Fun Link Friday: 100-Year-Old Glass Plates in an Abandoned Japanese Home


Photo from PetaPixel

Many people in Japan are big fans of haikyo, literally meaning “ruins,” but more broadly meaning the exploration of abandoned sites in Japanese cities of countrysides. There’s even entire sites dedicated to it! One recent article I came across on PetaPixel was a firsthand account of one man’s exploration of a Taisho period (1912-1926) home that seems to have been abandoned in the 1970s or 1980s.

Carefully navigating the rubble, this explorer found rare glass plate photographs of the house in its heyday, its owners, and the surrounding area, which are absolutely stunning glimpses into the life and times of the house and its inhabitants. There are a ton of photos (both the glass plate photos and new ones of the present-day rubble) as well as a video that explores the property. Definitely be sure to head over to the original article and take a look at this incredible peek into haikyo history!

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Paula lives in the vortex of academic life. She studies medieval Japanese history.
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