Let me tell you about VeloCity so that in your mind’s eye it will loom as large as it did in mine when I first pushed my noodle cart ashore many, many years ago.
Imagine a hydrocab - remember them? - shuddering underfoot as the captain powers down. Something up ahead looms from the purple mist. Your eyes strain to make sense of it. A pod of whales? Cannot be--they are extinct. The hulls of upturned ships? The tsunami left many in its wake.
No, that is land.
Tethered to the sea floor by tentacles of elastic steel and rising on giant floating columns. It is why VeloCity survived the second Great Hanshin Earthquake. Its inhabitants felt nothing more than a tilting of their homes as the tsunami swept beneath them and rolled on to swallow the wretched souls of the Osaka seaboard.
Like its sister islands, VivaCity and VeraCity, VeloCity was a masterpiece in Japanese design back in 2050. A forerunner to our Cloud Cities today.
Apartments rose in domes made of plastic concrete and honeycombed for strength against typhoons. Gardens grew vertically, recycling precious water and feeding their inhabitants. Walls changed colour with the seasons.
While Osaka languished, VeloCity and her sisters flourished. Mainlanders sought work there but passes were expensive--almost impossible to get.
I was lucky.
City officials like noodles.