Unlike long vacant homes and schools, abandoned hotels tend to contain very few reminders of the people who worked or stayed in them. And the Tower Hotel, which can be seen here, was no different, with room after room of faded hope and lost guests.
Except one that is, as tucked away in a dark corner of the building was a space once occupied by Kanbe Tadashi.
Whether he was actually living there it’s hard to say, but judging by all the stubbed out cigarettes, it’s a room where he certainly spent a good deal of time. However, with the hotel closing, finding a new job at the very least would have been a necessity. An undoubtedly stressful time that quite likely saw him spend a lot of time sat here. Smoking heavily. And silently staring out of the window. All the while wondering where he would end up next.
Perhaps sometimes looking at his reflection in the mirror too. Each and every time dealing with the horrible realisation that he wasn’t getting any younger, and work would be increasingly difficult to come by.
But, with interviews hopefully beckoning, and future work of some description in the service industry ahead, leaving several of his suits behind doesn’t seem to have made any sense. Clothes that appear to hint at an ending of sorts, but an end to what it’s impossible to say.
Wow, that’s really depressing. One can only hope he won the lottery or something and bought new clothes. Excellent photos and narrative though.
Thanks, Martin. Yes, it was a very depressing room, and like you say, all we can do is hope something good happened to him.
Considering the personal info, and the clothing (and oddly, the condition of both seem almost new in the pictures…), I’d say a quick dig through the obituaries would probably give an answer.
Yeah, the clothes in particular appear fairly new, until you notice the colour of those trousers…
Good point in regards the details on offer, but to be honest, I like the element of mystery that goes with haikyo. Such speculation always makes the buildings more interesting to me.
Lee, you are really hitting it spot on early in 2013! Beautiful tempo in the presentation of the prose and photos – love it.
Thank you very much, Don. That’s very kind of you.
Hans ter Horst says
Very impressive, yet very depressing. It sort of hits too close to home for me having been made redundant in 2011 at an age too close to 50. Found a new job in Luxembourg but I can really feel the pain you are describing in your photos and text.
Thanks, but apologies for bringing back bad memories. Obviously not something you want to be reminded of. Really glad to hear things worked out though. Hopefully things were the same for Kanbe-san too.
Gosh, what a post – the items of clothing hanging up still really add to the air of mystery as to what happened to this guy. Doesn’t really seem to point towards a happy ending though. Great post as always.
Yeah, while there’s certainly the possibility of a (relatively) happy ending, considering his age, not to mention the conditions he was possibly living, it’s hard to think otherwise…
Theresa Amlong says
Love your narratives. I can empathise with his plight. Gives one a bit of an uncomfortable feeling, doesn’t it? But the hope for him is there too. So mysterious and intriguing.
It does. Certain haikyo. Or in this case certain rooms. Do give off that feeling. Like peering into someone’s past. Invariably a past tinged with sadness too. But yeah, the hotel closing could have been a blessing in disguise for him. Obviously we’ll never know, butlike you say, it’s intriguing to think about it.
We could think on the brighter side, maybe everything would be fine for Kanbe-san.
Yeah, you never know. Anything is possible.
Ahh, this is indeed depressing… I hope he’s having a good time somewhere now.
Yeah, fingers crossed…
Great post as usual, Lee. Hopefully he didn’t do himself any harm; but perhaps we’ll never know (and perhaps that’s as it should be). I hope the left clothing is a sign of an epiphany and he left the old life behind in search of a new one.
Thanks a lot!
Yes, that’s the way I see it. I don’t think we really need to know one what happened to him. That’s a nice way of looking at the left behind clothes though. Hope it’s true.
Someone call Sakura house corp, I found a new Gaijin house for them to “renovate”
A bit of paint and it’ll be practically ready for the next tennant…
It’s kinda odd, but I suppose in some way anyone could imagine there own personal history as a scrapped CV in ruin. A fair chunk of the contemplative to say the least…
Thought provoking as usual Lee.. you do good work.
Yes, that’s very true.
And thank you. Much appreciated.
Michael Weening says
Great site. How do you find these places?
A few are lucky finds, but generally the internet. A lot of research is usually needed though.
There’s whole life behind these beautiful pictures.
It’s incredible to think how every person hides an entire existence we can’t know.
But these photos are more than enough to make us imagine decades of someone’s life and wonder what happened.
Hope he’s fine now.
Yes, hints about a life we will never know. Although like you say, there’s enough for the imagination to make some guesses.
I liked this post, but it was very brief… What hotel was it? Did you take any other pictures of the site? I’d love to see more than the few photos.
Yeah, there’s a link to the main story (and more photos) in the description at the beginning of the post.