Today’s Obsession: Abandoned Nara Dreamland, Japan
TODAY’S BREW: All of The Coconut Crème Coffee
Today I’m obsessed with Nara Dreamland, an abandoned amusement park in Japan that was open for 45 years, between 1961 and 2006, built to resemble Disneyland California. Post-WWII Japan was heavily influenced by America, and it shows.
By the time Universal Studios Japan opened in 2001, the theme park was so outdated it didn’t stand a chance of survival. It’s only been locked up for 4 years now, not long enough for nature to have had its way with it, making it all that much creepier. It looks like someone just locked the door and tossed the key. Even the video games are still there.
Look at the difference between this:
And then this:
In any case, I could do this all day, but my overwhelming feeling is this: If they were to reopen Nara Dreamland for a week, as is, I would probably rob a bank to get there, and I bet the rest of the world would too.