Hashima Island (Border Island) more commonly know as Gunkanjima (Battleship island)
due to its resemblance to the shape of a battleship, was once the most densely populated
place in the world but today is abandoned and derelict.
The island was bought by Mitsubishi in 1890 with the aim of using it to mine coal
from the sea bottom. The mine and island were closed in 1974 and today travel to the
island is prohibited.
I first came across the story of this island through Saiga
Yuji’s gallery where there are excellent images of its current abandoned decaying
beauty and a gallery of photo’s from 1974 just at the point of closure. 1974
Parts one and two of a fascinating documentary by CM
Von Hausswolff and Thomas Nordanstad are
listed below.They follow Dotokou who grew up on the island as he reacts to his
memories while they explore.