KOBE, JAPAN: ABANDONED HOUSE, PT. 2

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28apr14. Kobe, Japan. Mt. Maya.

KOBE, JAPAN: ABANDONED HOUSE, PT. 1

On the hike up Mt. Maya to the Maya Hotel, we passed this abandoned house. The likely story with this is that it was destroyed beyond repair during the great earthquake of 1995.

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28apr14. Kobe, Japan. Mt. Maya.

KOBE, JAPAN: THE ABANDONED MAYA HOTEL, FAREWELL

What an amazing experience. So few things can match the feeling of walking through the past, through other people’s memories and experiences, and trying to imagine for yourself what it must have been like. Yet another way for us all to connect in the past, present, and future.

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Photos of me by: Sarah Nickerson

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

KOBE, JAPAN: THE ABANDONED MAYA HOTEL

In this post, there are a few ‘old’ pics of what the Maya Hotel used to look like in its ‘heyday,’ if you will. The pics were taken from http://gakuran.com/the-ethereal-void-of-the-maya-hotel/ and http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E6%91%A9%E8%80%B6%E8%A6%B3%E5%85%89%E3%83%9B%E3%83%86%E3%83%AB / http://nk8513.exblog.jp/

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

KOBE, JAPAN: THE ABANDONED MAYA HOTEL, PT. 3

Someone has gone onto Japanese pages for me and deciphered some information about the history of the hotel. It does appear that the hotel was, in fact, built in 1929. One of the problems for the general public with the hotel, was that it wasn’t very accessible. You could only reach it by taking the ropeway. There were no roads for cars or anything. In 1944, the cable car was shut down, so the hotel closed the following year. No one could reach it! Why was the cable car shut down? That’s a great question and at this time, I do not have an answer. The hotel was never repaired after the wartime airstrikes and in 1961, a new owner came onboard and re-opened the hotel. Typhoons hit the area and in 1967, the cable car was shut down again. I’ve seen conflicting dates on this last bit of information: on one site I read 1994, on the other, 1974…but, regardless of which one is accurate, one of these years was the last time it was really active (with various student groups and some actual residents.) That’s all I know right now, but I’ll never stop trying to get the answers to this mystery.

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

KOBE, JAPAN: 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.