Mar 23, 2015

Japan ready to host world's first 'otaku' summit

Organizers are getting ready to host the world’s first otaku (geek) summit this weekend as Japan looks to boost the international fan base for its manga and anime. Like-minded enthusiasts from at least 18 nations will converge on the Otaku Expo on Saturday and ...

A world of fear for Japan's  shut-ins

Sep 13, 2014

A world of fear for Japan's shut-ins

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Several years ago, a vogue of interest in shut-ins, or hikikomori, saw researchers from France touring Japan and meeting reclusive youths. Such was the prevalence of the disorder, said psychologist Nicolas Tajan, that “if you ask people in Japan about hikikomori, almost everyone will ...

Comiket grows stronger each year

Aug 22, 2014

Comiket grows stronger each year

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Held twice a year and famous among otaku (fanboys and fangirls) the world over, Comiket, short for Comic Market, held its 86th event Aug. 15-17 at Tokyo Big Sight in Odaiba. With more than 550,000 people reportedly attending the event over the three days, ...

'Gacha gacha' machines not just for kids anymore

Aug 14, 2014

'Gacha gacha' machines not just for kids anymore

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Among the wide array of vending machines peddling items from the everyday to the obscure, one staple in Japan is the toy-dispensing “gacha gacha,” which is named after the handle-turning noise that precedes the release of the plastic capsule. While the majority of gacha ...

Comiket, where <I>otaku</I> come to share the love

Dec 19, 2013

Comiket, where otaku come to share the love

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The Tokyo International Exhibition Center, better known as Tokyo Big Sight, boasts an area of more than 80,000 sq. meters of exhibition space. It’s the country’s largest convention center and will host wrestling, fencing and taekwondo during the 2020 Olympics. Not many events can ...