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ComedyLiker23
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I found pictures on a Japan website of Abandoned Amusement Park. I used Google to translate from Japanese to English.

http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fhome.f01.itscom.net%2Fspiral%2Ft_rando%2Ft_rando1.html&langpair=ja%7Cen&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&prev=%2Flanguage_tools

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Wow, like a real-life scene from Spirited Away.

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The way I translate it is this:

Behold! The training track on which our kamikaze pilots gain great fearlessness.

Observe the maximum security wheel on which the cells of the American prisoners dangle. Secure!

Three Stars stand for Emperor! for Army! for Navy! Also mean you cannot order as take-out.

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That's cool. I've always liked the type of ruins where it looks like they just shut the doors for the last time and then walk away. This one looks like it's been sitting for quite a while, and that sort of surprises me because land is SO valuable in Japan. IF that's where it's located.

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Cool. I love ruins. People always think I'm nuts for having an interest in abandoned buildings and structures, whether they be ancient or modern. I always like to imagine what the place looked like, who lived there, or what it was used for. The fact that this is an amusement park makes it sort of sad and spooky.

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Those are some cool images.

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Doug4.7
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The person could not have picked a better day to make those photos. The whole fog thing just adds to the impact of the shots.

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quote:
Originally posted by Doug4.7:
The person could not have picked a better day to make those photos. The whole fog thing just adds to the impact of the shots.

I gathered that the fog was rather common in that area due to the geography.

I agree with you though, it does make it looks so much more sad and spooky.

I too love these types of ruins. I'm not sure why, I just do.

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Wow! Those are some great pictures.

Anyone figure out where it's at? I'd like to use it to headquarter my criminal operation, which I guarantee will not be ruined by those meddling kids and their dog.

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HenryChicane
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Those images are great. If I lived anywhere near that place I think I would risk a trespassing charge to explore it. I think I would have more fun than in an operating amusement park.

Can you imagine exploring a place like that at night?

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Amazing images, the guy with the camera is a wizard. The fog and the subject makes it somewhat easier, but he is still a master at bringing out colours and perspective.

That ferris wheel looks a bit familiar. Could it be that the pictures are mislabeled, I think I've seen something familiar in photos from Chernobyl? That would explain why it was shut down and the desolate surroundings. It could also explain the stars on the roller coaster (but, on the other hand, stars on a roller coaster does not really need an explanation).

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Those are wonderful. I love the little picture descriptions too.

Spirited Away begins with Chihiro's Dad talking about abandoned theme parks in Japan, thinking they have accidentally ended up in one.

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It's not Chernobyl:
Chernobyl amusement park

More pages from the park in the OP:
Page 2

Page 3

The 9th picture on page three appears to have either Katakana or Hiragana. That would place the park in Japan. But, I can't be sure.

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That's a creepy little slide show.

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TB Tabby
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I liked the description of the abandoned coaster track:

quote:
The white dragon which is hurt had rested the body on the grass.


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There's a YTMND regarding these series of pictures with rather suitable music to amplify that eerie feeling.

You can find it here.

One user has a theory on its origins:

quote:
Yeah, apparently there are a lot of sights like this in Japan due to the
recession they've been feeling for awhile. It's a sad thing, though it's
worth mentioning that the movie Spirited Away kicks off in an abandoned
amusement park and a few words of explanation are given.

Another user supported that theory:

quote:
Again, blame it on the massive economic shift in 1992-98. It was psychotic.
It went from 80 yen to the dollar in the early 90s to 145 yen in 1998.
That's unheard of. Their money was worth literally half. For a westernized,
thriving economy, it was like WWII all over again. The upheaval was so
great, and is still pretty rough today, that suicides rose to epic
proportions. That, and many workers would leave home daily, just to wander
the local parks, too embarrassed to tell the family that their job is gone.



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Here's a different translation of the site
http://studyinjapan.blogspot.com/2005/05/translation-of-abandoned-roller_18.html

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quote:
Originally posted by TB Tabby:
I liked the description of the abandoned coaster track:

quote:
The white dragon which is hurt had rested the body on the grass.

Me too!

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There are a heap more from the same photographer here:

http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fhome.f01.itscom.net%2Fspiral%2Ft_rando%2Ft_rando1.html&langpair=ja%7Cen&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&prev=%2Flanguage_tools

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I suddenly remembered that I have a strange phobia concerning pictures of abandoned amusement parks. (I have never been to one personally- but I probably also have a fear of being in one.) I have even had nightmares about them.

I don't know what it is about them, but they really creep me out.

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Looking at those pictures really inspires me to write story about seeing spirits in an old abandoned theme park... Maybe a 10 year old girl gets caught up in the magic...

Naw, it would never sell.... [Wink]

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I absolutely love the first photo on the second page!

Also, in a book I have that has writing prompts, one presents the idea of a little boy stumbling upon an amusement park in the woods while camping with his family...hmmmm

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I especially like the pictures of the carousel. Cervus, I have a real interest in abandoned buildings as well. They're sometimes creepy, sometimes sad, always interesting.

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I've always liked the type of ruins where it looks like they just shut the doors for the last time and then walk away.
That's pretty much what they did with Pacific Ocean Park (as can be seen in the final episode of The Fugitive, which climaxed with a chase through a deserted amusement park).

A local zoo/animal park called Jungleland (famous as the site where Jayne Mansfield's child was mauled by a big cat) closed down when I was about 9 years old. They auctioned off most of the animals and fixtures, but the land itself and the sturdier structures (such as the marine animal tanks) were simply left to be overgrown by bamboo. It was a neat place to explore and play, and after the skateboarding craze took hold in the mid-1970s the marine tanks became a favorite practice spot.

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Count me in to the Snopes Abandoned Buildings Explorer Club. There's a great website, Forgotten NY, that is full of weird, old, abandoned stuff in NYC. I've always been fascinated by that kind of stuff.

I don't fear abandoned structures (but I'd never visit one alone), but I've had nightmares for years about industrial areas at night, I'm terrified of them. When I was in beauty school at night, it was in an industrial park and I was paralyzed in fear at the thought of ending up there alone one night and someone finding me dead in the ravine beside it. Yes, there was a ravine beside it. [Roll Eyes]

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Hey, what's that hole in the ground?
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Those of you into abandoned buildings/Urban Exploration should really check out Urban Exploration Resource
You have to register, but the UE Photography forum is well worth it.

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I don't fear abandoned structures (but I'd never visit one alone), but I've had nightmares for years about industrial areas at night, I'm terrified of them. When I was in beauty school at night, it was in an industrial park and I was paralyzed in fear at the thought of ending up there alone one night and someone finding me dead in the ravine beside it. Yes, there was a ravine beside it.
Tell me about it, Ana. I didn't realize that I was afraid of Industrial areas at night until I was driving through the south side of Chicago at 1 in the morning. I didn't see a single person, but that still ranks in the top 5 scariest things i've *ever* experienced.

I still get shaky when driving through the Industrial part of my city (which is actually a really bad part of town) because of that. I don't know if it was because of the reputation or because it was abandoned, smokey and the middle of the night.

All I know is that I never want to see a decrepit, rusty, old factory building again.

(FYI: I'm getting chills while typing this)

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Here's a review of Fantazy Land - a theme park in Alexandria, Egypt.

Oh, and this one is OPEN! [Eek!]

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Same park, different photographer.

The pictures for the roller coasters are attributed to the photographer of the OP. The park's been closed for only 7 years.

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quote:
Here's a review of Fantazy Land - a theme park in Alexandria, Egypt.
Oh, and this one is OPEN!

Well...uh...at least there uh...

...weren't any lines?

[Eek!]

Edited to add quote.

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This post is my first on any message board ever. (I'm an old foagie.) The amusement park pictures from the original post in question are, in fact, from Japan. I lived in Hiratsuka, Japan for two years as an English instructor and have been back to visit twice since then. This park is located near the Fuji Five Lakes region about three hours straight of Tokyo. It went out of business after the Japanese bubble burst. Competition from Tokyo Disneyland and its related parks didn't help either. The day I saw it, it was also shrouded in fog. Thanks for indulging the novice.
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I'm sorry. The fifth sentence should read, "three hours straight south of Tokyo."
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