What a waste!
Mottainai is an expression that encapsulates a feeling of regret at wasting the intrinsic value of a resource or object. It can be translated as both "what a waste" and "don't be wasteful". It's a useful reminder when travelling to make sure you take only photographs and leave nothing but footprints behind,.
Pictured here is Gunkanjima or 'battleship island' 15km off the coast of Nagasaki. More than 5,000 people used to live here, but the residents abandoned the island in 1974 when the undersea coal mine closed, leaving the buildings to fall into ruin.
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If you're an adventurous traveller who wants to discover a side of Japan rarely seen by outsiders, this itinerary could be the one for you.
Stand in the shade of a thousand-year-old Japanese cedar, visit a Bond villain's lair on an abandoned island and investigate a volcanic caldera lake on this spectacular exploration of Japan's rural south-western region.