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Anime and manga are popular media enjoyed by many people and are known for their pop culture presence in Japan, but they may not be as loved as you think. There’s a saying, it’s not bad to have a hobby, but having it as a passion may be overkill, at least in Japan. Passion can lead to obsession, but “geek culture” has been associated with obsession from the beginning. “Otaku” is often used to describe people who are passionate about anime, manga, and video games. While “otaku” can also refer to other passions (e.g. train otaku or “train otaku”), this primarily focuses on the pop culture aspects of otaku culture.

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In Japanese society, this is best kept a secret and passion can have a negative impact on a person’s reputation. Children are expected to be excited – not adults. It’s a one-sided view of how Japanese society views people who are otaku. But if you stand out from the start, being an otaku like a foreigner who is expected to be different isn’t so embarrassing.

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In early Western cinema, comic relief characters were geeks. It can even extend to real life, which was non-standard.Those who grew up in the mid-to-late 2000s watched anime episodes on YouTube in three parts, subtitled by a small group, You may not be used to being uploaded in low resolution. Or you have to stay up every Saturday night to watch the next episode of your favorite anime. far waveThis was mostly in the West, where watching anime in your free time was not a bad thing, but having some kind of passion was another story. increase. While Americans today embrace the concept of cosplay as anime-themed merchandise, collections of figurines, posters, and stuffed animals, Japan still keeps it low. It doesn’t mean

Entries for American students studying in Osaka. In her home country, she is an avid collector, artist, cosplayer, gamer, and passionate person. In Japan, she is an “otaku”. Her handbags and backpacks have her countless buttons. Menhera-chan Other cute keychains she’s won over the years at various cosplay competitions. gift A gift ready to hand out to potential friends who share the same hobby. But when she sets foot in Japan, she finds that no one else is as expressive as she is. She is not blamed for it, she is treated like any other returnee to Japan, and when she meets up with her friends in Tokyo, they visit Akihabara and enjoy their time together. is. She soon realized that fashion trends and mannerisms differed from place to place. Only Akihabara and Harajuku have people wearing bright colors, keychains, and even cosplay accessories. Admittedly, Tokyo does not represent Japan as a whole.

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Osaka is more laid back and laid back, so it’s easier to make friends. As in Tokyo, they welcome the outsider to Japan and wish her well. tatemae Contains a rut. Public transport and leaflets have long been decorated with cute anime characters, but no one around her wears anything like that yet. But Japan is still fun, and the lifestyle and physical environment are mostly true to anime and manga. Alas, one day she meets another girl with an anime pin in her bag. However, unlike the international students, this is Japanese, and the two excitedly begin to bond with each other, the latter sounding a little embarrassed but quietly admitting that she is an otaku. No one questions a person’s style choices, but her new Japanese friend prefers to fangirl with her in private.

This behavior of the locals continues when she visits another friend in Sannomiya, where they visit the famous Animate Cafe. The two girls sitting next to each other excitedly exchange information and quietly admit during their conversation that they are otaku. And the best way to make like-minded friends is to be in a place that attracts them. However, foreigners are already expected to be “weird” and misfit, so having multiple friend groups is not a social concern, but as a “true” Japanese It will never be recognized.


Unfortunately, ‘otaku’ foreigners, especially among older generations, do not always have as much comfort in professional environments and small neighborhoods as Japanese otaku. provides a unique perspective to see the separate lives led by being a traditional Japanese ‘Otaku’. And to live in Japan as a full-time resident, you have to learn to separate and adapt your passion from your daily life. And after all, how exciting is it to explore both sides of yourself?

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