Cover of my translation of SAITŌ Tamaki’s Hikikomori: Adolescence without End
Forthcoming from University of Minnesota Press in March 2013
In March 2013, the University of Minnesota Press will be publishing my translation of a groundbreaking book on the subject of hikikomori (people who drop out of society and shut themselves away indoors, withdrawing from society for extended periods of time). Originally published by the Japanese psychologist Saitō Tamaki 斎藤環 in 1998, this book attempts to describe and define social withdrawal and provides hints for how to help bring people in withdrawal back into mainstream society. The book set off a firestorm of controversy in Japan and rapidly promoted Saitō to a position as the foremost expert on this condition. This will be the first translation into English of this book.
It’s burnt toast art. I’ll tell you how to make it. Put some bread in the toaster. Bread should be covered where you don’t want to burn with aluminum foil. The rest is to leave the job up to the toaster.