The Beauty of Japan's Abandoned Ruins

Japan's "haikyo" (廃墟), or "ruins," are fascinating. They provide a look into a world which time forgot, but French photographer Jordy Meow hasn't.

Meow has been cataloging haikyo across Japan—from a deserted love hotel in Chiba to an abandoned theme park in Nara.

The photos, courtesy of DailyGeekShow, are hauntingly beautiful:

The Beauty of Japan's Abandoned Ruins

The Beauty of Japan's Abandoned Ruins

The Beauty of Japan's Abandoned Ruins

The Beauty of Japan's Abandoned Ruins

The Beauty of Japan's Abandoned Ruins

The Beauty of Japan's Abandoned Ruins

The Beauty of Japan's Abandoned Ruins

The Beauty of Japan's Abandoned Ruins

The Beauty of Japan's Abandoned Ruins

The Beauty of Japan's Abandoned Ruins

The Beauty of Japan's Abandoned Ruins

The Beauty of Japan's Abandoned Ruins

The Beauty of Japan's Abandoned Ruins

If you like Meow's work, The Huffington Post reports that Meow published a French language photo book called Nippon no Haikyo ("Japan's Ruins").

Kotaku has previously featured Japanese ruins—and for good reason: one haikyo even inspired a video game.

20 lieux abandonnés qui vous feront voyager dans les vestiges d'un Japon oublié [DailyGeekShow via フランス反応をまとめてみた]

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