Instagram Accounts for Lovers of Haikyo: Japanese Spooky & Decaying Places
In our world full of man-made structures there’s no shortage of decaying, decrepit urban spaces. And the inherent dangers and legalities of infiltrating these spaces have increasingly enticed explores. Terms used to describe the hobby are as plentiful as the sites themselves: there’s the abbreviated urbex the less-tasteful but humorous ruin porn and in Japan there’s haikyo. Written as 廃墟 the term literally means “ruins” and is used to describe abandoned infrastructure but is also synonymous with the practice of urban exploration. Here are a few instagrammers you can follow who beautifully and sometimes creepily document Japan’s haikyo. Do you have any suggestions? Tell us in the comments!
10 Instagram accounts for lovers of spooky, decaying places
Call it ruin porn or urbex (urban exploration), but inspired photos of abandoned buildings have an uncanny ability to be creepy and beautiful at the same time. This Halloween, embrace the haunted, eerie, and grotesque right on your phones with these spooktacular Instagram accounts documenting everything from crumbling rural farmhouses to decaying World War II fortresses.
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Hailing from Sapporo (the city, not the beer) on the northern island of Hokkaido, Daisuke Hirade shows what it would look like if a Japanese anime fantasy went horribly wrong. The account is an ode to haikyo, Japanese spooky and decaying places. Literally translated, the term means “ruins” and is a collection of photographs showing abandoned sites. It’s like the Japanese equivalent of #urbex or #ruinporn. For Hirade, this means focusing on the unloved sections of northern Japan. He mostly visits abandoned schools, amusement parks, and hospitals following his motto “The man who has no imagination has no wings.” His pictures are equal parts skin-crawling creepy and hauntingly beautiful, as they should be – he’s published three kindle books on haikyo, making him a certifiable expert on the topic!