Haikyo

Many grandmothers come complete with an attic or a basement full of hidden treasures. Dirty and ill-lit, it's a heaven for kids to secretly explore.

Now, take the same desire you had when you were six years old, project it some twenty or thirty years forward, and you're stuck with Haikyo. Haikyo is a Japanese word which literally means ‘ruins,' but as a verb it means exploring ruins and abandoned places. It's also called Urban Exploration. So, Haikyoist/Urbexer is a person who regularly undertakes haikyo or urban exploration.

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Aral Sea - Ships in the Desert


Nuclear test sites, airplane graveyards, ghost towns, hospitals and sanatoriums, army bases, industrial plants, ice-bound russian wrecked ships, you name it. I guess you can call it a hobby pretty much anywhere you live - places which were once used and then left to slowly decay can be found in all corners of the Earth (even in the supposedly overcrowded Japan). It has its legal concerns, but doing something you're not supposed to has a strong appeal for many people.

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Airplane boneyard, Mojave desert, USA

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Doctor's Shack, Japan

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Matsuo Ghost Town, Japan

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Abandoned frozen ships, Kamchatka, Russia

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US Air Force Base in Tachikawa, Japan

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Osarizawa Chemical pools, Japan - chemical pools coloured blue with solution of copper sulfate

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Ashio Dozan Ghost Town, Japan

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Keishin Radiology Hospital, Japan

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Sports World Theme Park, Japan

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