Inside The Rooms Of Female Otaku

In Japan, the stereotype is that all geeks are dudes. Walking around nerd areas like Tokyo's Nipponbashi and Osaka's Den-Den Town, the large number of guys would lead you to think that. That would be incorrect.

Yes, there are female geeks in Japan. Of course there are! Some of them are idols or wanna-be idols, others are company employees. Some love anime or erotic games, and others are into guns or superheroes.

What makes someone an otaku (geek) in Japan is their obsessions. They can be train otaku, music otaku, anime otaku, video game otaku, car otaku, etc, etc. What connects them all is their passion.

A new book, Daraku Heya (堕落部屋), which means "depraved" or "corrupted" room, shows off these geeks in their native habitats. The term "daraku heya" actually refers to what idols call the dormitories they live in when the rooms become cluttered with crap (otaku idol groups often live together in ramshackle apartments until they hit it big).

Here, the rooms are depraved or corrupted because they are examples of unbridled excess and unabashed indulgence. It is proof positive of pure otaku.

Yes, this does seem like female nerd fetishisation. But in the past few years, there have been a couple "inside the rooms of otaku" books. Danny Choo, for example, from released a couple. This latest book is following in the footsteps of those previous works.

Below you can see photos of Daraku Heya from website Akiba Blog as well as official shots. If you like the photos, check out the official site of the book's photographer, Shiori Kawamoto.

自身初の写真集『堕落部屋』を解説 [Openers] おたく属性・マニアック女子部屋写真集 堕落部屋 「オタク女子の部屋を覗いちゃえ」 [アキバBlog]

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    How can i find one in the wild :O?!

      The same way you find a wild mew ;)

        By exploiting glitches?

    The mess in those rooms would drive me crazy. I don't know how people live with stuff all over the floor D:

      All those stray wires and boxes all over the place..... And I thought I was messy. And this is coming from a lazy bum of a dude too. O__o But that said, some of them chicks are pretty still. :3 I wonder if the mess is deliberate.

      Doesn't help that traditional japanese houses/apartments are insanely small. In a standard sized room it might look quite tidy...maybe

      Yeah, I don't know how they could spend so much time in rooms like that. I would go insane with cleaning and tidying if I had to spend more than an hr in there.

    I have a room just like that...almost - mine has 5 thousand dollars in comics stacked in 8 large boxes stacked to the ceiling and a drawing board where I struggle to draw Manga. I must immediately burn my comics and get a life.

      If you're happy, why does it matter?

    I don't see any mess.
    Everything is in its rightful place.

      Yeah these are messy, but in an arty way, I also think some of them are probably just wannabe idols going after the otaku community etc.

    Reality is the girls look 10 times worse, they don't get up and put on makeup and look half dead using their computers because they know they don't need to see daylight for today.

    So expectations vs reality...remember it. =)

      They don't need to put on makeup. And I only see daylight for two hours a day. I'm fine with all of this.

      Reality verses perception.

    *Sigh* Why do I have to be reminded that girls like these exist, when the only ones I meet are the ones who'd look down on my interests as opposed to share them.

    My shelves and crammed with anime statues and gunpla but it's not an untidy room...But then I have a wardrobe too.

    Well that goes against the stereotype.

    Yo Brian, I think you mean Tokyo's Akihabara. Den-Den town is the nickname for Nipponbashi, Osaka.

    And my wife says my gaming area was a mess when she first moved in with me..

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