'Geek girl' forges unique, global style
Artist, model and DJ Julie Watai has found ways to take the Akihabara "otaku" culture and make it her own, mostly through the success of her photography that has resonated with fans overseas for being unique, but still somehow very Japanese.
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Tokyo's Ikebukuro district has become a center for "otaku" culture, with festivals and shopping streets bringing together fans. But it also has a history of nurturing young manga artists, and it is a tradition that continues to this day.