The Abandoned Island Of Hashima

September 15, 2011


‘Hashima Island was populated from 1887 to 1974 as a coal mining facility.

Mitsubishi bought the island in 1890 and began retrieving coal from undersea mines.

In 1959, the 15-acre island’s population reached its peak of 5,259.
As petroleum replaced coal in Japan in the 1960s, coal mines began shutting down all over the country. Mitsubishi officially announced the closing of the mine in 1974’.

Read the original blog post here on How to be a Retronaut.