Dubbed one of the most haunted destinations on the planet, the Island of Hashima aka Gunkanjima aka Ghost Island, holds nothing back when it comes to encompassing the undeniable and ultimate fear factor where humans are concerned. After only one visit to the island, you realize that it's incredible likeness to hell on earth makes it the perfect location for filming horror and paranormal flicks. The deeply scarred and haunting ruins of today are the remnants of the bustling coal mining facility that once employed and housed thousands of workers.
(端島 Hashima Island or simply Hashima - -shima is a Japanese suffix for island), commonly called Gunkanjima (軍艦島; meaning Battleship Island ), is an abandoned island lying about 15 kilometers (9 miles) from the city of Nagasaki, in southern Japan. It is one of 505 uninhabited islands in Nagasaki Prefecture.
Today the emptiness is mirrored by haunting images of the almost 6,000 residents that long ago considered the concrete bordered city on the coast of Nagasaki, Japan their home, and even though the island is completely void of any human species that may currently be living and breathing among the broken fragments, the ominous feeling that someone is lurking in the darkest corners of the abandoned parcel is more than apparent to anyone that dares to tread into the pending dangers that lie ahead.
The little harbor village quickly grew into a diverse port city[citation needed ], and Portuguese products imported through Nagasaki (such as tobacco, bread, textiles and a Portuguese sponge-cake called ) were assimilated into popular Japanese culture.
At first glance, the gateway to the Devil's den appears to be in the offering if the blatant thick and misty atmosphere is any indication as to what each obscure turn has in store for anyone daring to investigate it. Once opened to tourists, Hashima Island has been closed off since the 1970s. Visitors must now take a boat from the nearby island of Takashima, but this is only if they can find someone who isn't afraid to do so, because not only do the locals fear the shadow entities, treading around the haunted island is punishable by law. From a distance, Hashima Island resembles Alcatraz with it's unsightly concrete sea wall that encases the hidden ghostly gems that are most likely waiting to be awakened by the gentle conjuring of the unknowing souls that visit the area from time to time.
Often reflected upon as the "Forgotten World," visitors will discover everything from a stairway to hell, where many describe feelings of pain while climbing the winding stairs that once was used as a gateway to neighboring apartments within the facility. A shrine that was once honored by the mine workers can be found at the top of the stairway near building 57. Each year in April, the Yamagami celebration would bring the entire community on the island together for the festivities.
Surrounded by calm blue waters, the haunting image of the island holds many keys to the past among the many forgotten buildings that greet you upon your arrival. Located within the rubble, you will find the remnants of baths that once gave relief to the tired mine workers after a long, hard day of grueling work. The miners would submerge themselves, fully clothed into the alluring black water that soothed aching bones. The eroded buildings have been brutally punished by the sea air and the ghosts that live on the island have been left behind and all but forgotten until someone arrives and wakes them up.
It is believed that most of the apparitions hanging around the abandoned city on the water are more than likely Korean and Chinese war prisoners that were brought in to compensate for the lacking work force that World War II had a higher need for. The bustling daily grind on the island was abruptly halted when the Japanese mine workers were sent to battle.
The prisoners worked long days, were forced into cramped and filthy lodging conditions, endured disease, and barely survived on the starvation diet that was served to them daily on unclean eating vessels, similar to a small dog bowl. Many of these laborers succumbed to death, their bodies burned on the island, leaving a dark and foreboding element to the island that is still felt today.
Courage is needed to step foot onto the island due to the threatening atmosphere that greets you just before docking your boat and walking on shore. Lights coming from deep within the rubble can be seen flickering, but their source is never located. After stepping foot onto the eerie property, there is a feel that at any moment someone will appear from one of the many apartments. Dark shadows have been caught peering at onlookers, offering proof of the lives that once existed on Hashima Island so many years ago.
Toys, dishes, furniture, clothing, and other objects are strewn about the apartments and along the grounds. The hospital beds that were once a place of hope for the sickly bodies that rested upon them are now rusted and disintegrated. Dusty bottles of medicine sit on shelves, untouched other than from the slow decay that the sea delivers to them over the years. Distorted cries and moans have been heard coming from the underground mines that once served as a way of life to the people that lived here. For others, it was their personal fear cage that was nothing short of hell on earth.
Several manifestations on Ghost Island have been seen by the living, but only when these energies desire to appear and make their ghostly presence known. A few of these lost souls have remained in place long enough to allow the subject witnessing them to photograph their haunting image. Paranormal investigators have used many types of equipment to determine if the island is truly haunted and they never walk away disappointed.
The Electronic Voice Phenomena that records the voices of the dead and typically detects white noise or static proved to be beneficial when used on the island. The investigators were rewarded with voices that came back babbling, and several more lucky hits from the EVP supported further evidence that the dead was attempting to communicate with the living with the uttering of the chilling words spoken in a language indigenous to a foreign country.
Cold spots deliver temperature spikes in dangerous areas that more than likely took the lives of many of the workers and are now havens for the ghosts. Concentrated areas known as portals or vortexes can be located throughout Hashima, specifically at the entrance of the mine shafts. The feeling of being in direct contact with the ghosts comes by way of touch. This is a common occurrence on Ghost Island. People have described being pushed, pulled, burned, and scratched during their visit to Hashima.
Due to public interest in the island, the government has designated Hashima as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The History Channel featured the island in an episode aptly named, "Life After People, the Bodies Left Behind." Hashima Island has been used as an inspirational backdrop for music videos and films due to the realistic effects that have been brought on by the elements after being abandoned and underpopulated for over forty years.
Surrounded by calm blue waters, the haunting image of Hashima Island holds many keys to the past among the many forgotten buildings that greet you upon your arrival. At first glance, the gateway to the Devil's den appears to be in the offering if the blatant thick and misty atmosphere is any indication as to what each obscure turn has in store for anyone daring to investigate it.
Dubbed one of the creepiest and most haunted destinations on the planet; the Island of Hashima aka Gunkanjima aka Ghost Island, holds nothing back
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