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Hashima School

Posted by
Steve Rice (Olympia, United States) on 22 September 2015 in Cityscape & Urban.

At the peak of mining operations, some 5,300 people lived on the island. Since the miners brought their families, the children needed a school. In 1893, the Mitsubishi Corporation established a standard elementary school on the island.

The white building on the left of this image is the school constructed in 1958. Floors 1 - 4 were for elementary students while floors 5 and 7 served as a junior high school. Floor 6 housed an auditorium, library, and music room. In 1970, a gymnasium, lunch hall, and the island's only elevator, which was used to transport school meals, were added.

The four storey building on the right is the hospital and quarantine ward which was also completed in 1958.

Return to Japan

Focales from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

They seem very sad these buildings, as abandoned

22 Sep 2015 5:50am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Bit dark view

22 Sep 2015 6:00am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Une belle photo témoignage

22 Sep 2015 7:22am

Libouton Martine from Bousval, Belgium

Un très bon cadrage avec cette pDC!

22 Sep 2015 7:32am

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

Another beautiful composition.

22 Sep 2015 8:02am

jean pierre a from France

superbe cadrage!!! amitiés

22 Sep 2015 8:03am

Patrick M. from Lille, France

It's an atmosphere of sadness and desolation !!

22 Sep 2015 8:38am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

I can imagine this being used for movie locations . .

22 Sep 2015 8:44am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Great capture

22 Sep 2015 9:14am

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice shot
with beautiful frame, DOF, atmosphere & textures!
Amazing story!

22 Sep 2015 9:38am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

Ne reste que l'absence et une idée de la tristesse...

22 Sep 2015 9:45am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

A ghost town that fills the entire island. Great shot and engrossing story.

22 Sep 2015 10:20am

Devi from Chennai, India

Nice view from the boat.
A remarkable work here !

22 Sep 2015 10:47am

Daryl Johnson from Worcester Park, United Kingdom

Great sense of perspective with the people in shot...

22 Sep 2015 11:21am

Graciel·la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

And now, all over the island there is no one?

22 Sep 2015 2:21pm

Monte Stevens from Fort Collins, United States

Interesting information.

22 Sep 2015 2:47pm

Don from Spokane, United States

I like the views in the image looking toward the main subject. I think this is well framed. A successful image.

22 Sep 2015 2:59pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Very impressiv !

22 Sep 2015 5:03pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

I like to photo abandoned buildings. SO many stories to find

22 Sep 2015 5:21pm

Francisco Romero from Leon, Spain

Mining created cities out of the blue, sometimes in the middle of nowhere. Thanks for the explantion. Excellent image including the persons and their heads leading the eye.

22 Sep 2015 5:40pm

Diana from Olympia, United States


22 Sep 2015 6:08pm

AMH from Buenos Aires, Argentina

Muy interesante . no sabia de la existencia de esta isla . pare ello fui a buscar información . una historia muy interesante y quizás triste a la ves su abandono . pienso que seria interesante observarla desde un drone , como siempre tus relatos son muy agradable y una hermosa forma de viajar . un beso muy grande . Alejandra

22 Sep 2015 6:17pm

gerard1948 from Spain

Very beautiful composition with the ruins in the background who had to be in their time a superb job complex. Thank you for sharing.
Have a good evening.

Google translation. this is certainly not very correct.

22 Sep 2015 7:31pm

Baldwin VW from Bejuma, Venezuela

A sad scene of desolation and abandonment an a very interesting story about this curious island ... Nice image !!!

22 Sep 2015 11:20pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

What a story, Steve...Thank you for that...This image is transfixing looks at the scene and reads your words and the impact of the now aloneness is mixed with the imagination as it "see"s how things were. A magnificent post sir!

22 Sep 2015 11:52pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

It does seem to have a sadness about it.

23 Sep 2015 12:17am

Sam from Chennai, India

Great capture of these buildings. Nicely framed. :)

23 Sep 2015 4:14am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Très belle scène de ce deux dame sur le bâteau en train de photographier.

23 Sep 2015 4:52am

Devi from Chennai, India

great capture of the abandoned construction...wonder if it is haunted !!

23 Sep 2015 6:10am

L'Angevine from Angers, France

intéressante recherche

23 Sep 2015 7:43am