Editor's Note: Patrick Galbraith's The Otaku Encyclopedia: An Insiders Guide to the Subculture of Cool Japan offers fascinating insight into the subculture of Cool Japan. With over 600 entries, including common expressions, people, places, and moments of otaku history, this is the essential A to Z that every fan of Japanese pop culture needs to know.
Galbraith will read at Powell's City of Books on Burnside on Tuesday, September 1, at 7:30 p.m.
Powell's own Gerry Donaghy recently had a chance to talk with Galbraith.
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Gerry Donaghy: You live in Tokyo. Have you had a chance to visit the giant Gundam robot yet? What's it like?
Patrick Galbraith: I have to admit that I am one of those painful otaku who was sleeping in the park waiting for the Gundam to be unveiled. It is truly an amazing sight, standing proud at 18 meters tall, right on the path Godzilla took to attack Tokyo. I can only dream of what it would be like to see two such giants of pop ...