My Two Otakus

The other night a friend of mine tipped me off to a second, older, meaning for the word otaku in Japanese. I’ve only heard it applied to geeks. オタク go to Akihabara [1] [2] [3] and live for video games, anime, and figurines… or so the legend goes.
akihabara 1
akihabara 2

Apparently it can also mean “your house.” My guess is that it is a little formal and polite, but I’ll have to run that by my Japanese teacher to be sure.

お宅 – your house
オタク – geek