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A man reads at a 24hr manga cafe in Hokkaido. Otaku is a loanword from the Japanese language. In English, it is usually used to refer to an obsessive fan of anime/manga and/or Japanese culture generally, and to a lesser extent, Japanese video games, Otaku loosely translates to nerd. Japan as a country spawned a nation of people obsessed with the virtual, or make-belief life with many outlets for expression. From Coplay, to spending nights poring over manga and video games in 24hrs internet cafes. Manga cafes, once seen as hangouts for young people with nothing else to do, are acquiring a new and upgraded identity. Despite the name, manga cafes are typically equipped not only with manga (comic books) but also with computers and video games, tanning rooms, shower facilities, and even massages have joined the menus of the more deluxe establishments. While maintaining the quiet for which they have been known, these cafes are evolving into hideouts where customers can concentrate on work or simply chill out in the privacy of their cubicles. The cafes with affordable rates attract the occasional salaryman whos missed a last train or the homeless.

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Joel Boh
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Planet Otaku
A man reads at a 24hr manga cafe in Hokkaido. Otaku is a loanword from the Japanese language. In English, it is usually used to refer to an obsessive fan of anime/manga and/or Japanese culture generally, and to a lesser extent, Japanese video games, Otaku loosely translates to nerd. Japan as a country spawned a nation of people obsessed with the virtual, or make-belief life with many outlets for expression. From Coplay, to spending nights poring over manga and video games in 24hrs internet cafes. Manga cafes, once seen as hangouts for young people with nothing else to do, are acquiring a new and upgraded identity. Despite the name, manga cafes are typically equipped not only with manga (comic books) but also with computers and video games, tanning rooms, shower facilities, and even massages have joined the menus of the more deluxe establishments. While maintaining the quiet for which they have been known, these cafes are evolving into hideouts where customers can concentrate on work or simply chill out in the privacy of their cubicles. The cafes with affordable rates attract the occasional salaryman whos missed a last train or the homeless.