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Imari Kawanami Shipyard

This shipyard was used as a munitions factory and was especially famous to produce the human torpedo during World War II. Its appearance is stunning during summer especially when the light is seen coming through the round windows. I visited the shipyard one more time after it was almost completely demolished, and I was able to see the whole structure for the first time.

Text and photos by Akemi Kotabe.


– structure covered by vines


  • 1940 – 1955