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Japan’s Haikyo Highlights the Beauty of Decay
There’s just something about abandoned buildings that ignites an adventurous spirit. Perhaps it’s that inherent bit of danger, as abandoned structures are almost always unsafe to a degree. Or maybe it’s the thrill of trespassing that entices others. For me personally, I think there’s just something incredibly poignant about crumbling infrastructures—an otherworldly merging of beauty and decay. It’s also a reminder of temporal limitations, not just for human beings, but for society at large. And there’s something absolutely triumphant about the way Nature reclaims her territory.
There’s a sizable subculture of dedicated to exploring and documenting these disintegrating behemoths; practitioners are often dubbed “Urban Explorers” or fans of “Ruin Porn”. In Japan, however, the word that describes these abandoned buildings is synonymous with the practice of infiltration: Haikyo (廃墟) literally translates to “ruins” but it’s also the verb that describes exploring these areas. The implication is that these remnants of dying culture are meant to be appreciated, experienced, and documented for future generations.
Jordy Meow is one of the world’s premier “Haikoyists” and the curator of, where those interested in this fascinating subculture can peruse thousands of captivating photos. You can enjoy Meow’s work at your leisure, HERE: Fans of all things beautiful and macabre will definitely be impressed!
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