Otaku tourism and the anime pilgrimage phenomenon in Japan

  title={Otaku tourism and the anime pilgrimage phenomenon in Japan},
  author={Takeshi Okamoto},
  journal={Japan Forum},
  pages={12 - 36}
  • T. Okamoto
  • Published 2 January 2015
  • Sociology
  • Japan Forum
Abstract This article analyses one aspect of the emerging phenomenon of otaku tourism: travel by mainly male fans of otaku subculture to anime ‘sacred sites’ (the locations that feature in favourite anime). It starts by placing discussion of otaku culture in the discourse of postmodernity and elaborating on how otaku subculture is generating new forms of communication. Then, the origins and characteristics of anime pilgrimage are traced. The article concludes by explaining how otaku tourism and… 
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