Sunday, November 21, 2010

School haikyo

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Coming into Kawahira I stopped in to explore the old abandoned school

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There are hundreds and hundreds of abandoned schools in the countryside of Japan. As the population has fled to the cities student numbers decrease until a community can no longer sustain a school.

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Many of them get used as community centers.

This one had some machine tools and so was used for something, and also used for storage of agricultural equipment, straw, etc.

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There were many holes in the roof and consequently the floor was in bad condition so I didnt try to explore upstairs.

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A few more years and this building will collapse in on itself. Maybe a few years later it will be bulldozed. A few years after that they will maybe try and get it listed as a World Heritage Site.

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