No, not the game. This particular Monkey Island (‘Sarushima’ in Japanese) is located off the coast of Yokosuka near the mouth of Tokyo Bay, and during World War II served as an artillery battery and first point of defense of the Japanese homeland. After the war the anti-aircraft guns were removed, a ferry service began, the beach was opened to tourists, and walking trails were prepared around the various defensive bunkers carved into the rock. Now it’s a great spot for a BBQ and some sun-bathing.
Long walkway troughs cut through the jungle and rock.
SY put this trip together, booking the BBQ several months in advance. It’s generally necessary to book two or three months ahead due to popularity. Some of her friends came along, as did my old buddy Mike, now back in Canada. It was one of our last haikyo adventures together- though the ‘hai’ part of that was not really true, as there were lots of people knocking around. ’Hai’ ? means abandoned, btw. ‘kyo’ ? means empty space.
We had a great BBQ, sausages, yakiniku (Korean BBQ style) meat, and of course beer. A family with some serious gear beside us opened up a freeze box to reveal a huge ostrich egg. Wow. With great care they cracked it over a big wok and fried up one massive omelette. That was neat.
Then we went to explore. I didn’t expect anything much beyond some fenced-off entrances into long-empty bunkers and empty platforms where gun turrets had once stood, and that’s what I got. Still, it was interesting. To boot there were some cos-players knocking around, but as usual they were extremely shy of cameras not their own.
Thanks SY for booking the BBQ!
Chimney of an old power source?
One of many sealed-off bunkers.
This one was a powder magazine.
Another, this one not so severely fenced off. I did a brief explore inside, but there was nothing to remark on, just a dark dank space.
Steps that look like ‘The Ruins’ movie.
More large bunkers.
More modern tunnel ahead. SY and Kumi in the middle distance.
Nice tunnel, seems to glow.
Mike strides purposefully from tunnel to tunnel.
Cos-players eye me dubiously. Seconds later they break formation and face the wall. Why so shy?
LOST brick bunker.
Open-air tunnel cut through rock.
Down to old gun-turret base. Nothing to see though.
Except these caves.
I found a flue heading up out of a tunnel and shot upwards. I guess there might have been a ladder in here once.
And now, farewell ye Monkey Island!
See a curation of world ruins in the ruins gallery.
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