I just landed in Tokyo. In the next three days, my vernacular will be filled with the dare/nani/itsu/doko/naze’s of the Japanese language. Yep. Instead of the 5 w’s, they have the 2 d’s, 2 n’s and an i. Not so catchy…*grumble grumble*
Considering that the main touristy stuff that I will be doing with the group will invite sites that are a part of the nation’s geography and history, I will be aiming to take as much in as part of background research for a story concept that I would like to work out.
As you may or may not know, I’ve totally gotten into steampunk this past summer. My idea for a novel would be to have a steampunk-fantasy genre with a feudal Japanese aesthetic. So copper shoguns, steam-powered samurais, gyro-shurikens, mechanomythical beasts from lore. It is such an intriguing idea that I can’t get it out of my head. I will surely take as much in.