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Japanese Ghost Town Snapped in Film by Riccardo Parenti

I've always believed that every city in the world has some ruins and abandoned buildings, spots that are forgotten and ignored but always full of stories to tell. Then, there are also ghost towns -- entire towns that used to be bustling with life, but are now crumbling and rotting away with the passing of time. A Tokyo-based Italian photographer has been taking photos of a popular ghost town in Japan, and I should say they're seriously fascinating.

Rotting houses, decrepit buildings, rooms in disarray, walls still covered with peeling paint. Abandoned buildings appear to be the stuff of nightmares and horror flicks, but for every city that has one, there will always be a curious photographer-cum-urban-explorer or two, ready to enter and examine every nook and cranny of the creepy buildings. For those of us who won’t dare peek through the windows of these abandoned buildings, we have these brave souls to thank for feeding our curiosity with their compelling photos.

One such photographer is Riccardo Parenti, an art director and photographer from Italy who is now based in Tokyo. One of his current projects involves photographing the famous ghost town of Nichitsu, an abandoned mining town about three hours away from Tokyo.

Located in Chichibu in the remote, mountainous region northeast of Saitama Prefecture, Nichitsu was once home to around 3,000 people during its prime in 1965. However, when the town’s namesake Nichitsu Corporation (who bought the mines in 1937) ceased mining operations in 1978, residents began leaving the town. Urban explorers say limited mining of limestone continues in the area at present, but the town remains abandoned to this day.

Parenti’s photos taken using a Mamiya 7 and Kodak Ektar 100 tell of a scenic mountainside town that had everything its residents needed: comfortable homes and apartments, a post office, a town hall, a school, and even a hospital. Many of the rooms he had photographed still had the residents’ personal belongings, lending character and extra creepy vibes to the town.

While waiting for Parenti to take more snaps around Nichitsu, why don’t we all watch a clip showing us around the creepy yet interesting ghost town:

So, have you ever been inside an abandoned building or even a ghost town? Share your photos and stories with us and leave a comment below!

All information for this article were sourced from Koi Koi Koi and Haikyo.org.

written by plasticpopsicle

10 comments

  1. clownshoes

    clownshoes

    I've been to plenty of old ghost towns and abandoned areas. We have a number of interesting places here in Florida. But it's very rare that they are as well persevered as this town.

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  2. jourdanlynch

    jourdanlynch

    I would love to explore a ghost town like this... unfortunately, where I live the closest you will get to this is maybe a abandoned factory unit... nothing this old and personal.

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  3. belkabelochka

    belkabelochka

    On one hand, it's nice that people leave everything where they found it because it's not theirs and other people can have a look, but on the other hand, it's kind of a shame to see so much interesting and useable stuff left to rust and rot....yeah, that's right, I want that big-ass cassette boombox in the first photo! :D

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  4. plasticpopsicle

    plasticpopsicle

    @clownshoes @jourdanlynch I've only been to an abandoned theater in my city, but the local government and some civic groups have started to renovate it bit by bit. It's not as interesting as the buildings in this ghost town, though. Exploring and photographing a ghost town like this would be an amazing experience!

    @belkabelochka Imagine if there are interesting cameras still in the houses, too, like those still with film inside. That would be awesome! But who knows, maybe nobody felt like taking something from the houses (would be kind of creepy to do so), so the character of the whole town would be intact for the next couple more years.

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  5. clownshoes

    clownshoes

    In Japan, right? Take something from there; one might get haunted "Grudge" style.

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  6. plasticpopsicle

    plasticpopsicle

    @clownshoes Oh yes, I feel that's totally possible. *shudders*

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  7. jourdanlynch

    jourdanlynch

    I think there is a old hospital somewhere near where I live that was closed in 1980's that still has old x-ray machines and equipment in it... and a old abandoned asylum for the mentally ill... I have been meaning to look for both of them... this has inspired me to maybe go find them.

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  8. plasticpopsicle

    plasticpopsicle

    @jourdanlynch I say go for it and good luck! That's definitely horror flick material, so I salute you for even thinking of going there! Don't forget to tell your story and share your photos!

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  9. bloomchen

    bloomchen

    @clownshoes same here. in berlin you wouldn´t find such places where no savages had been around. same with the huge nazi beach ressort prora (http://en.wikipedia.(…)/wiki/Prora) and so many other places. in berlin i only know two buildings that still have furnishing inside - but those are protected by security.

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  10. plasticpopsicle

    plasticpopsicle

    @all Hey guys, got in touch with Riccardo Parenti for an interview; check it out: http://www.lomograph(…)rdo-parenti

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