Sep 2

WITLife is a periodic series written by professional Writer/Interpreter/Translator Stacy Smith (Kumamoto-ken CIR, 2000-03). She starts her day by watching Fujisankei’s newscast in Japanese, and here she shares some of the interesting tidbits and trends together with her own observations.

A wacky article from the WSJ about overnight trips between otaku and their virtual lovers to the seaside area of Atami, not far from Tokyo.  Local business such as yakiniku (pictured right) and dessert shops are catering to this new clientele with special menus and promotional products, adding a bit of economic stimulus to this past its heyday region.  Hotels will often charge for two (for up to $500!) despite the fact that half of the couple is virtual, and the men gladly pay.  An Only in Japan story that I hope will be taken in context!

one comment so far...

  • jetwit Said on September 2nd, 2010 at 10:33 am:

    Great post, Stacy! I remember being in Atami for a JET conference back in the day. What a beautiful place.

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