Saturday, January 21, 2006

Shutting Themselves In - New York Times

Strange phenomenon in Japan highlighted in the January 15th issue of New York Times Magazine

"One morning when he was 15, Takeshi shut the door to his bedroom, and for the next four years he did not come out. He didn't go to school. He didn't have a job. He didn't have friends. Month after month, he spent 23 hours a day in a room no bigger than a king-size mattress, where he ate dumplings, rice and other leftovers that his mother had cooked, watched TV game shows and listened to Radiohead and Nirvana. 'Anything,' he said, 'that was dark and sounded desperate.'"

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