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Interview with Etoundi: A Hikikomori in Africa, Cameroon Round 2 "Share 'n Survive, That's the African Spirit"

Africa is not a hard society in terms of human relationship and poverty than you think. Even if you can’t support yourself financially, our culture doesn't allow you to be hungry. Your family and relatives would always bring you something …

Interview with Hikikomori in Cameroon, Africa: Etoundi's Story Round 1; "I thought I was Alone in the Situation, bro?"

"Hikikomori is found only in highly developed countries" Some specialist of hikikomori declare, but here is a testimony to turn it over. A hikikomori in Cameroon, Africa, talks about his philosophy that he reached after his hikikomori year…

Fighting Phone Phobia In Full Force : My 12-Steps Coping Method

Why hasn't humanity eradicated the use of phones, since emails are now a widespread thing? Telephone is something you have to fight with all your mental power. Here are some very personal ways of coping with phone calls, from my real life …

Are Hikikomori Really Increasing in Japan Recently? ー Getting Back to the Origin of the Problem ー

"What do you think is the reason hikikomori has been increasing in Japan recently?" That's the question I am often asked. Wait a minute. That's a tricky question. Then I always ask back to them to find out how much they know about hikikomo…

I Want To Take A Bath But I Psychically Can't

The "normies" wouldn't understand the feeling "I want to take a bath but can't". The bathtub looks to be such a high hurdle for some people. You'll see it here...

How Different? Relations among Hikikomori, Parents, & Society in Japan and Europe : Interview with First Italian Psychiatrist in Japan, Fran Pantò Round 3

If you draw a triangle connecting a tojisha of hikikomori, parent and society, the shape will be different in Japan and Europe. So is the relation between individuals and society. For, Japanese has the word such as "seken-sama"...

The Business of “Hikikomori”

Do hikikomori ever get bored of spending years alone? To this naive question, KIKUI Yashin clearly answers: “No”. And here's the true reason why he says “hikikomori don't know rest”. A tojisha note, in his characteristic wording, brought t…

"Living in a Different Culture Gives Me Many Eyes"; Interview with First Italian Psychiatrist in Japan, Fran Pantò Round 2

My life may be economically more stable if I become a psychiatrist in Italy, but that is not the point. The reason I chose this difficult path is that I wanted to be fully immersed in the culture that gave me the power to live on and saved…

I Don't Want to Get Involved with Anyone

A fresh feeling that a Japanese ingenious and unspoilt hikikomori girl has. It must be including something common, not only in Japan but to many hikikomori girls all around the world. It may not be "culture" any longer. Here is one shape o…

The Impossibility For Tojisha To Speak Out:An "Impossible Thing" We Are Yet Doing

We are sending you these articles as tojisha of hikikomori. But for what purpose are we speaking out? What can be done by it, and what cannot? Let's go back to the basics and think.

The First Italian Psychiatrist in Japan is Born? Interview with Francesco Pantò Round 1

A psychiatrist who is not native in the Japanese language but specializing in hikikomori in Japan is about to be born. Francesco Pantò, from Sicily, Italy, commonly known as Fran. This is the new series to tell what he is, with beautiful p…

Expanding the Notion of "Hikikomori" - Reflecting on a Time When Everybody Becomes a Hikikomori : Part 2

If the notion of "hikikomori" expands, will not everybody be called "hikikomori" in the end? Why dare to choose the identity of "hikikomori"? Was the word "hikikomori" unnecessary? Let's put all those problems in order.

Expanding the Notion of "Hikikomori" - Reflecting on a Time When Everybody Becomes a Hikikomori : Part 1

The notion of "hikikomori" we use today was created over twenty years ago, but it was only the image of "a dark and dangerous young man who never leaves his room". Many media have been contributing later to reproduce that distorted image o…

Interview with the Hikikomori in Bangladesh: Ippo Makunouchi, "I am not the only one hikikomori in my country"

Is it true to say a hikikomori is the product of economic surplus and found only in developed countries? Are hikikomoris just lazy because they have nothing to have to do to survive? Let's listen to a voice of hikikomori in Bangladesh, one…

Interview with the Filipino Hikikomori ; CJ, Round 2, "Is Hikikomori A Product of Economic Development?"

I imagine other hikikomoris exist in other developing countries, but maybe they just don't go to social media to express themselves. So we are supposed to be not existing.

Interview with the Filipino Hikikomori ; CJ, Round 1, "The Life of 'Welcome to NHK' Doesn't Look Terrible"

My family is not rich. Our house is pretty small. It is so difficult to live as a hikikomori in this kind of situation, because you hear all the people's gossiping about you, just around you....

Interview with the Argentinian Hikikomori, Marco Antonio : Round 3, "What Hikikomori Can Expect from the Government"

How does the hikikomori of a country that is not rich in economics think about support by the government? And what are his concerns about the future?

The Encounter by a French Journalist with Japanese Hikikomoris

How a Western journalist looked at the nowadays "active" hikikomori? Written by a correspondant from France24; Constantin Simon. The encounter of different cultures.

Interview with the Argentinian Hikikomori, Marco Antonio : Round 2, "Even Without Knowing the Word 'Hikikomori'..."

The same thing is happening at school anywhere in this world. I always watch it in the news. A teacher in a position to stop bullying does nothing or cannot...

Hikikomori's Way Of Being: What Taiwanese Film Maker, Lu Te-Hsing Finds in Hikikomori : Round 5

If you are a hikikomori today, is that the best way for you to be? From the experience of reclusing himself for 30 years, Japanese hikikomori Vosot Ikeida talks with Taiwanese filmmaker Lu Te-Hsing.

Interview with the Argentinian Hikikomori, Marco Antonio : Round 1, "Thousands of Hikikomori would be in Spanish Speaking Countries"

The people at the outside are arrogant. They consider themselves to be the best at everything without any actual proof. In such a country, if you fail at something, you will be despised as a loser forever. They will keep on saying horrible…

Technology vs Hikikomori : What Taiwanese Film Maker, Lu Te-Hsing Finds In Hikikomori : Round 4

From virtual reality to universal basic income, is technology a new exit or poison for hikikomori? Speculating the near future, Taiwanese filmmaker talks about the influence of technology with Japanese hikikomori Vosot Ikeida.

The Odyssey of a Hikikomori, Round 4 : Can't Make a Call for Hotel Reservation - Looking for a Place to Die

After graduation of university, I won't have any social status. It means I must not live in this society. I have to die. If you try suicide, never fail. What is the perfect method? ...Then I found a manual which told "Reserve the expensive…

The Stereotype of Hikikomori? What Taiwanese Film Maker, Lu Te-Hsing Finds in Hikikomori Round 3

Are hikikomoris all lazy, not working, and playing games all day long? Seeing through the lens of social stigma, Taiwanese filmmaker talks about the stereotype of hikikomori with Japanese hikikomori Vosot Ikeida.

My Father Didn’t Dream of Hikikomori:American Ex-Hikikomori, Sean C's Story

If you asked my dad today, ‘Is your son a hikikomori?’, he would certainly say no. Superficially speaking, he would be correct. I have technically ‘escaped’ the condition because I managed to go back to school and I do ‘participate’ in soc…

The Odyssey of a Hikikomori, Round 3 : "In the Bubble Economy" - Chased and Pressed by Economic Boom

In 1985, when I started to be a hikikomori at 23 years old, Japan was about to begin to climb up the stairs for the Bubble Boom. But I have no memory that I benefited anything from this energetic era...

Equalization of Hikikomori : What Taiwanese Film-maker Lu Te-Hsing Finds in Hikikomori, Round 2

As some groups of the minority have been on the path of fighting discrimination and equal rights in the United States, will hikikomori eventually acquire an equal position socially with "ordinary people"? From the perspective of an Asian l…

Parents, Family. What They Do with Hikikomori in France? : Interview With French Hikikomori, Guido. Round 5

January 2018 in Japan, a father strangled his 25-year-old son to death. "I was worried about his future". What is hidden behind a relationship between hikikomori and parents? Comparison with the cases in France and Japan.

The Odyssey of a Hikikomori, Round 2 : "The Japanese Hikikomori in 1980's" - Not Allowed to Live on with Doing Nothing?

This is how my hikikomori life started. Got a job. Unofficial contract with a good company. Looked like a smooth start of hopeful life. But my body became unable to move and ....

Last Choice : What Taiwanese Film Maker, Lu Te-Hsing Finds In Hikikomori Round 1

Taiwanese film maker Lu Te-Hsing read an article about hikikomori and got impressed deeply. He came over to Japan and talked with Vosot Ikeida to discuss what a hikikomori is.