Just post my two cents and response.
My own thoughts, I think it's inferrable people raised in Japan are just indoctrinated into their collectivist society. Just as people born Western countries are indoctrinated in individualist societies. For someone born in the US, who hates apologists, hates "sheeple" I think it's an awful society, filled with fake people who people putting in minimal effort into conversation, and are obsessed with rules and regulations.
I theorize that the reason their entertainment industry is so large is because they those who are displeased use entertainment to escape from that.
Does it mean it's bad? No, I just hated it.
For the time I stayed in Japan, the nicest people I met were German, British, and Burmese. Will I judge all Japanese people based on this experience? No, I'll judge them as I deal with them as individuals.
The idea that the Japanese are all strange and crazy, like on the TV shows
Only a bigot believes this, but ok.
They're stupid, narrow-minded, or are only interested in bizarre, Otaku-style culture
.......That's really the view people have? Most people these days are:
Asian -> High IQ and Hardworking
Otaku is still just a subculture, as large as it is.
They listen to J-pop, and nothing else
That's just silly. It'd be like Indians only listening to Bollywood music.
Ok, lets talk about Anime
Wait what? I thought we were talking about Japan, not anime and its fandom. Different topics.
But not that any of it is particularly untrue.
Japanophiles constantly type Japanese sentences in Romanji, usually on youtube videos
OK, this is not a fact, but more a vent.
Ok, is this about Japanophiles/Anime fans or Japan/Japanese people?
Maid Cafes and host/ hostess bars are everywhere, and they're acceptable
Never heard this stereotype. They're a city thing as you say.
Side note - Akihabara is a gamer's/ geeks' heaven? No, not really...
Imagine this X4 and that's the size of Akiba. That's it. Really.
No, it's not. I've been there a number of times now (I live a 30min train ride from there) and it's just not any of that.
Akihabara' world famous electronic district is nothing more than A SINGLE MAIN ROAD, with a couple of backstreets, dedicated to otaku culture like video games, anime, electronics, AKB48, and seedy hostess/ maid cafe culture.
Here's where I disagree. I went to Akihabara about six times when I was there and it is much larger than the single main road. It's pretty damn packed with stuff.
Is it the "geek's/gamer's heaven" ? well that really depends on your definition on "Heaven."
But the place is packed, and many of the stores have up to four floors of things.
And this is a SMALL road. You can walk from one end of Akiba' Otaku section to the other in just 15 minutes! Akiba is NOTHING.
That sounds like a pretty normal sized road to me (for Japan at least).
In terms of video games, there's more in Osaka than there is in Akiba. There are possibly more arcades in Kyoto than in Akiba.
Akihabara has never been just games, it's been a variety of things, and gaming isn't just limited to arcades.
Besides shopping, and laughing at some of the very liberally sex shops, and gazing at the maids trying to hook easily manipulated men, there's really isn't much else to do other than shopping, like you would in any other normal city.
Yeah.....that's what people do in Akihabara, they shop for figures and electronics.
The point of Akihabara is that it's so many of those shops in one place. Since it's in Tokyo, it's a big deal for them because they don't really have other options other than that and a few other districts that are close by.
You can't really find a comparable place in New York, there are places but they aren't as concentrated.
There aren't even many people wearing cosplay style outfits in Akiba. You'll see WAY MORE in Kyoto, where I lived for 6 months.
Depends on the time of day. But I've never heard of people going to Akihabara for that.
Japan is Male Dominated, and that women are still treated as inferior
Debateable, people still say shit about the U.S.
Look hard enough and you'll find it even if it doesn't ring true about the whole country.