Weeaboo and Wapanese – Understand the Meaning

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Do you know what the word weeaboo means? Are you a weeaboo? What do the Japanese think about these people? In this article, we will take a deep look at the meaning of this word.

Weeaboo also known as “wapanese” is a derogatory and pejorative slang that defines people who are not Japanese, but behave like a Japanese, demonstrating their preferences and passion for Japan in an exaggerated way. In short, it's a pay-as-you-go from Japan.

These people prefer all things Japan over their own culture. This person could be an anime and manga addicted otaku, a hikikomori who only lives at home because he has no interest in anything but Japan.

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Word Origin for Weeaboo

In the 18th century a similar term called Japanophile appeared. This term refers to the appreciation and love for Japanese culture, people or stories of Japan. In Japanese this term is known as “Shinnichi” (親日), this term was created after Japan exported his works in the 18th century and attracted the interest of thousands of foreigners, but this word is not pejorative.

The term Wapanese emerged around 2000, and became popular in 2003 due to images posted on the website 4chan. In 2005 Nicholas Gurewitch coined the term Weeaboo and the site 4chan started using this term. The origin of Weeaboo has no meaning, it just replaced the use of the word Wapanese.

What about Korean fans? Those addicted to elements of Korean culture, especially K-Pop and Dramas, there are two terms that are Koreaboo and Hallyu.

What does weeaboo mean? Don't be a weeaboo!

How to identify a weeaboo?

It's not wrong to enjoy Japanese culture, learn the language, or enjoy anime and manga. Unfortunately a weeaboo does this far too much. Weeaboo are known to act the way we're going to quote below, but don't think that anyone who does that is a weeaboo.

Speak Japanese words – A weeaboo speaks random Japanese words in the presence of people who do not speak Japanese. Words like kawaii, sugoi, baka, etc. They also often use Japanese suffixes in people's names, even if they are not in Japan.

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Just want things from Japan – A weeaboo only prefers Japanese cuisine, movies, dramas and Japanese animations. They also prefer products made in Japan, or use certain product, app, clothing and website because it is popular in Japan.

Think Japan is better – for them Japan is the best country, the safest, the most beautiful, for them everything revolves around Japan. They fail to see the downside of the country, ignore it and get angry when Japan receives criticism.

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What do the Japanese think of weeaboo?

If you love and appreciate Japanese culture, congratulations! It's okay to enjoy Japanese culture and share it with others. But do it in moderation, and despite the difficulties, don't belittle your home country.

In the video below we see some Japanese people reacting to the unspeakable actions taken by Weeaboo Japan addicts:

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