11 November 2007

haikyo

There's an awesome subculture growing in Japan called haikyo or haikyo tourism. Folks go find abandoned buildings throughout (mostly rural) Japan and photograph them. There's been quite a market for picture books, perhaps because Japan's looming demographic crisis makes haikyo as a metaphor for the future seem not-so-fantastic.

One of the coolest websites is Haikyo Deflation Spiral. If nothing else it's fantastic source material for anyone making a postapocalyptic game!

There was a recent article on haikyo in Tokyo's english-language weekly Metropolis. Be aware that the link above changes every week, so you may have to Google for the article.

2 comments:

Jason said...

Yes, haikyo is getting popular among my ex-pat friends in Japan as well. In fact we went on an overnight haikyo trip last December.

If anyone is interested, there are photos and a video showing some great haikyo places in Gunma, Japan:

http://jasoncollin.org/2008/08/01/gunma-japan-haikyo-urban-exploring/

Jason said...

Hello again,

I'm having a haikyo exhibition this Friday, please come!

http://jasoncollinphotography.com/blog/2009/10/30/haikyo-urban-decay-from-japan-exhibition.html