The cyber cafes in Japan have the obligatory screen and computer. But in little private four-square-meter rooms, customers also have the option to shower, eat snacks, watch DVDs, and relax.
It’s a world of its own, and for many, it’s also where they call home.
Sound leaks through the thin walls that don’t even reach the ceiling. But it is also a safe refuge, a personal space in a city that chugs along, never sleeping.
They may be seeking a distraction from their problems, or trying to figure out their next move in life. But amid the four walls, without judgement and incurring expensive debt, they are free to be.
It’s not a long-term answer, but it’s enough for now.