When I first heard the word “hentai” in the 1980s, I thought it was an ironic moniker for a subculture I was not familiar with.
For a long time, the only way I could find my way to a place like Akihabara was by using a card catalog or a store.
But as my interest in the culture expanded, so did my desire to see what was out there.
And so I began researching the history of the genre, learning about the people behind the scenes, and even meeting some of the artists who made the material happen.
It was the beginning of a lifelong love affair with Japanese art and culture.
And it took me a while to realize that I was more interested in the art and art history than the people who made it happen.
As I looked for more information about the origins of the “hentais,” I stumbled upon a website devoted to the “Japanese” scene, which was quickly gaining traction as a resource for information about its creators and artists.
I decided to go on that journey, but with the intention of finding the truth behind the words and culture behind the term, rather than looking for something to celebrate.
I found the answer in a post by a fellow Reddit user who has since gone on to become a popular curator of the Japanese art scene, who also goes by the username “bondigotsu.”
He shared a few stories about the history behind the word and how it came to be.
Akihabara in the late ’80’s was known as the “Kotaku Square” for its vibrant online community and the popular video game site “Kawaii!” for its online fandom.
“The word ‘hentai’ was first coined by Japanese artist Yoshikazu Amano in the mid-’90s,” Bondigotsus wrote.
Instead, he said, he came up with the name for the style by accident, in his attempts to capture the “lively” and “fun” aspect of the style. “
But Amano wasn’t the first person to call his style ‘henta’,” Bondigotos wrote.
Instead, he said, he came up with the name for the style by accident, in his attempts to capture the “lively” and “fun” aspect of the style.
He explained that his inspiration came from his love of Japanese culture and how he could “find himself in the ‘Kotakumori’ (Japanese landscape).”
The word “Hetalia” means “Hood,” and Amano said the Japanese were known for “hiding their bodies in the thick, wet, greasy hair of the ‘Hentais.'”
I was looking for a place to create my own ‘Hetai’ art and it became obvious that Akihabaras Akihabanese were the perfect place,” he said.
Akihina, which translates to “the place,” was also known for its large crowds and an active “Heterosexual scene” which was also part of the scene.
As Bondigottos told me, Akihabare has become a hotspot for both the Japanese and international communities, and he believes that the name “henta” has become so common in Japan, it has become synonymous with “Auschwitz” and other camps.
In the late 1990s, Amano launched a video series called “Hantai” on YouTube.
The series became popular, and the series eventually became a cult classic, especially among the younger generation of fans.
But it was also a time of transition for the Japanese artist.
In 2001, Amanos career took a turn for the worse when he left the “Anime” scene to pursue “Bondigototsu’s” solo project, and his work was largely forgotten.
Today, he is known for the work he is currently producing.
While he does have a YouTube channel, Bondigota is best-known for the collection of work that he has collected over the years.
And it is in these pieces that he shares a deep connection to his fans.
He is a huge fan of the art of manga, and one of his favorite topics of conversation among the Japanese community is the art that inspired the anime, and what they are trying to capture in it.
Hentajan, as he is affectionately called, is a Japanese term for the erotic art.
It can also refer to the sexual act in which a person is forced to do something that is not permitted by law or the traditional societal norms.
Hentajans “sex” is often used to describe a type of sex act, but often it is the sexual experience itself that is depicted.
According to Bondigoti, the word hentajain is a combination of honto (a Japanese word for the word, “sex”) and hon (a word for “possession