KOBE, JAPAN IMAGES: THE ABANDONED MAYA HOTEL, PT. 2 “REMEMBER ME”

Urban ‘tales’ claim that the tire you see in the pictures below, is from a B-29 bomber plane during WWll. I cannot find any information that substantiates this. FACT: There was a specific bombing campaign carried out on Kobe on March 16 & 17, 1945, as well as on a few dates after that, but I’m still not even sure that it’s true that this hotel was built around 1929-1932 and was actually around during the war. Most clues do lead to the fact that the tire is really from a B-29 bomber, but there’s no evidence to say it fell off a plane onto the hotel during the war or anything like that. Instead, it is likely, that a couple of things could have happened. It really could have fallen off of a B-29 almost anywhere on the mountain and from various earthquakes and such, it could have shifted over the years, to the area of the hotel. Also, it is quite possible that people carried it to the hotel to live among the various ‘props’ that have surfaced there (ex. red sofa, clearly not there when the hotel was in operation). Who knows? And that is part of the mysterious charm that this haikyo has over its visitors.

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28apr14. Kobe, Japan. Maya Hotel, Mt. Maya.

5 thoughts on “KOBE, JAPAN IMAGES: THE ABANDONED MAYA HOTEL, PT. 2 “REMEMBER ME”

  1. From the style of that bar or counter I would say this is from the 1920s/1930s or so, comparable to German Bauhaus style or Italian futurism, like the buildings from the time you can find in Tel Aviv or in Asmara. Some buildings in similar styles exists from the 1950s, but I guess it is from the 1930s. A pity they did not refurbish it, it must have been a butiful building.

      1. Ah wow you’re so lucky! It’s been a dream of mine since I first visited, but until I finish my uni degree I think it will be near impossible 🙁

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