Chevy Impala - Abandoned Cars In Fukushima, Japan

These American Cars Were Abandoned In Fukushima, Japan Since 2011

On March 11, 2011, an earthquake struck 43 miles east of the Oshika Peninsula of Tōhoku, often referred to in the country as the Great earthquake in eastern Japan. The earthquake triggered a massive tsunami that ultimately sparked nuclear fusions at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Ōkuma, Fukushima Prefecture. The nuclear accident received a level 7 classification on the International Nuclear Events Scale.

For this reason, residents within 12 miles of the power plant were evacuated, including car dealerships. One of those dealers is what you see here, located in an abandoned town in Fukushima Prefecture.

As photographed by Urbex obsidian photography, these cars were abandoned for some time, retaining their condition when the owners left the premises. Strangely enough, many of these cars were American.

Most notable is the 1962 Mandarin Orange Chevrolet Impala SS. Next to it is a black Lincoln Towncar. According to the owner of the photos, a 2006 Toyota Tundra and a 1989 Nissan 240SX are nearby, but are not included in the photo set. There are also two Cadillac vehicles in front of the garage door – one of them is a Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham from the 1990s, while the other is a Connessieur limousine.

However, not all abandoned cars were American. There is a Japanese hearse, which is a traditional Japanese style hearse filled with ornaments. According to Urbex Obsidian, this hearse mimics a Buddhist temple and has decorations called Hō-ō (鳳凰) – an Asian bird that is roughly equivalent to a phoenix in Greek mythology.

It is amazing how much time has captured the essence of these cars, even though vegetation has already grown around them. Still, the beauty of these machines is evident and we really hope they find a new home if found to be safe.

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