A Journey Into the World of Robot Obsession

Japan’s peculiar fixation thrives, as hobbyists build homemade creatures and anthropologists study the subculture of robot otaku.

Hello World: Japan Hearts Robots

Otaku. Rough translation: geek, obsessive.

You can be an otaku of just about anything. Especially robots.

Hello World host Ashlee Vance recently traveled to Kyoto to meet Takashi Horiuchi, the king of robot otaku. By day, Horiuchi is an engineer at a large technology company. By night, he builds robots from scratch, one after another.

Horiuchi took Vance on a tour of his fighting robots and then delved into the history behind Japan’s fascination with the technology and where it's heading.

— With assistance by Ashlee Vance

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