Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Leave It To The Japanese To Have Cool Name For Nerd-like Behavior

I obsessively photograph the place where I live, among other compulsive behaviors.


  • Otaku (おたく/オタク) is a Japanese term that refers to people with obsessive interests, commonly anime and manga fandom. According to studies published in 2013, the term has become less negative, and many people ( the daughter) now self-identify as otaku.

One of the recent and fun developments in our family is that when I greet my daughter I give a Japanese-style bow and say "Otaku," which she does as well. We leave it unsaid as to what are our obsessive interests. One would not be wrong to say anime and manga fandom for my daughter.

Being the age I am I have the pleasure/horror of becoming obsessive about whatever is at the front of my brain at any given moment. Otaku!

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