Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Haikyo is a Japanese word that means something along the lines of "ruin" and "abandoned building", and its a word that is becoming used in English now. There are lots of people who's hobby is exploring abandoned sites around Japan. Where I live close to half the buildings are abandoned, so it doesn't seem anything special.
This tiny haikyo was on the trail leading up to the small chapel at Otome Pass, in Tsuwano, the site of the torture and martydom of Japanese christians in the late 19th Century.
It was a small tea room/cafe, and was probably built in the late 1960's when Japan started to experience a domestic travel boom
One of the fascinations of haikyo seems to be that often things will be left untouched as they were.