Japanese anime, manga (comics), cosplay and other contemporary art and entertainment forms have spread worldwide from the 1980s, filled our childhood memories throughout the 90s and 2000s and continue to explode as a global phenomenon into the present day. Modern Japanese language uses the word “otaku” to mean a person who is a fan of the different art subcultures, whereas the West has kicked this up a notch by labelling otaku as geeks who are obsessed with these modern Japanese art forms. Japan’s own Nomira Research Institute has even conducted two separate studies and officially determined 12 different kinds of otaku. These go from the ever-famous manga, anime, and figurines and range to military and even train otaku! Yup, that young guy in the cafe wearing a fancy train conductor outfit might actually be a train otaku enthusiast, spending his free time photographing trains and collecting as many conductor outfits as his closet can fit!