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What is the term for someone who doesn't disrespect the Japanese culture that appreciates it and does more than watch anime and read manga and listen to Japanese music? Otaku wouldn't be right because it is defined as

(in Japan) a young person who is obsessed with computers or particular aspects of popular culture to the detriment of their social skills.
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Japanophile. Or more academically, Japanologist.

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Japanologist I like it
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Japanophile.
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You can also say Japanese Cultural Enthusiast, but that's a mouthful.
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a decent person
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Yeah I need that word, because I'm definitely one of those. I started out as an otaku, but I've definitely evolved from that a bunch. Japanophile just sounds weird lol
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xetherealx wrote:

What is the term for someone who doesn't disrespect the Japanese culture that appreciates it and does more than watch anime and read manga and listen to Japanese music? Otaku wouldn't be right because it is defined as

(in Japan) a young person who is obsessed with computers or particular aspects of popular culture to the detriment of their social skills.


You are right and wrong on the Otaku part.

Otaku really just means obsessed with a particular... thing I guess from everything I have heard.

Thus you get ones like Train Otakus, people obsessed with the trains and train systems in Japan.

Idol Otaku, pretty much live and breath for idols.

Military Otaku, people obsessed with all things military.

Gun Otaku, we call em gun nuts here in the states.

Anime/Manga Otaku, don't think that needs clarification...

So on and so forth you get the idea.


Also I believe the word I have seen used is Wapanese.


Wapanese comes from the English "Want to be Japanese". They are non-Japanese people who have a obsessive interest in multiple aspects of Japanese culture. They may develop an incredibly positive view of Japan that's somewhat unrealistic. Some become skilled at Japanese language and/or martial arts.


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APPROPRIATOR!!!




I'm kidding of course, but I actually did get accused of cultural appropriation because I was reading manga at work.
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Nogara-san wrote:

APPROPRIATOR!!!




I'm kidding of course, but I actually did get accused of cultural appropriation because I was reading manga at work.


That's a great place to work

Being accused of cultural appropriation instead of slacking off
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Also I believe the word I have seen used is Wapanese.


Wapanese comes from the English "Want to be Japanese". They are non-Japanese people who have a obsessive interest in multiple aspects of Japanese culture. They may develop an incredibly positive view of Japan that's somewhat unrealistic. Some become skilled at Japanese language and/or martial arts.




I don't like that word, Wapanese, as it sounds like a derogatory term for what he's looking to describe. Kind of like how anime used to be referred to as Japanime. Especially the part about having an incredibly positive view of Japan that's somewhat unrealistic and having an obsessive interest in Japan and it's culture. You can have an interest and appreciation of Japan and it's culture without going that far, and I think that he's looking for a term for that.

As for what term to use, I'm not sure what to use as my brain's too tired to come up with something right now.
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Nipponophile is the correct word.
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Call yourself a Japanese cultural anthropologist so that people don't think that you're overly excited about Japanese culture.
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MoxiRoxi wrote:
I started out as an otaku, but I've definitely evolved from that a bunch.

Otaku is something you evolve into, not something you evolve out of.
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All the examples what people put are for obsessions, exactly the thing you said you are not looking forXD
I wonder what some words are for people who don't pay attention to what they read?

But there is not a term in English for someone who has a interest in another culture
You just enjoy and appreciate Japanese culture, there is no special word for it unless its a obsession.
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