Today saw our best Bond villain impersonations on #Hashima or #gunkanjima. Abandoned in 1974, this former coal mining island once was three times more densely populated than #tokyo. Now it has been left to the elements but is available to tour. Sadly (but understandably due to the state of the buildings) only a tiny fraction is open to the public. The rest - including a tiny shrine and the school - is only visible from the sea. It was very atmospheric but the intense heat made it difficult to maintain our Javier Bardem-esque bad guy composure. #honeymoon#abandonedplaces#island#coal#japan#nagasaki#travel#nofilter#nofilterneeded#jamesbond#日本 🇯🇵☀️🚢🦅😎
History of Gunkanjima軍艦島. Following the outbreak of World War II, a total of 41,000 Chinese labourers were forcefully shipped to Japan, 3,765 of who were sent to Hashima Island. They were forced to dig for coal on the island, undergoing humiliation and cruelty.
Fed with residues, the skinny Chinese labourers looked like living skeletons. However, they still had to work in the dark and hot undersea coal mine.
“If we failed to finish our daily tasks, we would be treated as slaves,” said Sun Zhongwu, one of the Chinese labourers who survived the ordeal. He was only 14 when he was sent to the island.
According to him, the island was fenced with high concrete walls like a giant prison. And indeed, it was a giant prison. Many of the labourers tried to escape, but only fell into the sea and drowned. Some of them even committed suicide because they could not stand the humiliation.
1. Sun Wenyu. Hashima Island’s true history. People’s Daily Online. July;2017.
At Gunkanjima(Hashima Island)
This island designated as a World Heritage Site means great proud to Japanese, but frankly speaking, it is a totally different story to most of Koreans, 'cause many Korean people (approximately 800) were forced to come to this island, suffered severe labor and even died (This fact had been revealed by a righteous and conscientious Japanese preacher named Oka Masaharu who was from Nagasaki), but Japanese government has not recognized it or seemed to regard it as a great big deal. So I had to come to this island where there has still been tears and pains of Koreans. l was a little sorry that there's no Korean among tourists except me, who had easily been come across in many tourist atrractions in Nagasaki.
The weather was absolutely great, but I could feel something so tragic and grim lingering around this island. That is why I couldn't smile or mavel at it, just like the way most of Japanese did while looking around this island, Gunkanjima.
P.S This is written from a Korean perspective.
No hard feelings, please. I was helped by kind Japanese sailors this time when I lost the tickets for boarding and entering. What a klutz I was! And besides, I was deeply impressed by the voice on the ship announcement ; such a nice and clear male voice(maybe a captain or a sailor) with a nice pronunciation and accent in Japanese that reminded me of an actor in animation or an announcer. (it was really opposite of the voice of stewardess in the plane) I was very lucky to meet a lot of nice and kind Japanese this trip, too