Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Matsuo Mines

Creepy place alert!! We had an eerie adventure last weekend.

With very careful steps, we made our way through the rubble, tall weeds, random hidden 6-foot holes in the ground, crumbling flooring, and BATS (*shudder*) in exploration. It was kind of nuts.

The ruins of the Matsuo mines in Iwate prefecture in Japan made #5 on this list of "The 7 Creepiest Places on Earth." Once the biggest sulfur mine in eastern Asia, it employed 15,000 people who lived, worked, and sent their kids to school in the network of buildings making up the community. The mine was closed down in the early 70's, and during the past 40 years it's sat abandoned. 

Normally the whole area is shrouded in thick layers of fog/mist, but for our visit the sun was shining brightly. That was ok; the place was unsettling enough without that added element.

The apartment blocks were dramatic in their decay and really fun to explore, but the school was the building that struck me the most: abandoned plates and frying pans in the kitchen, broken desks and tvs strewn about, shattered pianos and peeling chalkboards. You could still sense so much of the life that was once a part of that place. It was really beautiful, in that sad and haunting way.

This was also one of the first places in Japan where I've seen graffiti. I thought it was really gorgeous! Striking and dramatic. There are more pictures of it all on my photo page if you click on any of the photos embedded here.

This was a really fun place to see! We went with the Misawa Photography Club, which has been growing and setting up more photo-related activities lately (much to my happiness). It was really really great to dive back into creativity with Mark and Remmy (my cameras... what, doesn't everyone name theirs?). It's been a little while since I've actually focused much on this hobby, so I'm excited to get back into it more seriously again.

So obviously from the pictures, this place is a liiitle bit tricky and has it's share of potential dangers. If you're reading this in Misawa thinking you'd like to go, make sure you do so with a group and be very careful (repeat: hidden 6-foot holes in the grass and crumbling floorboards). 


Barbara said...

Amazing - The photo of the piano, wow. Love the outdoor shots of the buildings, and the last photo down the hallway with the light coming in.

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