If you`re into haikyo, you`ll probably already know about Haikyo Deflation Spiral. If you don`t, let me introduce you. It`s one of the top sites on the web for Japanese ruins. Compared to all the other Japan ruins sites (twodogs, ruins-site, etc..) it`s very easy to navigate, with very simple posts for each location visited. The site runner is Hiroyuki Tsuzuki , he`s a visual arts designer around the same age as me- 30. I don`t think he has a book out, but since he`s stopped updating his website I guess he`s working on material for one. He also has a monthly column in Metropolis, one of Tokyo`s free English language magazines.
A cool hotel, another cool hotel, and Gunkanjima.
As you might expect there`s a lot of overlap between the places Hiroyuki`s been to and the places I`ve been to. A quick surf through his files, and mine, will generally show you how the places have aged, since he went to them years ago. Kappa Pia on my site is mostly demolished, but on his it is still very much alive. Likewise for Chichibu cement plant, Gulliver`s Kingdom, and many more. Others have just been smashed up more, time beating their walls and roofs down.
A distant factory.
An infamous hotel, now demolished.
Ferris wheel next to a golf course, now toppled.
Control panel on Hashima.
He also does model shoots in ruins, but I`m not a fan. Too much in schoolgirl uniform, not enough effort in composition or lighting. Here`s that link.
See a curation of world ruins in the ruins gallery.
See my collection of Japanese ruins (haikyo) in the galleries:[album id=4 template=compact]