chapter  3
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The jaded Japanese

The satiated palate and boredom provide a constantly recurring theme in modern Japanese science fiction. Hoshi Shin'ichi and Komatsu Sakyo return to it constantly and the theme is also treated frequently by Tsutsui Yasutaka. Others, including for instance Tsukushi Michio, have also approached the theme and it is clearly one of major concern of Japanese science fiction writers and their readers. The theme is particularly a modern one, although it is anticipated in passing by the earlier writer Unno Juza in his celebrated 'The music bath at 18.00 hours' in 1937.1 Kita Morio, a writer distinguished outside the science fiction genre, has also touched upon this theme.