Japan has always been synonymous with all things technological. From the nation’s numerous electronic companies to their futuristic skylines, there is no doubt that Japan is one of the leading countries of the world in technological advancement. Of course this is common knowledge, but one never fully comprehends this fact until he or she has visited a Japanese city. When one does visit Japan, they find themselves in a land run and operated by machines.
As soon as I arrived in Fukuoka, I had to get to the Korean Consulate to drop off my visa application. They had just closed for lunch so I walked across the street to Hawks Town Mall, a new-ish shopping complex near the Yahoo! Japan Dome. I grabbed a quick bite to eat and tried desperately to avoid the adorable boutiques, as I knew I had no room in my already overweight suitcase. Wandering aimlessly, I found myself in an arcade. It must be noted here that Japanese arcades are of a totally different caliber than their Western counterparts. They are not just an outlet of entertainment here. Instead, they are a way of life.