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Little Pockets of the World

Editoral Design

October 2020


Within my studies of how the ideas of shame and space correlate, I came across Hikikomori, a term coined by the Japanese as a extremely socially recluse individual, abnormally avoidance of social contact. They hide away from society, withdrawn to only the space of their rooms and make little to no contact with the physical world from inside those personal spaces. It was the description for an alarming percentage of the Japanese population that are not only ignored, but demonized. In this editorial entitled, "Little Pockets of the World," my goal was bring attention to this demographic and capture a glimpse into their lives. Rather than see these people as simple recluses, I aim to present these Hikikomori as a broken community that need empathy rather than shame.

This editorial is split into two parts; the first half slowly reveals page by page images of Hikikomori and the spaces they confide in. The articles that are placed in the first half aim to bring these individuals out of their singularity and reveal them from a wider perspective that focuses on how the Japanese work culture has affected the availability of jobs and the toll this culture has on the mental health of its citizens. The second half then hides the images of the hikikomori one by one and is accompanied by articles that empathize with the mental health of hikikomori. I present articles that study the reasons why they choose to recluse themselves and if there is hope for them to return to society.

8.5 x 11"

24 pages

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