MagazineAug 4, 2015
Hundred Year Old Abandoned Japanese Clinic by Chris Luckhardt
This abandoned Japanese clinic is located approximately 175km southwest of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Tochigi prefecture. Information about the clinic — primarily constructed from wood — is mostly confined to speculation.
Chris Luckhardt is a Canadian photographer who specializes in photographing abandoned places around the world. See more of his photography on Facebook and Instagram.
See also these series by Chris on TCP: Abandoned Hashima Island, Rural Abandonments, Urban Exploring in Detroit , The Bethlehem Steel North Office, Capture the Night, Abandoned World War II Japanese Tunnel System and an amazing abandoned themepark.
No information regarding the clinic’s exact closure date is known but the state of its decay clearly indicates decades of abandonment. Chris Luckhardt/
Several signs, business cards and files are scattered throughout the clinic; most of the writing is done with very old kanji characters used at least three generations earlier. Chris Luckhardt/
The long abandoned clinic was named after the clinic’s primary doctor. A newer clinic nearby with the same name indicates a potentially familial medical heritage in the town. Chris Luckhardt/
The abandoned clinic first opened approximately 100 years ago. Its initial care was dedicated to internal medicine and pediatrics. Chris Luckhardt/
Maternity and surgery were added to the clinic’s care roster in later years as the doctor shifted his purpose to become a general practitioner. Chris Luckhardt/
An eerie operating room is located behind the clinic’s main office area. Chris Luckhardt/
One particularly haunting discovery was a jar labeled "脳の標本”. Those kanji characters translate literally as “Brain Samples” in English! Chris Luckhardt/
The front section of the clinic leads to a long hallway with extremely weak and creaky floor boards. Chris Luckhardt/