Now, as thoroughly entertaining as #HBO's mystery-fueled #Westworld is, it's also precisely the sort of nightmarish dystopian vision of the future that the vast majority of us would prefer not to live in, thank you very much. After all, while it would be neat to hang around in a high-tech imagining of the Wild West, it'd surely be a whole lot less entertaining to do so while being simultaneously aware of the horrifying reality of the hosts' lives.
If watching the show on TV just can't quite scratch the itch to be surrounded by terrifying cowboy-themed androids, though, then never fear:
Japan Has A Real Life 'Westworld,' And It's Terrifying
Yup, that's right. Not only does the gloriously eccentric nation of Japan include within its borders a bonafide real-life version of Westworld, but the place is deeply, deeply unnerving — just like the real thing.
Originally named Kinugawa Family Ranch, before being redubbed "Western Village" following a series of expansions, the theme park is a magnificent time capsule from an era in which creating a semi-realistic western town filled with robots seemed like a good idea to somebody in a position to make it a reality. Sadly, the park closed back in 2006, but that didn't stop photographer Lee Chapman from recently capturing some striking images from the site, or indeed posting them onto his website, Tokyo Times. You can check out a handful of the most remarkable images below — and find a whole lot more at Mr. Chapman's site, right here.
And so, if the wait for #WestworldSeason2 to arrive gets too much to bear over the next 12 months or so, never fear: Mr. Chapman's beautifully captured glimpses of horrifyingly robot-themed Japanese hubris are available to send a shiver down your spine any time you need them.
That being said, good luck getting them out of your nightmares.
What do you think, though? Is Japan's "Western Village" even more disconcerting than HBO's Westworld? Let us know below!
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(Sources: Tokyo Times)