The Town Where Everyone Wears A Gas Mask

In our serie of “gas masks” related posts, we have to share this story, kind of a sad one, “the town where everyone wears a gas mask”.

>The age old adage home is where the heart is finds its true meaning in Miyakejima, a small island located in southeast Japan. Despite the high level of volcanic activity that causes poisonous gas to leak from the earth that forced the 3,600 island residents to evacuate in 2000, the citizens just won’t stay away. Thus, the self-appointed gas mask town rose from the, very literal, ashes.

>Regardless of the dangers posed by living in the gas-soaked village, locals and tourists are in abundance. Gas mask tourism is a huge draw card for the region, with disposable masks sold at ferry stations and local stores.

The 2,800 habitants who chose to come back to the island after the off-limit state was lifted, must really love their island. They love it so much they can die living there.


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