The Otaku World
The world is in a constant state of change and we become more and more aware of different cultures and subcultures, and of the appearance of new ones as well.
The term "otaku" is presently used to describe a subculture that has its roots in Japan. The word derives from the kanji (Chinese character used in Japanese logographic writing) "taku", which means "another's house", and the letter "o" which is used to make it sound more polite. In general, it describes persons that are very passionate about a certain hobby, but today it is used to describe people interested in anime (Japanese cartoons), manga (Japanese comics), video games or in Japan itself.
Arts of Japan
Cosplay is short for "costume play", and it means not only dressing up as one of your favorite (or, perhaps, less favorite but more glamorous) characters from cartoons or anime, comic books or manga, video games, movies, but turning into the character itself.
Anime is a style of animation developed in Japan, which has an outstanding popularity in the entire world. Because of this, many people around the world have become interested in the Japanese culture.
Manga is a style of comic books developed in Japan.
J-Music consists of popular styles of music created in modern Japan.
A martial art is a compilation of different techniques created on different principles and ideologies.
Origami is a well known Japanese art of paper folding from which you can create different shapes.
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