Japan's first girls-only 'otaku' cafe opens in Osaka and boys are strictly not allowed

Japan’s first girls-only ‘otaku’ cafe opens in Osaka and boys are strictly not allowed

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Mention the Japanese term ‘otaku’, and the image of a middle-aged anime fan or manga geek-boy might come to mind.

But a new cafe, Ataraxia Cafe, in Osaka’s Nipponbashi area wants to cater to Japan’s growing number of female otakus instead.

In Japan, ‘otaku’ is used to describe a fan or someone who specialises in a particular topic, theme or hobby. This unique Japanese subculture once had a negative connotation and was previously used to refer to an obsessive, withdrawn loner who had “taken leave of his senses”, according to Wired‘s 1993 debut issue. Read more…

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Japan’s first girls-only ‘otaku’ cafe opens in Osaka and boys are strictly not allowed