el ganeden d'esmareldas

the garden of emeralds

Futaba, Fukushima, Japan

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Abandoned shops (Kura) line the street, a crumbled home in the distance


Plants begin to grow through the cement, abandoned houses can be seen in the background


Plant like breaks through the cement even more noticeably here


A collapsed building opposite a home (?) that looks fine, excusing the plants growing through the front.

Though the land Futaba is on has a history relating to the Kofun period, with nearby burial mounds, it wasn’t truly named its own town until 1956. During the Boshin War (1868-1869) it was the site of the Battle of Iwaki. The name ‘Futaba’ was first the name of a district. In the district was a town named Shineha which would later be changed to be the town ‘Futaba’. Futaba relied on agriculture as well as fishing and growing carnations for its economy. Futaba was deserted in the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster and the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami in 2011. The town was evacuated and is now closed off, except a small portion. The population is at 0, and Futaba is uninhabitable.

37°26′57″N 141°00′45″E


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