They've got our future, damn it.It's not the shiny future of jet packs and food pills — oh no, that's not what Japan is about. Nevertheless, they've got it and they're living in it, damn them. They've got express trains that run on time and accelerate so fast they push you back into your seat like an airliner on take-off. They've got skyscrapers with running lights, looming out of the sodium-lit evening haze — a skyline just like the famous nighttime scene from Blade Runner except for the shortage of giant pyramids (and they're building one of those out in Tokyo bay). And they shave their cats.Charlie's Diary: Japan: some impressions
I'm late in noting this, I kept shying around this huge and interesting entry until I had time to read it unrushed. But I think some blog readers will appreciate, and may not have this feed in RSS, so I link it. Charlie Stross' essay on visiting Japan for WorldCon - no WorldCon but plenty o' Japan.
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