A non-Japanese person who has developed a severe affection for Japanese exported popular cultural items, particularly anime, snack foods, toys, video games, and other mass-produced trinkets (while caring little about Japan as a nation or as a people). Such fans are typically young white Americans, which led them to be labeled with this decidedly racially-charged nickname. Although extremely irritating, they are ultimately harmless, as few become proficient enough in the actual Japanese language to actually travel to Japan to become Janks, McSenseis, or etc. The average "Wapanese" should only be given the same weight as that of the Radiohead fan, or similar follower of middle-America strobe-flash trends.
To a Wapanese, a box of Pocky chocolate sticks is high cuisine from an alien planet that should be carried around prominiently in the webbing of their rucksacks for all the world to see, rather than a cheap box of oversweet junk food.
by The 2-Belo December 01, 2003
Wrong: Anyone who watches anime.

Right: White/Caucasian person trying to be Japanese. Most watch anime, thus explaining the vast hatred towards it.
I watch anime, and that's it. I am not Wapanese. I mean, look, I'm not using any foreign words in this statement, not even Russian words!
by dj gs68 October 22, 2003
Someone generally from North America sometimes Europe. Can be white, black, Hispanic, or even Asian.*Counting all Asian countries other then Japan believe me I know and seen them*
Often has a unhealthy obsession with all things Japanese even though they know nothing about Japan it’s self. Most want to live in Japan even though it cost more money to live there then they want to believe. Most love anime but in a unhealthy way and or something Japanese be it a car company or electronic company. *See Sony, Honda, ect* Many dine on Japanese food such as ramen even though it was invented in continental Asia. Most over pay for “pocky” a cheep bread stick like candy that you can buy state side under different names and makes for less and better taste.

Most want to be Japanese or marry or just have sex with a Japanese person just because they are Japanese.

I would rant more but I don’t care.
Wapanese or Japaniphilles are losers. Just like fangirls who look at or write yaoi stuff all day.
by Woogy March 20, 2005
Gwen Stefani. Period.
Super ka-wa-ee! (which is pronounced wrong, by the way)
by Arrowd June 28, 2005
Hey! Let's get this evolving definition up to date, or a bit more accurate. Don't know how it began, but these days there are wapanese all over the place, not just among the white people of the world. They are to be seen throughout Asia, Southeast Asia, with some even in Africa. And some of them, unfortunately, do actually make their way to Japan, although as hinted elsewhere usually not through any real work or effort of their own--but there are means, one of which is indicated in the Example section, below. (Please don't tell any wapanese about it; there are already too many of them in Japan.)

Wapanese - Japanese wannabe, as in "I wannabe Japanese, 'cause it's subarashii!" A member of a small, spreading subculture, usually someone with only the most superficial, shallow-minded concept of Japan and her culture and language, who decides that it is somehow something to be worshipped, and proceeds to do so by way of the to-be-expected most shallow and silly means, e.g., using language sprinkled with Japanese pop culture words, eating, displaying and talking about Pocky and other Japanese junk food, doing Japanese cutesy girls cosplay, wearing ridiculous makeup in imitation of faddish Japanese girls intentionally wearing ridiculous makeup in order to identify with a certain mod-like, drifting, anti-authoritarian, hedonistic, morally compassless, often suicidal youth subculture, imitation of the Japanese imitation of gangsta baggy clothing, obsessed with the shallowest, most empty-headed anime such as Pokemon and very superficially with subjects such as ninja or Japanese calligraphy or martial arts. It should be noted that wapanese are not Japanophiles in the true sense, in that they do not actually study anything or bother to acquire any depth of knowledge about things Japanese. Wapanese are more shallow dabblers and voyeurs. Japanophiles can be a nuisance breed, too, and sometimes dreamy voyeurs, but they are different, usually immersing themselves headlong into one or more aspects of Japanese culture, sometimes losing themselves in it. The Japanohpile may become a professor or a Japanese language or martial arts teacher; the wapanese probably will never amount to anything, because the wapaneseness is just a symptom of his or her drifting cluelessness.
One Japanese school teacher to another: That new ALT (Assistant Language Teacher) is just one more immature, clueless wapanese that Monbusho (the Education Ministry) has sent us. I wish they would hire qualified EFL teachers for a change.
by Rick Hayhoe June 18, 2006
Contrary to popular belief, watching anime or reading manga does not make a wapanese. A wapanese s a person who takes it to that level where people look at them and feel a rising urge to punch them.

What they are: Mostly caucasians, that believe by watching untranslated japanese cartoons (anime), eating nothing but asian junk food they can buy online (Pocky, assorted ramen and mountains of sweets) and in short, grabbing anything with the slightest trace of Japan, and in turn shunning all western items, believing them to be inferior. A wapanese is a wannabe Japanese person. Often they know little to nothing about Japan (only what they've read), but hold a belief that it is the best country in the world, and harbour deep ambitions about living there, despite being unemployed and living with their parents.

What they think: That if indeed they did imigrate to Japan, they would be adored and revered and have women fawning over them. Unlikely, as they are generally vastly annoying (And annoyingly vast). Aso they believe that merely by watching Naruto, they can become Ninja.

Habitat: You will generally meet a lot of cool people at anime conventions, who's lives are not ruled by the going on of Tokyo Mew mew etc. but you can always spot the wapanese being a loud, disagreeable asshole, telling british artists that their drawings are not "TRUE MANGA", because they are not japanese. Also noticeable by the dreadful cardboard cosplay, that is drooping and randomly patched with tinfoil.

What they could wear: Horrible tight T-shirts with japanese symbols that they don't understand (it could say 'KICK ME' for all they know.), or worse : Hello Kitty, who is in fact a british creation! Or the afore-mentioned cosplay.

In closing, anime and manga are fine, as long as you don't just love the japanese element. I like all comics, and animation. I don't care where it came from! Wapanese give anime fans a bad name, so shame on them!
Wapanese: Deep down in my heart, I just know I was meant to be born Japanese.
NormalDude: What gives you that idea.
Wapanese: They are just the greatest people ever. I have such a deep connection.
NormalDude: No you haven't.
Wapanese: I entirely do! Check out my Hello Kitty tattoo! Kawaii, huh?
NormalDude: Hello Kitty's english, man.
*Wapanese screams and heads for nearest lasering facility*
by PearGirl August 27, 2007
a caucasian english-speaking person, usually living in the USA, who thinks that Japanese culture is superior to American culture, even though s/he grew up in America. Also uses japanese in daily conversation, sometimes to replace common english words.
The wapanese think that anything and everything japanese is cool.
by Anonymous September 16, 2003
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