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.