I'm not Japanese, but I am a western (Well, australian) otaku that has visited Japan. People are always talking about the negative connotations the word 'otaku' has in japan, but when I went there, people didn't seem like that at all. For the start I tried not to bring up my interests with Japanese people I had met, but they always ended up bringing it up, Since I'd end up staring at any anime related shop we walked past. But rather than being put off by it, they seemed more curious, like how much interest people in different countries took to Japanese anime. I think Japanese people who dislike Japanese otaku will dislike western otaku as well, and Japanese people who dislike westerners will dislike western otaku, but other than those people, western otaku seemed to be viewed with curiosity and wonderment, considering Japan is actually a rather closed off country and don't really see the overall effect that the supposed subculture 'otaku' has taken overseas.
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>>181 Reading all the comments on that link made me scared. Is there such a thing as a 'white guy friendly' place in Japan?
>>184 You're a fool to believe everything you read on internet. People like you if you act normal and polite and not stereotypical white
>>185 What is the stereotype the Japanese have for white people? I don't know any white stereotypes.
>>186 You never heard of the arrogant frenchman, american redneck or the drunken russian? All those are typical stereotypes for example. But asian consider a negative stereotype is the white guy who thinks he's better than everybody else, refuse to speak the local language and customs and so on.
In japan, otaku is nagative phrase, but western otaku is positive phrase. Because Western admire japanese culture. That is positive for japanese --- japanese unconsciously think Western (mainly white) is greater than japanese.
"Moe" is bad feeling in japan,I think the reason it's similar to love little girl, little animal. If adult male love to them(except case of they are family), japanese people have bad feeling.
>>196 Most Americans think moe is stupid and sexist. Moe anime like K-On! is not very popular here. Anyone who likes moe is considered creepy and a pedophile. Americans like action anime like Cowboy Bebop and Trigun.