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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.