In Japan, I feel connected to both the near future and the ancient past. You can feel it when you walk the neon littered streets, pass by the high-tech arcades and towering electronic merchants, or when standing at a small stone shrine, set within nature’s own tranquil form, built many centuries ago. The spirit of a time-honoured tradition and respect for nature, and for one another, is always felt when coming into contact with a person from Japan. The ubiquity of technology permeates every subway, vending machine and heated toilet seat. The future is embraced here, whether it be for folly or for the betterment of all. The past is remembered, through every temple and shrine, communal gathering and festival, and passed on with every bow.