Kowloon Walled City was a lawless mini-city built just outside of Hong Kong.
Established on a legal ‘no-man’s land’ and unpoliced by either Britain or China, it thrived and became an amazing mass of humanity.
It was torn down in 1994, but I’ve always been fascinated by the place. I’ve been to where it once was, and all that is left is a boring park, with a few monuments like a piece of the original foundation, and a model of the old city.
What has this got to do with Japan?
It seems I wasn’t the only one who was fascinated by the walled city, as some of the interior has been re-created in Japan. It’s called the Kawasaki Warehouse, and it’s one of many amazing pet projects by Japanese designer Taishiro Hoshino.
So we got on the train out of Tokyo and headed for Kawasaki. It’s a bit of a walk, but easy to find once in the right area.
Inside you have to walk past pretend drug dens and prostitutes
Until it opens up into a re-creation of the bustling city courtyards
That just happens to have an old-school video arcade inside!
Even the bathrooms match the theme
Upstairs there’s a weird renaissance theme, and classy layout for various parlour games
Well worth the trip out to Kawasaki!