Written by Jacopo & Alessio
Moon and flowers
Hello everyone, we are two Italian guys who have had a rather long social retreat experience and that marked us deeply taking our minds in places where space and time assumed different dimensions. From the experience we have learned important lessons and we are rediscovering the value of friendship and others. Isolation is not life and we feel within us that being forced to make this choice, as people rejected or forgotten by society, is deeply unfair; in fact, the individual is subjected to great suffering.
penetrates in the rock
a song of cicadas
Shizuka sa ya
iwa ni shimi iru
semi no koe
By choosing not to go out and therefore not to open ourselves to others, in dialogue, in relationships, we have turned more and more attention within ourselves, initiating a path of deep reflection on why this choice is made. Obviously each with his own thoughts and conclusions as the result of different experiences . This led us to express concretely to speak to "ourselves" first . We have therefore discovered a powerful tool such as poetry, beauty in sharing one's writings and reviewing one's emotions in other people's eyes and reactions.
Our friendship, as more and more often happens, took place online and thanks to the network we started a deep and constructive exchange of ideas. The network once again has proven, if used responsibly, it can be an excellent generator of opportunities . We would like to "donate" it to more people who still live or who have lived "being on the sidelines" [hikikomori]. Then give boys and girls the opportunity to build human relationships, through a project . This project would be like someone taking care of a plant which needs attention. Looking at the bigger picture , consider this project were a large forest, where everyone can plant their own tree which is unique and without which the forest itself could not exist. So going beyond the dualism beautiful / ugly, interesting / not interesting, useful / useless, beyond judgment and competition, but following the vision that an extra tree, whatever it is, enlarges the forest, makes it more beautiful and every word or design is a source of oxygen for everyone.
We rely on your sincere and spontaneous desire to share with us all your poems, your writings, photographs and drawings that speak of yourself in relation to the hikikomori experience and is also addressed to those who have sensitively related to withdrawn people, their own family, relatives. The meaning that we give to this publication and it is also the sense that pushed us to give life to this project, is to consider the text, the written word (as well as drawing and photography) that can be spread everywhere, a safe space where you can keep fragments of the life and feelings of each of you and us.
One of our choices that we deeply believe in is the gratuitousness that pushes us to give birth to this project and therefore to function this project as non-profit so as to give young people the opportunity to share their work and get to know each other.
push the light
to the sky
Our proposal is to distribute the proceeds to associations that deal with environmental sustainability through tree planting, and to others that deal with social withdrawal; also to act as a point of contact with those families that could reflect themselves in the phenomenon by promoting the sharing and mutual exchange of emotions, feelings, opinions.
This idea is still in an embryonic phase and it will take time to complete it, but we are confident that in the future it will develop its full potential by knowing new people who can bring new ideas and stimuli to the project. He sees the light with the hope that the will to confront us with our fears, including our insecurity, will grow in all of us. If you are interested in the project and want to contribute or help us (even with advice) you can contact us on Facebook or on our email.
Best regards, Jacopo and Alessio.
Special thanks to Himanshi and Saurabh