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  • I've been to Japan 6 times and was stationed in Okinawa and there are some things I will never "get" about Japan..
    This is one of them.

    Yeah OK. It's Akiba(hara)?
  • blender61: I've been to Japan 6 times and was stationed in Okinawa and there are some things I will never "get" about Japan..
    This is one of them.

    Yeah OK. It's Akiba(hara)?


    You don't have to get Akihabara culture. it's like a seven bean dip of various subcultures, only there's reall like a hundred different layers, each a different flavor. Guns, booze, cats, maids, games, animation, video games, history, computers, radios, music, dance, art, gizmos, figurines, etc.  Every hobby is there, and so they start to blend around the edges...
  • doglover: blender61: I've been to Japan 6 times and was stationed in Okinawa and there are some things I will never "get" about Japan..
    This is one of them.

    Yeah OK. It's Akiba(hara)?

    You don't have to get Akihabara culture. it's like a seven bean dip of various subcultures, only there's reall like a hundred different layers, each a different flavor. Guns, booze, cats, maids, games, animation, video games, history, computers, radios, music, dance, art, gizmos, figurines, etc.  Every hobby is there, and so they start to blend around the edges...


    I can see the frosting on the cake.
    Now tell me what is in the cake.

    Tell me the why of it on a cultural anthropological  level.

    I've given this some though through the years. I want to understand
    I have my own theory and the only answer I've really been given is that I can't understand because i'm not Japanese.
    That may very well be true. Observation is colored by culture.

    I don't really care one way or the other.  It is just another one of life's curiosities.
  • blender61: doglover: blender61: I've been to Japan 6 times and was stationed in Okinawa and there are some things I will never "get" about Japan..
    This is one of them.

    Yeah OK. It's Akiba(hara)?

    You don't have to get Akihabara culture. it's like a seven bean dip of various subcultures, only there's reall like a hundred different layers, each a different flavor. Guns, booze, cats, maids, games, animation, video games, history, computers, radios, music, dance, art, gizmos, figurines, etc.  Every hobby is there, and so they start to blend around the edges...

    I can see the frosting on the cake.
    Now tell me what is in the cake.

    Tell me the why of it on a cultural anthropological  level.

    I've given this some though through the years. I want to understand
    I have my own theory and the only answer I've really been given is that I can't understand because i'm not Japanese.
    That may very well be true. Observation is colored by culture.

    I don't really care one way or the other.  It is just another one of life's curiosities.


    People have written whole books on that subject. https://www.amazon.com/Otaku​-Encyclope​dia-Insiders-Guide-Subculture/dp/15683​6549


    And that was 2009.  It's evolved since then also because it's not one homogeneous thing but a nexus where various subcultures meet.  Some rise, some fall, some change, some don't.

    But basically, anime, manga, and video game culture is the primary industry so everything is infused with that. Themed restaurants and cafes have always been big in Japan, as have bars where attractive women (or men) entertain the customers for higher prices. Nerd stuff met the adult stuff and pow! Maid cafes were born.

    That's my general theory, although I've heard rumors there were some maid themed bars before they took off in Akihabara, but I would argue those were probably closer to the typical hostess bar just with french maid uniforms instead of low cut dresses.
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    The future looks an awful lot like the 1980s to me.
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    Are they throwing gang signs? Possible secret white supremacists hand gesture at a Senate hearing?
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    The future looks an awful lot like the 1980s to me.
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    You have to take the cycles of nostalgia into account.  The 2030s are gonna look an awful lot like the 1970s.
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  • These themed establishments tend to have awful overpriced food and bad service, and it gets worse and worse with time. I don't even want to imagine what a 2049 would be, given that even the 1960s-themed one I've been to was terrible.
  • Japan has such an interesting culture. I hope the West continues to fail to crush it
  • Olympic Trolling Judge: Gordon Bennett: [img.fark.net image 850x566]
    The future looks an awful lot like the 1980s to me.
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    You have to take the cycles of nostalgia into account.  The 2030s are gonna look an awful lot like the 1970s.


    Does that mean that everything will be in Burnt Orange, Avocado Green and Harvest Gold again?

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  • doglover:
    That's my general theory, although I've heard rumors there were some maid themed bars before they took off in Akihabara, but I would argue those were probably closer to the typical hostess bar just with french maid uniforms instead of low cut dresses.

    From what I've heard Akihabara is severely watered down from the way it used to be even in the 90s. It's been cleaned up and commercialized, sort of like Comic-Con, I guess. I know a guy online that gets depressed when anyone talks about it, but maybe he's just overly dramatic.


    People have written whole books on that subject. https://www.amazon.com/Otaku​-Encyclope​dia-Insiders-Guide-Subculture/dp/15683​6549

    Doesn't otaku still have a hugely negative connotation? And it was written 5 years ago..
  • blender61: doglover: blender61: I've been to Japan 6 times and was stationed in Okinawa and there are some things I will never "get" about Japan..
    This is one of them.

    Yeah OK. It's Akiba(hara)?

    You don't have to get Akihabara culture. it's like a seven bean dip of various subcultures, only there's reall like a hundred different layers, each a different flavor. Guns, booze, cats, maids, games, animation, video games, history, computers, radios, music, dance, art, gizmos, figurines, etc.  Every hobby is there, and so they start to blend around the edges...

    I can see the frosting on the cake.
    Now tell me what is in the cake.

    Tell me the why of it on a cultural anthropological  level.

    I've given this some though through the years. I want to understand
    I have my own theory and the only answer I've really been given is that I can't understand because i'm not Japanese.
    That may very well be true. Observation is colored by culture.

    I don't really care one way or the other.  It is just another one of life's curiosities.


    Not sure if this is what you're asking, but the origin of Akiba is "Electric City" where all manner of electrical appliances and components could be found. That made it an attraction for the hobbyists into stuff like radio, and later computers. From there it blew up into gaming consoles, which allowed a crossover of interests from electronics themselves to the games played on consoles/computers. It just grew from there.
  • lostcat:

    The electric stuff is still around but increasingly being replaced by the touristy stuff.

    It's a trip worth taking if you're into any video game or anime and find yourself in Tokyo.  Also good place for computer pieces parts.
  • Gordon Bennett: Olympic Trolling Judge: Gordon Bennett: [img.fark.net image 850x566]
    The future looks an awful lot like the 1980s to me.
    [img.fark.net image 474x649]

    You have to take the cycles of nostalgia into account.  The 2030s are gonna look an awful lot like the 1970s.

    Does that mean that everything will be in Burnt Orange, Avocado Green and Harvest Gold again?

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    That was the color scheme of Radio Shack when I first started working there.
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  • God-is-a-Taco: Japan has such an interesting culture. I hope the West continues to fail to crush it


    Their PM is basically Trump, but smart and measured. He's currently trying to change the rules so he can have more terms.

    So your hopes should be good for a while.
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  • Likwit: so he can have more terms.


    The Prime Minister of Japan is a post that has no term limits.
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