Writer’s Guide to Twine

Part 2 of my Writer’s Guide to Twine is online at the SFWA Blog.

Creating Interactive Fiction: A Guide to Using Twine

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Japanese Cafes

I visited lots of cafes in Tokyo, starting with the Shirokuma (Polar Bear) Cafe, which is based on the manga and anime series about a lazy panda who gets a job at a cafe run by a polar bear.

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I also went to the Harry Hedgehog Cafe.

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And an owl cafe.

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And a cat cafe.

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And the Studio Ghibli Museum.

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And Okunoshima (Rabbit Island). The island is home to thousands of wild rabbits, plus a poison gas museum. (Prior to WW2, the Japanese military used the island to manufacture poison gas).

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I also paid a quick visit to Kumamoto, to see Kumamon. This is another way that Melbourne’s public transportation is inferior to Japan’s – it is sadly lacking in giant bear heads.

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Japanese Hotels

I spent 2 weeks in Japan in March. I had a rail pass and travelled between Tokyo, Osaka, Hiroshima and Huis Ten Bosch (near Nagasaki).

It had been 3 years since I’d been to Japan – the longest I’d been away since I lived there. I visited friends along with trying out some new places that had opened recently.

In Tokyo I stayed for a night at a bookshop hotel where you could sleep on the bookshelves (a bit like staying at a capsule hotel).

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I also spent a night at the Hotel Gracery in Shinjuku, which has a giant Godzilla head on the 8th floor. They also have a Godzilla room, which I booked a couple of months in advance.

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The room even had a Godzilla button and when you pressed it, the bed began to shake and the Godzilla statue in the room started roaring.

I also stayed at the Henn-na Hotel, also known as the Robot Hotel. You have the option of being checked-in by Yumeko, the android or by a dinosaur.IMG_043026

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The dinosaurs can get quite upset if you don’t have a reservation.

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There is a little robot doll in the rooms that can understand basic commands in English or Japanese and can the lights on and off and give you weather forecasts.IMG_043023

There is also a robot cloakroom to store your luggage.IMG_043002

The robot hotel is next to Huis Ten Bosch, a Dutch-themed theme park.

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Wandering past windmills in Japan while speaker blare out Hotel California and nearby there is a Venetian masquerade dance party going on in Amsterdam Square can cause a weird sense of dislocation.

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The shops are filled with authentic Dutch products.

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You need to watch out for prickles in the tip though.

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At night the park is illuminated and dinosaurs and robot dragons go on the prowl.IMG_043080IMG_043096IMG_043135IMG_043098IMG_043129

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