The Abandoned Cars of Fukushima
It has been almost four years since the tragic disaster in Japan. As a car head, like many of you reading this, apart from all the chaos and sadness that followed the disaster on March 11th 2011, we cant help but be fascinated by all that radioactive Japanese metal that was left behind. Google was kind enough to creep in and drive the streets year after year, which is amazing. I have spent hours cruising the streets looking for stuff but I have to give credit o my little brother for hunting out a lot of these, both of us would spend hours cruising down streets spotting stuff. We did one of these posts before and people really enjoyed it, so here is another collection of Cars that will probably never move again.
I keep coming back to google maps, virtually driving the streets of the exclusion zone, fixated on all this stuff that has just been left behind, contaminated, and basically no good to anyone ever again, its fascinating stuff, some of these are dream cars, some of these were probably loved very much and I cant imagine how sad it must be for the owners who can never get back to these ever again.
Its insane how time just stood still after the accident, much like chernobyl, id assume many of these places will be left as is for the forseeable future.
With Japan having one of the biggest car cultures in the world if not the biggest, and many of us being fanboys of practically everything, its quite sad and haunting at the same time cruising these virtual streets.
Jaysus look at that!
As much as it is interesting, its quite sad when you realise the scale of this whole tragedy, imagine having to leave your pride and joy, your home, your everyting without warning. Not knowing if you can ever return.
Nature isn’t long claiming whatever sits still.
To think none of this can ever be really used again.
Its such a surreal scene, seeing relatively new Evos, 350z’s s2000s, skylines, anything really just sit and be completely overrun by nature.
We posted this one before, its got some quirky stuff parked out front.
Oh is that what I think it is… Just imagine the stuff we cant see on google maps…
Because Japan is so condensed in areas, there is so much that has been lost.
Its quite incredible just how fast nature starts to reclaim what was once hers when humans have vanished.
This was probably here a little longer than the disaster!
There is still drinks in the vending machines!
I cant even begin to imagine all the gems that are hiding in car parks, in sheds, in back alleys… The sheer volume of four wheeled vehilces that have been left behind is staggering.
Im sure someone misses this.
Look at how pristine this is!
Hiding, one can only imagine what we cant see with the google camera.
Everything has a story too, imagine if these cars could talk…
Insane…. Hopefully google keeps driving through here over the next few years and we will slowly see the sad but incredibly interesting demise of these vehicles. Its such a depressing tragic story and in a way its horrible that we obsess over and lurk the internet looking at inanimate objects.
In reality the focus should be on the Japanese people and the lives and towns that have been lost for the foreseeable future, but for some reason, I cant help but be fascinated by all of these little steel boxes with wheels. Cars that will probably never move again in our lifetimes, cars that were once loved driven, enjoyed and toyed with… Cars that will never be touched again.
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