The word 'haikyo' in Japanese literally translates as ‘abandoned place’. Japan is full of haikyo due to a number of reasons including its rapid industrialization during the twentieth century, extensive damage during WWII and perhaps the biggest reason - the collapse of the 1980s real estate bubble.
With a lot of research and a bit of luck all sorts of interesting abandonments can be found up and down the country including abandoned homes, schools, hospitals, mines and even whole villages. They are great places to escape for the day and explore.
I can't quite put into words the feeling I get when I am alone at these locations, wondering among the remnants of a life forgotten by time, scattered with personal possessions left to rot - hopefully these images help purvey my interest in such places to you though.
NOTE - All images shot in Japan except one location which was in Taiwan.
English photographer living/shooting/working in Tokyo. I enjoy using both analogue and digital methods to make photographs.See full profile