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Some of you might already know from my *announcement on Facebook* or just by reading CNN.com on a regular basis, but yours truly was featured in an article CNN published last week on urban exploration in Japan – in case you haven’t read it yet, *please have a look here*!

Earlier this year I wrote an article for the prestigious award-winning  e-magazine *Kyoto Journal*; 11 pages about “The Ruins of Western Japan” – from my *first indoor exploration* to *my favorite one*. The piece was published in issue #79, which you can buy *here*.

(*Like Abandoned Kansai on Facebook* if you don’t want to miss the latest articles and exclusive content – or subscribe to the *video channel on Youtube* to receive a message right after a new video is online…)

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One of the great things about writing an urbex blog is the fact that every couple of months I get the opportunity to meet really interesting people. One of them is Michael Uvnäs from Sweden, who publishes a free magazine named “Hilfe” in his spare time. I have no idea how he does it, but the first two issues looked fantastic with their high quality paper, adhesive binding and XL format (slightly bigger than DINA4) – his advertisers must be really generous!
Although being a magazine published in Swedish, “Hilfe” is German for “help”, so I was hooked instantly when Michael suggested a collaboration while visiting Osaka in spring. A couple of weeks later I wrote a nice little piece about abandoned amusement parks in Japan, Michael translated it into Swedish… and after some more months of hard work on Michael’s side the third issue of Hilfe became available earlier this month.
“Why are you telling me this? What’s in for me?!” you might say. Well, like I said, Hilfe is a free magazine – and if you live in Sweden, you can pick up a copy at one of several dozen distribution points. (In Stockholm, Uppsala, Västerås, Katrineholm, Eskilstuna, Norrköping and Södertälje.) For free. While stock lasts. All three issues can be ordered via SMS for the small fee of 40 kronor directly to your home, if you live in Sweden and have a mobile phone. So get the current issue now, while stock lasts!
*Click here to go to the website of Hilfe for more information!*

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Liebe “Spiegel Online”-Leser,
erneut herzlich willkommen auf Abandoned Kansai! Es freut mich sehr, dass Ihr Interesse an der Thematik des Artikels “Selbstmordschule mit Meerblick” Sie dazu bewogen hat, diesen Blog zu besuchen. (Der Artikel heißt wohl inzwischen “Kamikaze-Schule mit Meerblick”, aber das war soweit ich sehen kann die einzige Änderung.) Der einestages-Beitrag basiert auf den folgenden vier (englischsprachigen) Blog-Einträgen – wenn Sie auf die Links klicken, können Sie sich auf SPON nicht veröffentlichte Videos und zusätzliche Fotos ansehen:
Katashima Training School
Kawaminami Shipyard
Kawaminami Shipyard – R.I.P.?
Mukaiyama Mine
An dieser Stelle noch ein ausdrückliches Dankeschön an meinen Lektor Dr. Danny Kringiel von der einestages-Redaktion, der bei der Überarbeitung meines Artikel hervorragende Arbeit geleistet hat!
(Wenn Sie künftig über neue Artikel dieses Blogs informiert werden möchten, dann *folgen Sie Abandoned Kansai auf Twitter* und / oder *abonnieren Sie Neuigkeiten via Facebook* – außerdem gibt es einen *Videokanal auf Youtube*…)

Dear English speaking readers,
Today a second article of mine was published in German on Spiegel Online, one of the biggest and most respected German news portals. It’s called “Selbstmordschule mit Meerblick” (Suicide School With Ocean View – by now actually “Kamikaze-Schule mit Meerblick” / Kamikaze School With Ocean View) and is about Japanese suicide attack units during World War II. It combines four articles published on Abandoned Kansai:
Katashima Training School
Kawaminami Shipyard
Kawaminami Shipyard – R.I.P.?
Mukaiyama Mine
All information related to the locations can be found in the original articles, additional historical facts were added to tie everything together. To read the (German) article on Spiegel Online please *click here*. (A special thanks goes out to my editor at the einestages editorial team, Dr. Danny Kringiel.)
Abandoned Kansai will continue business as usual early next week with some snowy photos of a very popular deserted location…

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Liebe “Spiegel Online”-Leser,
herzlich willkommen auf Abandoned Kansai! Wie Sie womöglich schon festgestellt haben, liegt dieser Blog derzeit nur auf Englisch vor – die Navigation sollte dennoch einfach sein, da es sich um einen WordPress-Standardblog handelt. Falls Sie dennoch Fragen haben, hinterlassen Sie bitte einen Kommentar oder schreiben Sie mir eine E-Mail. Wie es der Zufall will, behandelt der diesem Eintrag folgende Blogartikel ebenfalls das Nara Dreamland und enthält drei recht interessante Videos, die ich dort aufgenommen habe. Wenn sich der Artikel auf Spiegel Online entsprechender Beliebtheit erfreut, werde ich dort bei Interesse über weitere Erkundungen berichten oder gar eine deutsche Fassung dieses Blogs in Betracht ziehen – bis dahin viel Vergnügen hier!

Dear English speaking readers,
Today I published an article in German about Nara Dreamland called “Traumland im Dornröschenschlaf” on Spiegel Online, one of the biggest and most respected German news portals with more than 135 million visits and more than 757 million page impressions in September 2011. Since the article there linked to this blog I made an exception and welcomed readers in my native tongue in case they are not able to understand English. If you wanna check out the article please *click here*, but if you have read all the Nara Dreamland related articles on this blog there’s nothing new for you, even if you understand German. The next exploration article will follow later this week or early next week – as always in English only (for now).

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Google launches Google+ – and Abandoned Kansai finally has a Facebook page… If you like this blog even just a little please *click it here* to like it on Facebook, too.

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Last week I got an e-mail from Antenne Bayern, Germany’s most popular private radio station, asking for permission to publish some of my Chernobyl pictures on their homepage. After some fruitful negotiations we agreed on eleven pictures and I wrote some captions for them – the rest, including the captions to my Youtube videos, was written by the staff at Antenne Bayern. Please *click here* to have a look at the picture series (the site is in German only).

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Do you like zombies? Are you able to read German? Then maybe you should have a look at “Untot: Dämmerung”, a free novel by the aspiring German author Andreas Stetter. First published in serialized form on his blog “Wissen statt glauben”, Andreas decided to release a PDF version once he wrapped up the story. But of course every decent PDF needs a cover – and that’s when yours truly came into play. Andreas asked me for permission to use one of my photos as the basis for the cover of Untot: Dämmerung – and of course I happily granted it, especially after I saw what his buddy Stefan did with the shot I took at the Hospital #126 in Pripyat. If you don’t like zombies, don’t know German or just hate reading in general… at least have a look at the cover – it’s really nice!
BTW: Do you remember the little article about the second issue of The Gopher Illustrated, an art magazine that will feature some of my pictures, I wrote back in November? Well, Rome wasn’t built in a day either – but you can finally have a sneak peak *here* and pre-order it *here*. (And yes, the sneak peak includes a couple of pictures I took – some very old ones actually.)

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A couple of weeks ago I received an e-mail from Lope Gutiérrez-Ruiz, co-organizer of the Venezuelan art festival Por el Medio de la Calle, editor of Plátanoverde magazine (in Spanish), and co-founder of The Gopher Illustrated - the latter ones being platforms for emerging artists. For the second issue of the Gopher the team was planning a feature about “urban landscape” and Lope asked me if I would like to participate by contributing some of my haikyo pictures. Considering that I started “real” photography without any kind of education (learning only by doing) just 10 months earlier I was equally surprised and flattered. Of course I agreed and today Lope made the collaboration official by publishing a short announcement on the front page of the Gopher’s homepage. The second print issue of the Gopher will be released in mid-December and of course I will mention it again then; just in case you want to buy a copy of the magazine via their online shop…

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Not even six months old my little, thematically very limited blog already got way more attention than I expected. Set up as an easy solution to tell family and friends about my occasional weekend photo trips to abandoned places (without sending huge e-mails all the time) and to complement the Kanto based haikyo blogs it not only drew the interest of quite a few regular readers, but also of an editor from Tokyo Weekender, a bi-weekly local lifestyle magazine published in the oh so far capital of Japan. I was asked some questions a few weeks ago and of course I was happy to give some answers. Now the great article can be read in the latest issue of Tokyo Weekender and also online here. Please check it out if you have a minute – and if Tokyo Weekender was the reason you found this blog: Welcome, I hope you’ll enjoy what you can read and see here!

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