Hello and welcome to Abandoned Kansai!
My name is Florian Seidel and I’m a German expatriate living and working in Osaka, Japan.
In late 2009 I began with urban exploration in the Kansai area and since there was no English speaking homepage about the topic (most foreign urban explorers are located in Kanto, the area around Tokyo) I started this blog in January of 2010 to fill the gap. I’m a strict follower of the unwritten rule “take nothing but photographs, leave nothing but footprints” and if it was for me I wouldn’t even climb fences or risk getting caught by security guards / neighbours / … – but I guess that’s part of urban exploration and therefore unavoidable if you want to take good pictures of the really interesting places…
All the pictures on this blog are taken with Nikon cameras (D90 / D7000 / D7100) and the 18-200mm kit lens (locations shot after August 2010 most likely will include shots made with a Tokina 11-16mm lens), if nothing else is mentioned. I only publish JPEGs and I don’t do any post-production other than resizing the pictures. Once in a while I do some *tonemapped HDR photos which can be found here*.
If you would like to drop me a line, please leave a comment or write to abandonedkansaiSPAMPROTECTION@gmail.com; without the capitalized part, of course… Please understand that I am not a tour guide and e-mails about coordinates or security go directly to the spam folder! I am more than happy to answer e-mails, especially from other professionals, but please be aware that it might take me a while to do so, even after I responded to you before. It’s not out of spite or laziness, it’s simply because I live a very busy life and sometimes urgent things come up that require a certain priority.
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Major sites who did that in the past include:
news.com.au for their article about Expoland
japantimes.co.jp for their article about abandoned places in Japan
dailymail.co.uk for their article about Western Village
thesun.co.uk for their article about abandoned Japanese hospitals
express.co.uk for their article about abandoned Japanese hospitals
dailymail.co.uk for their article about abandoned Japanese hospitals
The Japan Times for an article about Western media and Japan (print also)
news.com.au for their article about Kejonuma Leisure Land
dailymail.co.uk for their article about Kejonuma Leisure Land
travelbook.de for their article about Kejonuma Leisure Land
weather.com for their article about Kejonuma Leisure Land
mirror.co.uk for their article about Nara Dreamland
abcnews.go.com for their article about Nara Dreamland
CNN.com citing Abandoned Kansai as their only source in an article about urbex in Japan
Previous to that, quite a few huge websites quoted and linked Abandoned Kansai – I was lenient in the past, but should I consider it picture stealing in future cases, I might have to take appropriate actions to protect myself and my media partners:
– io9 loving the abandoned Japanese Sex Museum
– Reddit and the discussion about the Shime Coal Mine being the perfect Anti-Zombie Fortress
– Knowyourmeme making the Anti-Zombie Fortress officially a meme
– Tofugu and their article about abandoned Japanese amusement parks
– neoteo mentioning the abandoned Japanese Sex Museum
– Aramatheydidn’t “republishing” Tofugu’s article
– Imagineeringdisney wrote an article about Nara Dreamland
– io9 picking up on the Anti-Zombie Fortress
– Wired and their article about haikyo