Skyfall’s Ghost Town

In the Summer of 2011, we had a series about ghost towns from around the world. I wrote a story about a ghost town which actually takes up an entire island. Hashima Island, off the coast of Japan, was once the home to thousands of workers who were employed by Mitsubishi Corporation as coal miners. This year, the island is featured in the latest James Bond film Skyfall as the hide out for Silva and where Bond is taken to meet him for the first time.

You can enjoy my original write up about the island here: Ghost Towns: Hashima Island, Japan

‘Ghosts’ stalk Japan’s tsunami city

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A year after whole neighbourhoods full of people were killed by the Japanese tsunami, rumours of ghosts swirl in Ishinomaki as the city struggles to come to terms with the awful tragedy.

One reconstruction project appears stalled because of fears the undead spirits of those who perished last March will bring bad luck.

“I heard people working to repair the store became sick because of ghosts,” Satoshi Abe, 64, said, gesturing to a half-repaired supermarket.

“People died everywhere, here and there. The city is full of such stories,” he said.

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Teenager died from suffocation in exorcism

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While we don’t talk about exorcism and demonic possession here on this blog, it is, nonetheless, a real part of the field of paranormal, being outside the realm of what is accepted as “normal”. However, I thought it important to shed light on the things that can and do go wrong when people erroneously believe that an individual is possessed. I hope that this young woman has found peace on the other side from whatever she might have been suffering from.

A teenage girl thought by her father to have been possessed by an ‘evil spirit’ died from suffocation during an exorcism, it has been reported.

Tomomi Maishigi’s father and a monk performed a ‘waterfall service’ on the 13-year-old where she was allegedly bound to a chair by a belt and placed face-up underneath a water pump for five minutes at a Buddhist church in Kumamoto, south Japan.

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Ghost Towns: Hashima Island, Japan

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Imagine living on an island that’s a mere 15 acres of land. Sounds like a lot of room, right? Considering that 15 acres is .02 square miles and at it’s peak, there were 5,259* individuals living within this 15 acre compound, it’s quite cramped. Highrise apartments reached high into the sky, pressed tightly together, providing housing to those who were forced to live and work on this island that was once considered the most densely populated area on earth.
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