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(SoraNews24)   In the year 2045, the French maid fetish will still be around, and Japanese cyberpunk-kawaii maids will be ready to satisfy that fetish at your favorite dystopian-theme Akihabara café. IN THE YEAR 2045   (soranews24.com) divider line
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2019-03-15 08:31:32 PM  
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)?
 
2019-03-15 08:50:02 PM  
MAN WITH A MISSION - 2045
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2019-03-15 10:08:42 PM  
So... problem?
 
2019-03-15 10:37:00 PM  

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...
 
2019-03-15 11:14:41 PM  

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.
 
2019-03-15 11:43:02 PM  

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.
 
2019-03-16 01:55:08 AM  
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The future looks an awful lot like the 1980s to me.
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2019-03-16 02:44:05 AM  
At first, I was all like...
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But now I'm thinking...
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Are they throwing gang signs? Possible secret white supremacists hand gesture at a Senate hearing?
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2019-03-16 02:44:57 AM  

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.
 
2019-03-16 02:47:23 AM  
In the year 2525...
 
2019-03-16 02:51:38 AM  
Futurama Year 252525 Song FULL
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2019-03-16 02:55:27 AM  
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2019-03-16 03:29:49 AM  
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.
 
2019-03-16 03:38:54 AM  
Japan has such an interesting culture. I hope the West continues to fail to crush it
 
2019-03-16 03:39:39 AM  
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2019-03-16 04:19:58 AM  

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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2019-03-16 04:27:10 AM  
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..
 
2019-03-16 04:29:04 AM  

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.
 
2019-03-16 04:37:27 AM  
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.
 
2019-03-16 05:22:55 AM  

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.
 
2019-03-16 05:27:48 AM  
 
2019-03-16 05:54:49 AM  
oblig
Kirsten Dunst - Turning Japanese (HD)
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2019-03-16 06:00:29 AM  

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.
 
2019-03-16 07:07:54 AM  
As foretold in the prophecies by Zager and Evans
 
2019-03-16 07:21:13 AM  

Likwit: so he can have more terms.


The Prime Minister of Japan is a post that has no term limits.
 
2019-03-16 07:36:48 AM  
BAND-MAID / REAL EXISTENCE
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Some of those maids are pretty bad ass
 
2019-03-16 08:15:31 AM  
In the year 2000 La Bamaba
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2019-03-16 08:43:54 AM  

pup.socket: Likwit: so he can have more terms.

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


There are term limits in the Jimintou.
 
2019-03-16 08:47:35 AM  

God-is-a-Taco: 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.


This is true. Hell, it's been severely watered down in just the last 10 years. Little, interesting shops relatively far away from Akihabara station have basically disappeared. Some medium sized shops have moved into smaller, crappier stores near the station. It seems like >50% of anyone walking around at any given time is a tourist. It's a shadow of its former self.

Japan has really stepped up their tourism game, to the point where it's probably damaging itself. I don't even want to know what the Olympics are going to do.
 
2019-03-16 08:50:17 AM  
What in the World?? ... by The Dukes of Stratosphear REMASTERED
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2019-03-16 09:06:30 AM  
TIL in Japan they have a phrase to describe the exposed area between thigh  high stockings  and mini-skirt.
 
2019-03-16 10:03:24 AM  
Really? No one.

Cleopatra 2525 Intro
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2019-03-16 10:41:29 AM  

NathanAllen: TIL in Japan they have a phrase to describe the exposed area between thigh  high stockings  and mini-skirt.


I learned it as the chuckle strip. Run your fingers up her leg and if she doesn't say no by the time you touch skin, you're laughing.
 
2019-03-16 11:49:27 AM  

Likwit: pup.socket: Likwit: so he can have more terms.

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

There are term limits in the Jimintou.


And they are totally meaningless, as they are not a law, but a party statute which depends only on party discipline and faction negotiations, and today LDP has only one faction of importance, that of Abe.

Besides, the party term limits only preclude three consecutive terms, so nothing stops Abe from pulling a Putin, stepping down for a term and coming back later, like he did in 2007. He could even stay on as PM during if the majority of the Diet so decides.
 
2019-03-16 12:03:55 PM  
Ah, Japanese "Hooters".
 
2019-03-16 12:08:25 PM  

NathanAllen: TIL in Japan they have a phrase to describe the exposed area between thigh  high stockings  and mini-skirt.


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2019-03-16 12:39:08 PM  

Trik: oblig
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Worth a bookmark, Farkers.  I think that cover is actually better than the Vapors'.  And she rocks that blue wig and miniskirt.

Also, I love that Takashi Murakami was a producer and has a cameo.
 
2019-03-16 12:45:44 PM  

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.


Ok way late to this party but:

Your description of the culture as a melange sounds familiar.  Imagine a population dense enough and sufficiently mobile (or connected) that fringe niche fans can find each other and reinforce one another's interests...

Hmm.  Perhaps there's a useful analogy somewhere?
 
2019-03-16 12:47:11 PM  

NathanAllen: TIL in Japan they have a phrase to describe the exposed area between thigh  high stockings  and mini-skirt.


Does it translate to "Last chance to check for traps"?
 
2019-03-16 02:25:58 PM  

NathanAllen: TIL in Japan they have a phrase to describe the exposed area between thigh  high stockings  and mini-skirt.


Yep
 
2019-03-16 04:40:02 PM  

trialpha: Japan has really stepped up their tourism game, to the point where it's probably damaging itself. I don't even want to know what the Olympics are going to do.


I think it's not so much Japan trying, as millions of people in China and South Korea primarily but other parts of Asia as well now having the sort of disposable income that travel to Japan is affordable. Cheap, even, if you're one of the millions of rich people that weren't just 10 years ago.

Japan has outsized cultural power, is a major center for shopping, and doesn't have pollution problems the way China does. It's a giant flame drawing in moths.

I was there a couple years ago, and Kyoto and Osaka are PACKED with tourists. It's definitely unhealthy in parts of Kyoto, considering these sites are also legit 1000+ year old cultural heritage. But it's like the Galapagos - it's easy to see why people want to go there.
 
2019-03-16 05:01:45 PM  

NathanAllen: TIL in Japan they have a phrase to describe the exposed area between thigh  high stockings  and mini-skirt.


Meanwhile in Finland...

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2019-03-16 05:26:11 PM  

pup.socket: Likwit: pup.socket: Likwit: so he can have more terms.

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

There are term limits in the Jimintou.

And they are totally meaningless, as they are not a law, but a party statute which depends only on party discipline and faction negotiations, and today LDP has only one faction of importance, that of Abe.

Besides, the party term limits only preclude three consecutive terms, so nothing stops Abe from pulling a Putin, stepping down for a term and coming back later, like he did in 2007. He could even stay on as PM during if the majority of the Diet so decides.


And he's trying to change those rules right now... why are we arguing?
 
2019-03-16 08:11:00 PM  

adamatari: trialpha: Japan has really stepped up their tourism game, to the point where it's probably damaging itself. I don't even want to know what the Olympics are going to do.

I think it's not so much Japan trying, as millions of people in China and South Korea primarily but other parts of Asia as well now having the sort of disposable income that travel to Japan is affordable. Cheap, even, if you're one of the millions of rich people that weren't just 10 years ago.

Japan has outsized cultural power, is a major center for shopping, and doesn't have pollution problems the way China does. It's a giant flame drawing in moths.

I was there a couple years ago, and Kyoto and Osaka are PACKED with tourists. It's definitely unhealthy in parts of Kyoto, considering these sites are also legit 1000+ year old cultural heritage. But it's like the Galapagos - it's easy to see why people want to go there.


Yeah, it's awful. I lived in Kyoto for two years and the traffic and transportation were so clogged up it was just unbearable. The only way to get around in a timely fashion is by bicycle which is tough in the hot, humid summer. The locals are mostly miserable, but the wealthy land owners and the city want that sweet tourism cash. It sucks a lot.
 
2019-03-16 08:46:58 PM  

JesusIsNowBlind: NathanAllen: TIL in Japan they have a phrase to describe the exposed area between thigh  high stockings  and mini-skirt.

I learned it as the chuckle strip. Run your fingers up her leg and if she doesn't say no by the time you touch skin, you're laughing.


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2019-03-16 09:38:09 PM  

Invincible: Really? No one.

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2019-03-16 10:23:55 PM  

Likwit: Yeah, it's awful. I lived in Kyoto for two years and the traffic and transportation were so clogged up it was just unbearable. The only way to get around in a timely fashion is by bicycle which is tough in the hot, humid summer. The locals are mostly miserable, but the wealthy land owners and the city want that sweet tourism cash. It sucks a lot.


I've been to Kyoto a few times, and every time found the "convenient" buses horrifically packed and slow. Are cabs any better?
 
2019-03-16 11:52:16 PM  

trialpha: Likwit: Yeah, it's awful. I lived in Kyoto for two years and the traffic and transportation were so clogged up it was just unbearable. The only way to get around in a timely fashion is by bicycle which is tough in the hot, humid summer. The locals are mostly miserable, but the wealthy land owners and the city want that sweet tourism cash. It sucks a lot.

I've been to Kyoto a few times, and every time found the "convenient" buses horrifically packed and slow. Are cabs any better?


Not at all. The traffic is just to crazy and Kyotoites love to park on the street, which clogs things up further. I always tell people who visit to buy a used bike for about 70 bucks, ride the shiat out of it and sell it back at the end for 30 or so. The subway is also pretty convenient and they have a $5 all-you-can-ride day pass.
 
2019-03-17 02:44:29 AM  

Likwit: why are we arguing?


For the sake of it.

I'm not a fan of that sleazebag either.
 
2019-03-17 05:39:46 AM  

pup.socket: Likwit: why are we arguing?

For the sake of it.

I'm not a fan of that sleazebag either.


Fair enough. I too enjoy pointless arguments from time to time.
 
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