Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Anti-Zombie Fortress

Anti-Zombie Fortress is the nickname given to an abandoned coal mine in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan, mainly due to its unique structural design that can be seen as highly impervious to zombie raids. While the mine shaft has become a popular destination in Japan for haiyakos (廃虚) or “urban excursion of abandoned buildings” since the mid-2000s, photographs of the tower became a subject of “anti-zombie” parodies and online discussions via social news hubsite Reddit in early April 2011.

On April 1, 2011, Reddit user “Mitsjol” submitted a picture of the Shime coal mine to /r/pics, titled “This would make an awesome anti-zombie fortress.” In similar vein to other conceptual jokes like Rocket Propelled Chainsaw and Chinese Gundam, other Reddit users quickly responded with a series of photoshopped images, pointing out structural flaws and sharing their own “anti-zombie” designs, as well as creating replicas of the shaft tower in Minecraft.

Background: The Tower
Better known as the Winding Tower of the Shime coal mine in Japan, this 47.65 meter (156.3 ft) tall structure was built from 1941 to 1943, remained in operation over 21 years before it was closed down in 1961. According to various travel blog posts on Shime coal mine, the structure remains easily accessible by public transportation and well-preserved in shape to this day

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Minecraft Mock-ups


  1. Takes serious skill to rebuild those houses in minecraft!

  2. wow nice u seem to have it all figured out

  3. Hmmm, with the anti zombie fortress, they could always set up some kind of mechanisim that once the weight of the pile of killed zombies reaches just before 40,000 bodies worth, that a giant trap door thingy open and they all fall down a ridiculously deep hole. :D That way you could withstand multiple 40,000 zombie army attacks.

    That or throw petrol down from the window on the pile and just burn the lot.

    That fortress on the skinny mountain thing on the water looks just brilliant! I'd be too paranoid to live there, expecting it might topple over. D:

    Awesome minecraft rebuilds btw, did you make them?

  4. this is madneesssss;D but I liked it