I started AustinOtaku.com as a way to allay my own restlessness, living in the heart of Texas, far away from Tokyo or any of the three Japantowns (nihonmachi) in the U.S.. It’s one of the annoyances of adulthood that you have to settle into a job and worry about finances rather than being able to just pick up and move.
I could’ve either complained about it and spent my time moping about being in such a hot, backwards part of the country or made the best of it. I chose the latter. I firmly believe what John Milton said:
“The mind is its own place, and in it self
Can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven.”
–John Milton, Paradise Lost
And once I made that decision and started AustinOtaku.com, embarking on a mission to discover all of the ways a self-admitted Japanophile and otaku could plug in, I found there was a lot more to Austin than I thought. Here are some of the highlights of the first 3 months of AustinOtaku.com. Enjoy!