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Hikikomori (引きこもり – Social Withdrawal)

  • Hikikomori


    People who withdraw into their homes or rooms and rarely go outside are called hikikomori (引きこもり) in Japanese.

    The term hikikomori is derived from hiki (引き – meaning “withdrawal”) and komori (こもり – meaning “seclusion”).
    「引きこもり」は “withdrawal” を意味する「引き」と、”seclusion” を意味する「こもり」から成る言葉です。

    Japan has a large number of hikikomori, and according to a 2023 survey by the Cabinet Office, it is estimated that about 1.46 million people aged 15-64 (approximately 2% of the population) are in a state of a long-term hikikomori.

    I am often in a state of a short-term hikikomori on my days off.

    Lately, even in a video game (The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom), I have been withdrawing into the underground and avoiding coming out. In a way, I am a hikikomori in a double sense.
    最近はゲーム(ゼルダの伝説 ティアーズ オブ ザ キングダム)の中でも地底から外に出ようとせず、二重の意味で引きこもっています。

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