Some links to “ruins” blogs

16 Nov

A relic of the 1980s "bowling boom." Source: michaeljohngrist.com

When we look at the mystery-horror novel OUT, one important precedent to keep in mind is the gothic novel: the novel of architectural decrepitude and feminine confinement par excellence.

OUT‘s 1997 publication coincides nicely with a small boom in gothic tourism, to abandoned industrial properties located on the outskirts of towns. They are not necessarily feminine spaces, but still, they evoke similar senses of gloom, abandonment, and strange lyrical beauty. Here are some links to “ruins” (haikyo 廃墟) blogs which document and brood upon these abandoned spaces.

Michael John Grist is an American guy who has caught onto the ruin trail.

This guy is more nostalgic, and includes images of bygone foods you might have eaten in the ryōkan of ages past…

And finally, I include this one because it shows and links to the Amazon.jp page for several of the amazing sub-varieties of ruin appreciation–railroad, amusement park, and most famously, Gunkanjima

DVD cover. Source: Amazon.co.jp

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