This was their flagship plant in Hokkaido, Japan, with furnaces dating as far back as the 1960s. This Japanese Steel factory was driven to bankruptcy in 2004 when shifts in construction methods made their high-grade steel obsolete. The property is now abandoned, and while some of the structures have been destroyed the remains of equipment will be housed in several of the buildings.
We are used to seeing incredibly old and dusty buildings that haven’t seen a footstep in decades or more. This building had been abandoned for many years. These photographers sneak into abandoned Japanese Steel Mill and capture the work process that the walls were once filled with. They paint a picture of a once-thriving beautiful structure and its slow decay back to the earth.
From the building, there is a bridge with a railway and track development. There is an invisible entrance to the territory – first, you need to climb the rock and crawl under the barbed wire fence (this is Japan – they adore thorns here, entangling even schools with it). Well, as soon as we got through, a car stopped below, and several Japanese got out of it and climbed after. Only this was not enough for us – we had to hide a brick booth and wait.
Having overcome the rise, the Japanese stopped in front of a thorn, apparently thinking how to climb over it. We just removed one of the wires and hung it back behind us. But they, apparently, did not think to do so. Or maybe they were afraid. As a result, after taking a couple of photos outside, they crawled back, and we continued (that is, began) to study the plant. I really liked the place – it smells of antiquity and has a beautiful background of mountain peaks!