Cubicle Shelter: Public Space for Private Use? | Kilina | Visual Ethnography

Cubicle Shelter: Public Space for Private Use?

Elena Kilina


This paper explores the intersection of new urban spaces and new modalities of "homelessness" in Japanese cities. We argue that the recent social phenomenon of "net café refugees" (netto kafe nanmin � people who substitute "manga cafes" for their domestic residence) is conditioned by new forms of leisure, information technology, social manners, and the long-term contraction of the Japanese domestic economy. This study investigates the co-evolution of the "hidden homeless" and Tokyo Internet and comic book spaces called "manga cafés". Why are more Japanese people "living" in manga net café's? What can this tell us about changes in the Japanese urban fabric and social landscape?This work will try to investigate assumptions about distinction between public and private, what the role of "hidden homeless" in the process of changes of public space for private use and the dynamic of changes certain space under social changes.


manga café; public space; private space; internet; Tokyo; temporary homeless; nanmin

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ISSN Print 2499-9288
ISSN Online 2281-1605
Publisher Edizioni Museo Pasqualino
Patronage University of Basilicata, Italy
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Periodico registrato presso il Tribunale di Palermo con numero di registrazione 1/2023