Sorry for being MIA, I was in Tokyo for the past week and am slowly uploading my ventures both on Instagram and on here.
One of the most interesting places I went to was not a temple or one of the busy shopping streets or an owl cafe, but a warehouse in the outskirts of Tokyo.
So why was this warehouse so enticing?
Because it had a small replica of the Kowloon Walled City, a dystopian slum with no laws within Hong Kong.
Think of dense, dark underworld of Blade Runner, Dredd, Total Recall, and Neo Seoul from Cloud Atlas. Basically, all things cyberpunk would have found some form of inspiration to build that dystopian future setting we know and love.
The original Kowloon Walled City was demolished in the 90s and a park was built in its place. There were stories about life inside the city and photos, however, to really be in that atmosphere is an entirely different experience.
The Kawasaki Warehouse is actually a 4-storey arcade with the first 2 floors dedicated to a recreation of the Kowloon Walled City.
They even have a broadcast of Chinese aunties talking about visiting it to buy some necessities. If you play the video, you can hear it in the background.
Like the original KWC, there is hardly any light in the corridors.
The entrance to KWC through the parking lot.
The doors slide open and you enter this eerie walkway. You have to walk across the stones while an ominous music plays in the background and green liquid spills from both walls.
The backdrop of the arcade in KWC.
They say the buildings were so close to each other that no sunlight entered the city.
Meat in the market.
On the second floor, there are narrow walkways you walk along to peek into some of the building windows.
One such window.
True to culture, clothes dangling precariously outside windows.
It reads 1 bedroom and 1 living room, 395 sq. ft. for rent at 3800HKD/mo.
A prostitute’s home.
In KWC, it was not uncommon to find such small rooms and people living in them. Crime was rampant inside.
Upon exiting – photo from the video.
If you were in the Yokohama area, it is worth checking out. I wouldn’t make it a day trip as you only need to spend 1 hour there.
Here is the map: