Japan for the Uninvited

Japanese culture from a bemused foreign perspective

Otaku

OtakuThe term “otaku”, literally meaning “your house”, is used to describe Japan’s legion of obsessive young men. Comparable to “geek” in English, the word carries mostly negative connotations of social ineptitude, unkemptness and lack of popularity.

The otaku image was dealt a serious blow in 1989, when 26-year-old Tsutomu Miyazaki raped, killed and ate 4 young children. The police found a massive collection of (partly pornographic) anime and manga in his apartment, and the Japanese media went crazy.

In the US, where the pressure to “fit in” is slightly different, the word has been proudly reappropriated by anime enthusiasts.

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  1. luce

    “26-year-old Tsutomu Miyazaki raped, killed and ate 4 young children. The police found a massive collection of (partly pornographic) anime and manga in his apartment, and the Japanese media went crazy”

    WHHHAAAAAAAAATTT?!!!!!!! sick fucker!

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