No matter how wild or wacky their hobbies or obsessions, in the age of the Internet no one need feel isolated any more, and by casting all inhibitions aside almost anyone is assured of finding like-minded others out there in cyberspace — if not just around the corner from home.

Tetsu Ishii is no exception. Through the Web, the freelance illustrator from Tokyo's residential Suginami Ward has astonishingly found thousands of men and women, young and old, who all share the same passion as him: they love factories.

Factories? Those lifeless, air-polluting, giant metallic structures? How could factories be attractive to anyone?