A LAYER OF FOG LINGERED ABOVE THE NEIGHBORHOOD of Suganami as if on the brink of a soft rain. It was a quiet midweek morning....

HIGH ABOVE THE VAST BLUE OCEAN of Japan's Inland Sea, I looked through the window of the train and watched the numerous islands that make up this region go by one after the other. I shook my head in disbelief, reflecting on the fact that a year ago this was simply an idea....