Sunday, November 21, 2010
Coming into Kawahira I stopped in to explore the old abandoned school
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.
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.
There were many holes in the roof and consequently the floor was in bad condition so I didnt try to explore upstairs.
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.