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Hashima / Gunkanjima

Postby hashima » Sun Aug 06, 2006 4:55 am

nihaô folks, ever heard of that shima situated at the ass of the world... or at least 40 klicks south of Nagasaki? :D

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Re: Hashima / Gunkanjima

Postby MetalHead » Sun Aug 06, 2006 7:41 am

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Re: Hashima / Gunkanjima

Postby hashima » Sun Aug 06, 2006 8:28 am

MetalHead wrote:no ...


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Re: Hashima / Gunkanjima

Postby MetalHead » Sun Aug 06, 2006 8:34 am

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Re: Hashima / Gunkanjima

Postby hashima » Sun Aug 06, 2006 9:09 am

for those bein interested...

Hashima Island (端島; meaning "Border Island"), commonly called Gunkanjima (軍艦島; meaning "Battleship Island") is one among 505 uninhabited islands in the Nagasaki Prefecture about 15 kilometers from Nagasaki itself. The island was populated from 1887 to 1974 as a coal mining facility. The island's most notable features are the abandoned concrete buildings and the sea wall surrounding it.

"Battleship Island" is an English translation of the Japanese nickname for Hashima Island, "Gunkan-jima". The island's nickname came from its apparent resemblance to a battleship, or "gunkan" (jima/shima meaning island) due to its high sea-walls. It also is known as the Ghost Island. It is known for its coal mines and their operation during the industrialization of Japan. Mitsubishi bought the island in 1890 and began a project, the aim of which was retrieving coal from the bottom of the sea. They built Japan's first large concrete building, a block of apartments, in 1916 to accommodate their burgeoning ranks of workers, and to protect against typhoon destruction.

In 1959, its residential area population density was almost 337 people per acre (3460/km²), supposedly the highest population density ever recorded worldwide.

The movie "Midori Naki Shima" ("The Greenless Island", 1949) was shot there. It was also the setting for the final level in the video game Killer7.

As petroleum replaced coal in Japan in the 1960s, coal mines began shutting down all over the country, and Hashima's mines were no exception. Mitsubishi officially announced the closing of the mine in 1974, and today it is empty, bare, which is why it's called the Ghost Island.


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Re: Hashima / Gunkanjima

Postby Deansolo » Sun Aug 06, 2006 3:07 pm

Very imformative...Thank you for that. :roll: :?
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Re: Hashima / Gunkanjima

Postby frethead » Mon Aug 07, 2006 9:18 am

WOW, that's so cool!!! I love that stuff! Thanks, Hashima Mon Amour ( lol), for taking the time to share that bit of knowledge with everyone! I was watching a show, the other night, about these guys' hunt for the elusive giant squid, and one dude was tracking Sperm whales at an island I've absolutely never heard of before . . . It was one of the Bonin islands which, it was said, was a twenty-five hour cruise from Tokyo. That's pretty freaking remote, but, how I would love to explore it!!! O, yeah!

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