The word haikyo is Japanese for “ruin”.

Here are a few…

A brain in a jar...

…in an abandoned doctor’s lab

A mammoth ride...

…in Niigata Russian Village… Japan

Russian theme park

from another visitor’s blog

A lead paperweight...

… in a rotting onsen resort hotel

A totem pole...

…in a totem pole graveyard

Chemical pools...

…of Osarizawa mine


…in an abandoned hospital


  1. Michael said,

    March 10, 2010 at 10:51 am

    Thanks for featuring my shots 🙂 It is indeed curious to come across these sort of old and decaying objects in secret, abandoned locations!

    • mudhooks said,

      March 10, 2010 at 10:54 am

      I dream of finding such places. There must be some in my area. I just don’t know about them. Most of the abandoned I photograph are barns, old houses… that sort of thing.

  2. March 10, 2010 at 10:18 am

    An unusual selection of haikyo shots, by that perhaps not the particular shots I would have chose to represent haikyo in Japan…but nevertheless thanks for putting one of my shots as the lead image! That image you chose was one of 61 haikyo images in an exhibition I had last year. Another brain in a jar shot sold actually, not the one featured.

    • mudhooks said,

      March 10, 2010 at 10:25 am

      I’d never heard the term before so was just going by what I was seeing when I googled the word. I also went with the images that most appealed to me (ones I wish I would find!).

      I’m amazed at the buildings simply left abandoned and left with everything in them. Also amazed at the fact that, for the most part, many haven’t been vandalized.

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