Andrea Petrachi is a sculptor. He doesn't use clay or marble. Instead, he creates with broken toys and discarded electronics, from electric shavers and audio connectors to old doll heads and figurine parts. His work is a mishmash of plastic and metal, joined in their common bond: they've been tossed aside for trash.
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A favourite otaku (geek) hobby in Japan is taking photos of toys. The pictures can make oh-so-cute miniature figurines look lifelike. But this trend isn't only a Japanese thing. It's also a Formula One racer thing — at least for one man. Via social media, Spanish F1 driver Fernando Alonso provides a look at Formula One that fans expect: fast cars, scenic locals, and killing time between races. He also shows a different side of the motorsport. A nerdier one.
No wonder a former Japanese Olympic snowboarder is so into otaku ("geek") culture. It seems there a whole group of snowboarding otaku, decked out in unabashedly nerdy attire.
Some of you are nerds. That's fine. Some of you are not. Likewise — fine. But for the geeky male readers out there, not all members of the opposite sex are going to be down with your peculiarities. According to Japanese site Sugoren, here are nine ways that Japanese women can instantly spot "creepy" otaku.
You know "itasha", right? It means "painmobile" and refers to cars covered in nerdy stickers. These days, everything that has been covered with nerdy imagery — from Shinto plaques to bicycles — seems to get the "ita" label in Japan. Heck, there are even "itachoco" this Valentine's Day. I guess a literal translation would be "painful chocolate".