Sunday, October 19, 2008


[8th century Five-Storied Pagoda. The five levels represent the five elements: earth, air, fire, water, and heaven. Image Source ArtLex.]

Hikikomori ひきこもり or 引き籠もり [literally means "pulling away, being confined", i.e. "acute social withdrawal"] is a Japanese term to refer to the increasing modern phenomenon of reclusive individuals who have chosen to withdraw from social life, often seeking extreme degrees of isolation and confinement. More here.