February’s recommendation is a photography book on Hashima (also known as Gunkanjima), a derelict island in Nagasaki Prefecture. Developed in the late 1880s to house a coal mining facility, it grew to host a population of over 5,000 in the 1960s before being abandoned in 1974. Although it has since been deteriorating, the ruins are testament to the Industrial Age in Japan.
The photography book shows the island as it is today, a haunting juxtaposition of industrial buildings being reclaimed by nature. You may recognize Hashima from the 2012 James Bond Movie ‘Skyfall’, as it served as the model for the villain’s base.
While the island is unsafe to completely explore, there are tours to some parts of the island. I would very much like to visit this island of history someday.
Please enjoy looking at Feburuary’s book while having your hair colored or permed!