Hikikomori

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Hikikomori

Postby tychocat2003 » Mon Feb 27, 2006 10:09 am

Here's an odd phenomenon from Japan: It's called hikikomori, and it's where a guy (usually it's a guy) one day decides he's not going to school, to find a job, to work, a relationship... and spends sometimes years or decades inside his bedroom. It sounds uniquely japanese, but its rarity outside of Japan may also be due to the fact that no one's tracking similar cases in the United States. Check out http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/15/magazine/15japanese.html?pagewanted=1&ei=5090&en=7a1fdac3eb790b32&ex=1294981200&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss. Free registration may be required to read the story.

It's a strange story about a strange subculture. Apparently, parents in Japan can be laid-back enough that they don't blink when junior says he's staying home... for 13 years. Fortunately, none of the cases mentioned in the article are otaku, so at least anime fans are spared that additional stigma.
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Re: Hikikomori

Postby PhilESieve » Sun Feb 23, 2014 11:28 pm

It's portrayed in a movie called, I believe, "Tokyo!".
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Re: Hikikomori

Postby Tsunami3k » Sun Feb 23, 2014 11:49 pm

Holy necrothreads Batman!
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Re: Hikikomori

Postby Kokon Tozai » Fri May 30, 2014 9:32 pm

Said Phil:

It's portrayed in a movie called, I believe, "Tokyo!"

I've got that movie on Blu-rei. It's actually a tri--story. The other two stories are entertaining & revealing of Tokyo's culture as well. Watched it maybe 4 times. Glad to watch it again with anyone else.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0976060/
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