Welcome to Old Worlds, a podcast where we explore and review some of the coolest abandoned structures for anyone from recent-history buffs to adventure-seeking hobbyists to check out.
Alright, now that I’ve finally got all this set up, why don’t you introduce yourself again, and tell me what we’re doing here.
I’m Kyoutarou Oouchi, and I’m an urban explorer. Right now we’re standing on an abandoned subway platform somewhere in Hokkaido, and we’re getting ready to climb down onto the track and check out some of these tunnels.
And what’s in the tunnels?
Some pretty cool art. When all the development in this area died off about a decade or two ago a lot of people ended up losing their jobs, and some of those people ended up in this little abandoned section of the subway. I guess at least one of them took up painting or something.
So why are we out here in the freezing cold almost in the middle of winter?
The, uh, subway started moving through this section again after they cleaned it up a little and tossed all the homeless, and winter’s when the track’s used the least. It should be a little safer around this time.
You’ve obviously been here before, but have you ever brought someone along with you on one of these kinds of trips? It seems like a pretty dangerous thing to bring someone along for.
Yeah, I’ve brought someone with me a bunch of times to places like these. It’s actually a lot funny when you bring someone along with you, especially when you stumble across stuff like this.
So you’re kind of a tourist guide then, huh?
Nah, it’s just one person. She’s a huge fan of some of the places we go to. Or at least, I think she is. She’ll sometimes choose these places to go but when we get there she just kinda spaces out at the stuff laying around.
A girl you take with you to dark abandoned buildings at night, huh…
Yeah. Wait, no.
Before we head down onto these dangerous, operational tracks that still see some use, why don’t you talk to us about this girl and buy me some time to build up my courage?
Heh… Okay. Well her name’s Yukino, but it’s nothing like what you’re thinking. She’s more like a sister to me, you know? I mean, except for the fact that I spend a lot of time with her. At least I used to until she suddenly decided to go to college. That was about a year ago, and we stopped hanging out so much. I’ve gotta admit, the first couple of weeks I actually felt a little lonely for the first time in a while. In highschool – we both went to one of those rinky-dink, hokey ‘traditional’ highschool where you had to actually attend in person – we used to hang out a ton, check out abandoned buildings, stuff like that. But one day she told me she was going to join some college near her house, one of those ones that still had an offline campus sorta deal, the cheap places. I asked why, but she never really told me. I think it was because I wasn’t really enough anymore. Most people would probably be more than fine having just one friend they talked to online once in awhile, but Yuki’s different. Like she wants everyone to act like how people did a couple decades ago. I guess for the most part I wouldn’t mind that either.Anyways no, I don’t think I have any of those sorts of feelings about her. She’s just someone I feel like I need to… Protect, I guess.
That last part was really lame and embarrassing. Anyways I think I’m ready to do this. Let’s get going.