Japanese elementary schoolgirl: Why did you come to Japan?
American man: Because I’m an otaku.
Schoolgirl: What’s an otaku?
Man: An expert on useless stuff.
Schoolgirl (turning to her mother): Oh, so you’re a Pazu-Dora (Puzzles & Dragons) otaku.
— National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, Mitaka, Tokyo. Overheard by Japan Times On Sunday reader Ramsey Lundock
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