Flaming Smokestacks

'Kojo Moe' and Night-time Factory Tourism in Japan


  • Hilary Orange University College London




Kojo Moe, Japan, Industry, Artificial light, Night tourism, Photography


In Japan, the trend for ‘factory love’ (Kojo Moe) — appreciating and photographing sites of heavy industry — has led to the development of organized night-time tours to industrialized locations within cities and city-ports. These night-time factory tours (Kojo Yakei) are primarily aimed at the domestic market and are particularly popular with small groups of young Japanese women. This photo essay considers the experience and aesthetics of these night-time urban tours, their social and performative aspects and their relationship to other types of industrial tourism.


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Author Biography

Hilary Orange, University College London

Hilary Orange is an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow, based at the Ruhr Universität Bochum, Germany. Her current project – Lighting the Ruhr – studies the use of artificial light at industrial heritage sites in the Ruhrgebiet. Address for correspondence: UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31–34 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PY, UK.


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How to Cite

Orange, H. (2017). Flaming Smokestacks: ’Kojo Moe’ and Night-time Factory Tourism in Japan. Journal of Contemporary Archaeology, 4(1), 59–72. https://doi.org/10.1558/jca.31290



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