DOX, Prague: HIKIKOMORI – an illness of contemporary society


In Japan, the term hikikomori (“pulling inward, being confined”) is used to designate young people who isolate themselves from society, in which they are incapable of functioning. It involves extreme social isolation that can last for years. The number of hikikomori in Japan is currently estimated to be 1 million. The discussion will feature Norwegian Japanologist Lars Nesser and director and choreographer Viliam Dočolomanský, who has studied the hikikomori phenomenon and is preparing a new performance based on this topic with his international theater studio Farm in the Cave.

A special installation treating the hikikomori theme was also created in the collaboration with Farm in the Cave for the Brave New World exhibition.


Lars Nesser – Norwegian Japanologist
Viliam Dočolomanský – The head of the Farm in the Cave theatre studio

Moderator: Mario Kubaš

The discussion will be in English and interpreted into Czech.

Admission: free


Supported by grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.