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Ruins of the Rising Sun - Adventures in Abandoned Japan

by Michael John Grist

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[Into the Ruins: Adventures in Abandoned Japan] by [Michael John Grist] give new insight as to why his fiction novels are so creative and dark. I love looking at pictures and knowing the stories of abandoned places and [Grist] in this book takes you with him on his adventures with some pretty amazing photography to go along with the narrative. I highly recommend this book as well as his website. ( )
  MsHooker | Mar 16, 2015 |
An interesting examination of industrial heritage and ruins in Japan

As an eager enthusiast of industrial heritage and ruins, it's always interesting to discover a new addition to the few books available on the topic, in particular a book focusing on Japanese industrial and commercial heritage ruins. I visited several of the sites illustrated in Michael John Grist's new book, more than a decade ago, when they were still active commercial businesses. It is fascinating to see how the sites have evolved, or devolved, with nature and decay over-taking the buildings where people once worked and visited.

The narrative is well written by a researcher and author who is passionately interested in his subject. The accompanying photos, some of ruins which have since disappeared in the few short years since he visited the sites, are an excellent visual display of the atmosphere found at many ruins. The author's choice, or unfortunate chance, of visiting sites when the weather is overcast, adds to the atmosphere of desolation of abandonment and decay. As such it adds to the sense of adventure and humour found through the book.

A wonderful read, that I have already recommended to others interested in Japan and industrial heritage and ruins.
  richardfarmer | Mar 13, 2014 |
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