Today we visited the dystopian future

When eating at a bad Amercian buffet at lunchtime is the peak of your day you know it hasn’t been a winner.

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Today Tom and I headed out to Odaiba – an artificial island in Tokyo harbour with shops, a replica Statue of Liberty, museum and games/ entertainment area.

This blog describes it best when they say,“Odaiba – a city built from scratch on a reclaimed island in Tokyo Bay – is a strange, soulless, hulking place. I had to walk right through it, under grey rainy skies, to get to the museum. It was as bleak and dystopian as I could possibly imagine. I had just finished reading the book ”Dogs and Demons”, a critique of Japanese society that places an addiction to building huge, sterile, unnecessary monuments at the heart of the country’s psychological problems, so this billion-dollar ghost town of sci-fi towers amid weedy fields and big empty roads, was particularly unnerving.”

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It was sad. And big. And empty.

We found ourselves in one outlet mall that had gone really over the top on the Roman theme – Tom said he felt like he was in a Sci-Fi movie where the world had ended and the few survivors had built a replica Earth underground. The second photo below was taken inside too in an area that had a realistic sky painted on the roof.

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We’d come out for a bit of a day trip (the long way because we took the wrong train and ended up in Yokohama) and to search for Kit-Kats. Luckily the mission was a success (we found four new flavours at the duty free shop in Aqua City) but boy were we glad to get out of that weird, sad place.

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