A Camp for Japan’s Social Recluses

At a retreat deep in the hills, hikikomori come together to cook, farm and, after years of isolation, gingerly step back into the world.

Hiroki Chujo, 24, a hikikomori for two years

Tim Hornyak is a Canadian writer based in Tokyo, Japan, who has worked in journalism for more than 25 years. He has written extensively about travel, food, technology, science, culture and business in Japan, as well as Japanese inventors, roboticists and Nobel Prize-winning scientists. Tim’s writing has appeared in media including The New York Times, Nature, Science, Scientific American, CNBC, CNET, The Japan Times and IDG News. He is the author of Loving the Machine: The Art and Science of Japanese Robots and has contributed to several Lonely Planet travel guidebooks. He has lived in Tokyo for 20 years.

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