The mines in Osarizawa and Matsuo closed decades ago, leaving behind the ruins of industry and miners' homes. The shattered landscape offers a foretaste of a not-too-distant apocalypse.

Michael Johngrist explores ruins, and during a trip to Japan, he photographed the striking ruins that resulted from the closings of the mines in Osarizawa and Matsuo. The first three images come from Osarizawa, where the smelting facilities for the gold and copper mine closed in 1978. Mitsubishi currently owns the property, where it gives guided tours, possibly to protect visitors from the aging contents of the former smelting pools.

The second set of images comes from the apartment complex surrounding the Matsuo sulfur mines. Building began on the apartments in 1951, but were abandoned when mine was closed in 1969.

[Out of Ruins via Pink Tentacle]

Japan's Abandoned Mines Hint at the Ruins We'll Leave BehindS

Osarizawa mine and pools

Japan's Abandoned Mines Hint at the Ruins We'll Leave BehindS

Osarizawa mine

Japan's Abandoned Mines Hint at the Ruins We'll Leave BehindS

Pool at Osarizawa mine

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Mist-shrouded apartment complex at Matsuo

Japan's Abandoned Mines Hint at the Ruins We'll Leave BehindS

Matsuo apartment complex

Japan's Abandoned Mines Hint at the Ruins We'll Leave BehindS

Interior of Matsuo apartment

Japan's Abandoned Mines Hint at the Ruins We'll Leave BehindS

Bath house in Matsuo

Japan's Abandoned Mines Hint at the Ruins We'll Leave BehindS

Interior of Matsuo complex