I visited Japan in November 2011 for the exclusive purpose of exploring Hashima Island, an...See more
I visited Japan in November 2011 for the exclusive purpose of exploring Hashima Island, an abandoned island 15km off the coast of Nagasaki. The island has been completely abandoned since 1974. Access to the off-limits sections of the island is extremely rare, and even more rare for foreigners. My Japanese guide was Ikumi (who is known around the world for her exploration and photography). Along with Ikumi's friend and another photographer from Toronto, I was able to explore the abandoned island for an unprecedented 8 hours. It was truly the experience of a lifetime.