There is a brand new English Language school in Tokyo Japan that caters to the needs of Japanese otaku who want to learn English but may refuse to to take regular English classes for fear of being too different and not fitting in. Teachers and students of the school are encouraged to wear costumes of their favourite anime, manga and video game characters and the costume playing is an important part of getting the lesson across and understood by the students.
The school was started by Yohei Suzuki and in a recent interview with Reuters stated that “Otaku culture is taking over the world. Everybody reads manga now. So I thought Otaku people in Japan might be interested in Otaku culture outside Japan.”
Teaching English in Japan is a definite possibility in the future for me, being as big a geek as I am I still having trouble wrapping my mind around this idea…but, given the opportunity I’d at least try it ^_^. I am sure English Language students in Japan wouldn’t mind being taught by Iori Yagami or Kyo Kusanagi..right?