring abandoned buildings and structures. There is ample opportunity to haikyo in Japan too and to see some quality stuff because when things get left here, they are literally left as is. It seems that the only time structures are ever fenced off or looked at again is when someone is finally deciding to rebuild on that spot....which can sometimes be a couple of decades later. It is also very interesting to see just how quickly things do return to nature.

Ben and I had the idea of getting into some haikyo when we went to Kawaguchiko last week, although we abandoned the idea (pardon the pun) and decided to do a day of cycling....until we cycled past this forgotten hotel. We were a re little bit limited as we did not have the right shoes or equipment with us so left it at the lobby and bar only...



We suspect it was abandoned in the mid 90s (you can make a guess as to the technology that is lying around) and our reason for it being left to rot and die is that this was about one of the only hotels that built itself without a view of Fuji!! Seriously, if they even had angled it slightly, Fuji would have been greeting all the guests at breakfast, lunch and dinner.


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