Digital Culture –| 2008

electronic art, technology and culture

Hikikomori, NEET

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We talked about “Hikikomori” or “NEET” who have chosen to withdraw from social life. It is one of the biggest social problems in Japan now.
NEET stands for “Not currently engaged in Employment, Education or Training”. Also, some of them are known as Net cafe refugees (Japanese Internet Cafe Homeless)  who have no fixed job and no fixed address, therefore they spend nights at Internet cafes.

You’ll be surprised if you go to the Internet cafe in Japan. They usually provide a small room to use a computer. I think the size of the room is almost same as a single bed (you can see the picture below). Most the internet cafes offrer to read manga (Japanese magazinesand comics), video games, television, meal, free-soft drinks. Some places also have shower room for customers.


Here is a video about internet cafe in Japan.

Written by hideyukidesign

September 11, 2008 at 11:42 am

5 Responses

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  1. I love Kissaten, although I havent been to one before, lol.



    September 14, 2008 at 8:06 am

  2. Wow this is amazing, the booths are scarily somewhat similar to what can be found “apparantly” in sex venues. So I was told in when travelling in Amsterdam.


    September 15, 2008 at 4:26 pm

  3. Umm.. Seeing that you can surround yourself in the booth with erotic comics, games, or animated porn – not counting what’s on the internet – I don’t think you’re totally off the mark here.


    September 16, 2008 at 1:25 am

  4. Yea… it is very similar with the one in Amsterdam Red District… I’m wondering is all internet cafes in japan look like this, or it is just one of those “special” internet cafes? If we convert the rate, it is not cheap at all and what is definitely their intention to use such places.

    Japan is highly-wired (with internet) country, and I believe they don’t have any difficulties to get connected to the internet… If they are trying to be anonymous and unnoticed, it is weird as well, all people know these places…


    September 16, 2008 at 3:28 am

  5. Thanks for many comments.
    This type of the internet cafe is very common in Japan. You don’t need to show any ID to use the internet cafe.
    They use dim lighting and usually very quiet inside. Of course security cameras are placed on ceiling. If there is only desk and chair with desktop computer like a library, nobody go there.
    Most of them are opening 24hours/7days. They charge about A$4 per hour. but if you use the booth much longer they gives you discount price (e.g $10 for 3 hours).
    Also you can see soft drink vending machines in youtube movie, they are all free!!


    September 16, 2008 at 5:29 am

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