Video 18 Aug 1 note

This is yet another abandoned school (combined elementary and junior high), but it’s in a really strange place, way up the roqd in Tobetsu. There’s NOTHING around it, and there never has been that much. There is a cemetary sorta nearby, so there must have been a little bit more. But not a lot.

また廃墟になった小中学校だけど、場所はちょっと不思議だ。当別町のずーっと奥の方にある。まわりになんにもない、まったく。昔からそうって気がするけど、まぁまぁ近くに墓場があるから住んでた人多分いたと思うけど、あんまり数少なかったかも。

Photo 12 Aug 2 notes This is the tip at the Horonai mine (Tomatsu pit head) in Mikasa. Some machine was left up at the top, but I’m not sure what. I’d love to find a way up there at some point.

三笠の幌内炭鉱(唐松坑口)のズリ山だ。何か機械が上に残されたけど何の機械が分からないよね。いつか登ってみたいね。

This is the tip at the Horonai mine (Tomatsu pit head) in Mikasa. Some machine was left up at the top, but I’m not sure what. I’d love to find a way up there at some point.

三笠の幌内炭鉱(唐松坑口)のズリ山だ。何か機械が上に残されたけど何の機械が分からないよね。いつか登ってみたいね。

Video 5 Aug 4 notes

Tunnels on the Yubari Line. One is still in use, but there is no need for the second one. The number of trains running each day is down to just a handfull every day. There used to be dozens.

夕張線のトンネルだ。一個はまだ使われてるけど走ってるもう一個はもう必要ない。汽車の数がすごく減って一日中の汽車を手で多分数える。昔に一日に何十本あったのに。

Video 29 Jul 2 notes

Here’s proof you don’t have to go out into the dying mining towns to find these places. This is a house in Kita-Hiroshima, a suburb of Sapporo. No idea of the story that goes with it, but it looks like it was a nice place once upon a time.

寂れてる街行かなくてもこういうとこもあるよね。この住宅は札幌のベッドタウンの北広島にある。この家のストーリーが全く分からないけどあるときに立派な家だったみたいよね。

Video 22 Jul 1 note

This is Kuriyama. It’s on the way to Yubari. There was a coal mine here as well, though it’s not as well known, and it was presumably smaller. The first photo is the entry to what was once upon a time Hinode Elementary School. The second is the remains of a house on the way up towards Kuriyama Mine. The last on is the sign, on the main road, pointing to the mine. The actual mine is inaccessible, unless you want to go around some gates onto private land.

栗山だ。夕張行く道の途中にある。ここにも炭鉱あったけど、あんまり有名じゃない。多分あんまり大きくなかったのでね。一枚目の写真は旧日出小学校の門だ。二枚目は炭鉱の道沿いにある自宅の遺跡だ。最後の写真は幹線の道路にある看板だ。炭鉱は立入禁止の私有土地にある。

Video 14 Jul

Some photos from this past April. This is, of course, Yubari. The Tokiwa area, I believe. A few people still live around here, but it’s in sad shape, as is much of the town. Beautiful location, though.

今年の4月の写真だ。やっぱり夕張だ。常葉地区だと思う。まだまだ住んでる人居るけど、夕張の全地区と同じように寂しい状態だよね。景色すごいけどさ。

Video 7 Jul 19 notes

The first photo makes it obvious to anyone from Japan, but this was a driving school in Yubari. Nothing on the schedule board for a long time.

夕張にあった自動車学校の写真だ。黒板に長い間何も予定書いてなかったよね。

Video 30 Jun 4 notes

More photos from the dormitory in Yubari that was featured a few weeka back. Walked through the hall of the first floor. No way in hell I’m taking those stairs. Kitchen was a complete mess.

2、3週間前ブログでアップした夕張にある寮の写真だ。一階の廊下を通り過ぎた。あの階段ゼッタイ登らないよね。台所は大変な状態だった。

Photo 24 Jun 7 notes Also from near Lake Toya. This was the highway, prior to the 2000 eruption. This was a downhill stretch. The ground rose some 70 meters (230 ft), creating this pond.
これも洞爺湖近くだ。2000年度の噴火前、これは国道だった。下り坂だった。土は70mぐらいあがったのでこのたまり水の池になっちゃった。

Also from near Lake Toya. This was the highway, prior to the 2000 eruption. This was a downhill stretch. The ground rose some 70 meters (230 ft), creating this pond.

これも洞爺湖近くだ。2000年度の噴火前、これは国道だった。下り坂だった。土は70mぐらいあがったのでこのたまり水の池になっちゃった。

Video 22 Jun 1 note

For this photo set, Father Time has taken a back seat to Mother Nature. This is the former Mikei Mental Hospital near Lake Toya, Hokkaido. When Mt. Usu erupted in 1977, it caused a lot of ground deformation, and the hospital was a casualty of that. Luckily, there were no patient casualties. Usu is probably the most active volcano in Hokkaido, with major eruptions in 1977-1982, and again in 2000.

今回の写真は時の翁じゃなくて母なる自然だよね。これは支笏湖近く旧三恵神経病院だ。1977年に有珠山が噴火したときに地盤変動結構あったのでこの病院は結構被害受けた。良かったのは患者さんは全員無事だった。有珠山は北海道一の活火山だと思う。1977年から1982年まで何回も噴火しちゃったし、2000年にも大きな噴火があった。


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