Author Archives: Michael Gakuran

Urban Exploration in the Paris Catacombs 2

Even though we’d been underground in the labyrinth just a few short hours, I was already knackered. We had crawled through leaky chatières and a room full of curious cubic stones just to get here but now, sitting in the dim, flickering light of candles and chatting with my new friends I found myself surprisingly […]
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Urban Exploration in the Paris Catacombs 1

It was only a matter of time before I was consumed by the idea; a forbidden labyrinth consisting of hundreds of kilometres of tunnels stretching into the darkness beneath the vibrant streets of Paris. Passages packed high with human bones that are centuries old and tales of explorers being lost and perishing in an early […]
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Tying Up a Loose End at the Royal House

The book I ordered from the U.K finally arrived. With this, I wanted to consolidate some of the information I’d dug up on the internet and hopefully find some fresh leads of the Japanese family that our rich pearl dealer Mr. J married into. Parts 1, 2 and 3 of the story so far.
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Speculation about the Royal House Family

It’s been a while, but conversation about the unknown members of the ‘Royal House’ haikyo family has flared up again. This time, the knowledgeable folk on 2ch have come through with some impressive theories and leads on characters.
Posted in Haikyo / Ruins | 9 Comments

A look back at 2010 on Gakuranman.com

There’s no question that 2010 has been the biggest and best year on Gakuranman.com thus far, with over 200% growth in the average number of visits, several articles exploding with high traffic, a new haikyo niche gaining popularity and photoblog-style posts taking priority. Here’s the year’s highlights.
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The Royal House Mystery Unravels

My most recent haikyo post created a miniature storm on the internet. A variety of English and Japanese-speaking sites were all commenting on the ‘Royal House‘ ruins that had lain dormant for so long. Speculation on who used to live there and what their relationship was to the Imperial Family of Japan.
Posted in Haikyo / Ruins | 27 Comments

Gakuranman Youtube Channel Has Moved!

Hey all. Really short update today just to point you in the direction of my new Youtube channel.
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The Royal House Haikyo

Occasionally we come across haikyo that are shocking not due to an unsettling atmosphere or dilapidated state of grandeur, but because of the historical significance of objects left behind. Pieces that might better belong in a museum that have long been forgotten and stolen glimpses into the lives of past inhabitants that should have gone […]
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