Japan otaku culture
- Meido kissa
- Manga kissa
- Girl idol groups
- Boy groups
Akihabara is a district in central Tokyo.
It used to be known as an electric paradise and its nickname was “Electric Town.” But now it attracts so-called otaku as well as technology geeks. There are a lot of shops for anime, manga, video games and idols.
Would you like a little tour?
where ladies wearing maid uniforms serve
the customers. First of all, the girls welcome you with a polite bow and say “Welcome back, my lord.” After you are seated, you order a drink. The menu may include something with a name like “favorite drink.” If you order this, the maids will choose the best drink for you.
Don’t be surprised if they stir your drink for you, blink cutely and then bow…
Manga is same as comics and cartoons.
But when the word manga is used in English, it usually refers only to Japanese comics. The pictures in the stories usually go from right to left in the same way as Japanese writing. The characters often have very large eyes in the same way as anime.
Do adults read comics in your country? It’s very normal in Japan. In Japan, the biggest selling contents in the digital books market are manga.
Manga kissa are like a large manga library.
They provide small private areas with computers and headphones. It is possible to enjoy anything that can be rented from shops, including manga, magazines, movies, and so on. They have a free drink system too. Normally, the price is around 500 yen for one hour.
Some people use them as a nap space or place to spend the night when they miss the last train. Don’t be surprised if you hear snoring.
Otaku are people who have a strong interest and fascination in things like manga, anime and so on.
They have their own virtual universe. Sometimes their personalities are described as inward and they are characterized as staying in home all the time but in the real world there are many otaku around you. There’s no strict line between who is otaku and who is not.
The so-called “idol industry”
covering both girls and boys is a huge market in Japan. These “idols” do not always become famous because of their skills of singing or dancing, but through their looks and personality.
Girl idol groups
Girl idol groups usually consist of members
who are teenagers or in their early 20s. Their devoted fans could be described as “idol otaku.” Girl idols are commonly portrayed as cute, sweet and lovable. Since there are so many members of the younger generation who are ready to become the next idol, it is a very competitive industry.
Do you think a Japanese idol like ( ) could be a hit in your country?
Boy groups are just like the girl groups.
They have many female fans in many age groups, from elementary school children through to housewives. Each member also works individually outside of the group in such positions as actor, narrator and so on.
itasha is a car decorated with images of fictional characters from anime, manga, or video games
The decorations usually involve paint schemes and stickers. Automobiles are called itasha, while similar motorcycles and bicycles are called itansha and itachari respectively.