Japan: Possibly Even Weirder Than You Thought
Maid Cafes. Tired of waitresses that act like actual human beings? These "Maid Cafes" sound like one part aweomse, three parts goddamn creepy:
TOKYO (Reuters) - "Welcome home, Master," says the maid as she bows deeply, hands clasped in front of a starched pinafore worn over a short pink dress.Those of you with reading comprehension skills have surely noted these these kinds of cafes only seem to be popular in Tokyo's Akihabara district. This isn't some Japan-wide craze.
Japanese Shut-In Phenomenon. Here's a far more in-depth and heartbreaking article about the growing trend of young Japanese males becoming shut-ins, or hikikomori.
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."A long and fascinating read. Thanks to OB's eppythatcher for that link.
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