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Hashima

A small island off the coast of Nagasaki, with an incredible history. It became the location of a coal mine in the 1890's, with an expanding population to more than 5000 in 1959, with one of the highest population densities in the world. Large appartment buildings were built to accomodate them, some of the earliest and tallest concrete buildings in the world. It included a school, a temple, a movie theater, shops and a swimming pool. It also has a darker side: the remote location made it also a suitable place for forced labor, and for example hundreds of Koreans were forced to work under very bad conditions. In 1974 the mine was closed and the island abandoned. It became a World Heritage Site in 2015, and it's possible to book a tour and visit a small part of the island. We were guided by a former resident, who lived there as a child. (I you want to look around: try street view!)

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Taken on July 20, 2018