‘Hikikomori’ Illustration by Angela Zafiris
After watching a documentary about the Hikikomori in Japan I was inspired to write this post and make a little illustration.
The word ‘Hikikomori’ is a Japanese for a reclusive person or a ‘modern -day hermit’. Usually young people who don’t leave their rooms for up to 6 months or even years. Although there are many people who are reclusive in most countries, it seems to be a big public health issue in Japan, as over half a million Japanese youth are said to be Hikikomori. Social pressure, shyness and depression are all contributing factors to the problem.
Η λέξη «Hikikomori» είναι μια Ιαπωνική λέξη που σημαίνει ένα απομονωμένο άτομο ή ένας «σύγχρονος ερημίτης». Hikikomori είναι συνήθως νέοι που δεν εγκαταλείπουν τα δωμάτιά τους για 6 μήνες ή και χρόνια. Αν και υπάρχουν πολλοί άνθρωποι που είναι απομονωμένοι στις περισσότερες χώρες, φαίνεται να είναι ένα μεγάλο ζήτημα δημόσιας υγείας στην Ιαπωνία, καθώς πάνω από μισό εκατομμύριο Ιάπωνες θεωρούνταιι ότι είναι Hikikomori. Η κοινωνική πίεση, η συστολή και η κατάθλιψη αποτελούν όλους τους παράγοντες που συμβάλλουν το πρόβλημα.
Illustration by Angela Zafiris
“The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom.” Isaac Asimov
A carefree woman walking to her doom. Illustration by Angela Zafiris
“In our day and age, global society has been saturated with the wrong teaching of false positivity. The denial of darkness never equates the abundance of light. And the denial of your actual character never equates to the reality of your best character. People today are afraid to work on themselves and on their actual realities, they believe that outward appearances are enough. Outward appearances have become everything in our current day and age. People don’t see what they are actually like, nor who they actually are, in reality. They live in a phantasmic version of reality. It has to stop. In the phantasmic version of reality, there is no chance to experience true love, true goodness, and true metamorphosis. The caterpillar does not become a butterfly by telling everybody it has wings. It actually buries itself in darkness and grows those wings.”
‘Too much Talking’ Illustration by Angela Zafiris
Now it’s time for a little rant…
I was on You Tube and I came across numerous talking heads with channels. I listened and listened to what they have to say about people, life and the universe.. blah blah blah. I disagreed with a few things that they had to say. They seemed so out of touch. I realized it was just useless banter from people of privileged positions. They are all so sanctimonious with their ‘crowns’ and with a talent at bringing people down because its profitable. Some have a PhD in whatever field and some are intuitive/spiritual and others who have the gift of gab aka blabber mouths. There is a laundry list of things you HAVE to do before a certain age (God forbid you don’t want to do those things) or you do, but haven’t achieved these things yet, and perhaps you never will. That’s life!
What is right for them might not work for you. What they wanted out of life might not necessarily want what you want out of life.
So be your own life coach. Follow your own path. If life is too short then don’t listen to the dribble. We will all end up six feet under anyways no matter what road or piece of advice we take.
Now, I hope that wasn’t too much talking for you. Just a healthy dose of the truth.
Illustration with paper ‘Survival’ by Angela Zafiris
A woman surfaces from the dark waves and reflects a lightning bolt that is about to strike her.
This life only has meaning when we give it meaning. Some say it’s wonderful. Others call it a journey. But, we can’t ignore the basic fact that life was, is and will always be about survival.
Μια γυναίκα ξαναεμφανίζεται από τα σκοτεινά κύματα και αντικατοπτρίζει μια αστραπή που πρόκειται να την χτυπήσει.
Αυτή η Ζωή έχει νόημα μόνο όταν τις δίνουμε νόημα. Κάποιοι λένε ότι είναι υπέροχη. Μερικοί τη αποκαλούν ταξίδι. Αλλά, δεν μπορούμε να αγνοήσουμε το βασικό γεγονός ότι η ζωή ήταν, είναι και θα είναι πάντα θέμα επιβίωσης.
Just a rough last-minute sketch in honour of Canada day. I think that the illustration would have been more accurate if I had drawn a box of Kraft Dinner, a Tim Horton’s coffee cup and a Harvey’s Burger 😉
Day Quote Challenge Day 3
I was nominated by Manuela to participate in the 3 day quote challenge.
Thank you to https://inaloveworld.wordpress.com/ for nominating me for this challenge.
“Creativity Takes Courage”-Henri Matisse
One of my favourite quotes because it is one thing to have an idea or image in your head and another to actually go about bringing it to form. There is a lot of doubt and uncertainty. You will make mistakes. The result won’t be like you expected, but it is worth a try.
My nominees are: https://sandsoftime10blog.wordpress.com/
Don’t smother your lover this Valentine’s day!
Μην πνίγετε τον/την σύντροφο/ισσα σας την ημέρα του Αγίου Βαλεντίνου!
Do couples still celebrate Valentine’s day or are they too busy fighting??
Τα ζευγάρια γιορτάζουν ακόμα την ημέρα του Αγίου Βαλεντίνου ή απλά περνάμε την
“She’s Stuck” illustation by Angela Zafiris
I”ll probably go back to this and see what else I can do. For now it’s good enough.