A New Start of Hikikomori young Japanese men by Keiko Nagatomi
Published by Zen Foto Gallery (2011)
The young people in the photographs were formerly hikikomori. Hikikomori are young adults, often males, who turn their back on society and become reclusive. They may spend many years indoors, never venturing out; they are also often criticised in Japan, and made figures of fun. Keiko Nagatomi worked with these people, gaining their trust over many months, and was paintakingly able to take their photographs and invite them to write some brief words about their experiences. With her photographs presented in the book alongside humorous, angry and always poignant comments from her subjects, Nagatomi tries to redress the balance.