Gunkanjima – Battleship Island
July 9, 2012
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A ways off off the Nagasaki City Port lies a city in ruin.
A small city no larger than a 30 minute stroll across – home to thousands from the 1880s until the population dwindled to nothing in the 1970s.
Once fully equipped with an elementary/middle school and movie theatre, people lived in the high-rises and toiled in the mines beneath the island and surrounding ocean for coal.
Formally known as Hashima, the island gets its nickname from the battleship form it takes on when viewed from a distance.
A Mitsubishi-funded city, home to around 500 Koreans forced to work under the Japanese during World War 2.
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