RUINS OF THE RISING SUN

Adventures in Abandoned Japan

"Gorgeous, haunting, stunning memento mori photos... fascinating text commentary... I guarantee you will start fantasizing about exploring haikyo yourself." - Barry Eisler, bestselling thriller author.

For 5 years author Michael John Grist explored and photographed over 100 of the strangest, most beautiful modern ruins across the length of Japan, from abandoned theme parks to forgotten mountain ghost towns, derelict American military bases, industrial relics from World War 2 and tawdry old love hotels.

His adventures kick-started a national craze (known as 'haikyo') which led to millions of hits on his website, feature articles in travel books, magazines, national newspapers and a documentary movie.

Ruins of the Rising Sun tells the best of all those adventures - a travel guide / adventure memoir / photographic history packed with gorgeous photographs, thrills, and fascinating historical detail, exposing a bizarre and forgotten shadow world most people will never see for themselves. Readers have called it "stunning, amazing, and utterly unique."