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Modern Seppuku

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A suicide technique that mixes household chemicals to produce a deadly hydrogen sulfide gas became a grisly fad in Japan last year. Now it’s slowly seeping into the United States over the internet, according to emergency workers, who are alarmed at the potential for innocent causalities.

At least 500 Japanese men, women and children took their lives in the first half of 2008 by following instructions posted on Japanese websites, which describe how to mix bath sulfur with toilet bowl cleaner to create a poisonous gas. One site includes an application to calculate the correct portions of each ingredient based on room volume, along with a PDF download of a ready-made warning sign to alert neighbors and emergency workers to the deadly hazard.

The rest HERE

Well, it seems that the Hikiko Mori, Lost Decade, and a general depression in Japan has given those who wish to commit suicide a new method. Now it seems to have made it to the US also. Of course as our country and global economy melts like a thermonuclear Chernobyl, expect to see more of this I think…

Last month we shed 700K jobs…

Layoffs are still coming…

yay.

Written by Krypt3ia

2009/03/13 at 23:20

Suicide Club: Just Whack.. But I think I am understanding the Japanese youth mind more…

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Little kids, chicks, half naked teen girls, and a wood planer! Only the Japanese could come up with this!

Little kids, chicks, half naked teen girls, and a wood planer! Only the Japanese could come up with this!

So I decided to look up “Suicide Club” on You tube today and what do you know, it was up there in ten minute chunks to watch. After the film was all said and done (with some missing time as I think the content was too “out there”) I found myself rather intrigued, confused, and grossed out, but in a silly bad horror way.

Plot Line:

54 Japanese “Hyper super cute” school girls (ya know the kind you see in anime and manga) clasp hands together in a line at Shinjuku station and leap in front of an oncoming train.. *SPLAT* Heads and limbs everywhere. Soon after kids start to off themselves in various greusome ways and the cops have no idea what the hell is going on, except they hear the term “Suicide Club”

Interspersed with this are images of another “super cute” group of pre teen “backstreet girls” who sing a song about.. Well, emailing them? I guess. Anyway, they seem to be involved somehow subliminally.. Long story short, an Otaku hacker girl kinda figures things out, mayhem ensues, and, well more suicides… Need I say more?

Whoa… If it were bloodier I would have to be wearing a plastic garbage bag like at a Gallagher stand up routine! Anyway, I digress…

Mostly though, I think I started to get on the trail more of the Hikikko Mori mindset as well as perhaps the Otaku in watching this film. Sure, it was silly and really, even without the time gap, confusing trying to make out just what the hell was going on. This is especially true of the whole scene involving the “girl band” and the underground lair with the removal of skin with a wood plane. *Ick! Ouch!* Of course that belies the whole issue of the “Skin Rolls” being sent to the cops…

*ugh just had a bad salmon skin sushi roll image in my head!*

It was just kinda arbitrary and, well of course creeptastic in a sadistic sexual way that the Japanese have really mastered. Mmm yeah…

The hardest thing to wrap my head around was the whole thing where the kids have this Q&A session with the Otaku Hacker:

little kid: “Are you connected with yourself?”

little girl: “Are you severed from yourself?”

little girl 3: “Did you come to repair your connection?”

What the…? Are they really phone repair kids or what? I am kinda lost there in the scheme of things at first. Then I begin to think about my Zen teachings and think perhaps they are talking about “one-ness” Maybe? They go on about being severed or not severed after death and its there that the bread crumbs end.. One of those damn Myazaki anime birds must have ate em…

In the end I was left thinking;

“Whoa, that’s just fucked up”

I mean, no one but NO ONE does evil creepy scary kids like Japan! Add to this the whole suicide issue going on there and man I am not surprised to hear that people just take a ride out to Aoikigohara and disappear.

Oh well… You watch and decide yourselves..

Sayonara…

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2009/02/14 at 23:37

Hikikomori: Mental Illness or Lifestyle Choice?

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Hikikomori (ひきこもり or 引き籠もり Hikikomori?, lit. “pulling away, being confined”, i.e., “acute social withdrawal”)

Definition

Although there are occasions where the hikikomori may venture outdoors,[1] usually at night to buy food, the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare defines hikikomori as individuals who refuse to leave their parents’ house, and isolate themselves from society in their homes for a period exceeding six months.[2] While the degree of the phenomenon varies depending on the individual, some youths remain in isolation for years, or in rare cases, decades. Often hikikomori start out as school refusals, or tōkōkyohi (登校拒否) in Japanese.

Symptoms

While many people feel the pressures of the outside world, hikikomori react by complete social withdrawal. In some cases, they lock themselves in a room for prolonged periods, sometimes measured in years. They usually have few, if any friends.

Hikikomori often set their own sleep schedules, typically waking in the afternoon and going to bed early in the morning. Their days are characterized by long spells of sleeping, while nighttime hours are spent watching TV, drawing, playing computer games, surfing the Internet, reading, listening to music, and other non-social activities. While hikikomori favor indoor activities, most venture outdoors on occasion, though they prefer to do so at night.

Although rare, some hikikomori have become extremely wealthy. For example, starting with 1.6 million yen (apr. US$14,000) in 2000, Takashi Kotegawa (Japanese: 小手川 隆) grew his account in the JASDAQ Securities Exchange 10,000 fold over 7 years to 17 billion yen (apr. US$152 million). [6] He first gained fame in Japan after he managed to profit 2 billion yen (apr. US$20 million) in 10 minutes from a Mizuho Securities order blunder.[7]

Refusal to participate in society makes hikikomori an extreme subset of a much larger group of younger Japanese that includes parasite singles and freeters. All three groups seem to reject the current social norms in unique ways, with lifestyles considered deviant by society at large.

The withdrawal from society usually starts gradually. Affected individuals may appear unhappy, lose their friends, become insecure, shy, and talk less. Those in their teens may be bullied at school, which, atop the already high pressures of school and family, may be the final trigger for withdrawal.

I heard this term and some explanation of it this morning on Studio 360 and became somewhat intrigued by the idea of it. After some light (heh) reading in Wikipedia, I have more questions than answers about this “disorder” than I had before the reading. Is this really a product of the Japanese society? A biproduct of their tense competitive schooling and terrible economy? Or, is it just a lifestyle choice that some have made due to the nature of technology today and its pervasive ability to limit our social interaction needs in real life?

On the face of it, I feel that some of this angst like behavior that starts in the teens is just being accepted by mothers and fathers and allowed to flourish. I see today in our society that it is too easy to just live at home because mom and dad will take care of you and allow you to wallow. The net effect is that parents are too pliant and coddling their kids too much. I say kick their ass out the door and tell them to go to school!

In some cases I can also see that these folks might indeed be agoraphobic on a certain level as well as perhaps have aspbergers traits. A fixation on a specific thing like the Otaku nature that has grown in Japan really seems to mark these people as exceedingly focused to almost an autistic level to start with. Add that to their strict social order and focus on polite behavior and wham, you have a real mix for an introverted individual.

On the one hand I think its whack.. On the other I am kinda fascinated by the whole thing. I feel a string of posts coming on this and the whole suicide movement in Japan in the near future…

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2009/02/08 at 02:07

Posted in Errata, Japan, Mental Floss

Studio 360: Jukai

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Jukai

Aokigahara has been a fascination for me since I saw that Scifi episode of “Destination Truth”. Studio 360 sent a reporter there to take a trip inside and to see just what the story is concerning the history of the “Sea of Trees” Great stuff….

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2009/02/07 at 14:03

Posted in Japan, Psy