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Hikikomori update

Review article in Nippon.com on the status of Japanese hikikomori.

URL: http://www.nippon.com/en/currents/d00332/

Filipino hermit

Brief article about a Filipino hermit Alejandro Abuan, who lived a wandering mountain existence from 1922 to 1937, seen dwelling in caves, befriended by a few people to whom he told his story. For a while he returned to work, then disappeared again.

URL: http://thegardenisland.com/lifestyles/kauai-hermit-alejandro-abuan/article_db31254c-2df7-563b-baea-2284e6060598.html

Benefits of solitude

A thoughtful Quartz article on the benefits of solitude centered on Hannah Arendt titled “Solitude is only a problem when it becomes loneliness.”

URL: https://qz.com/1026870/solitude-is-only-a-problem-when-it-becomes-loneliness/

A woman chooses solitude

In this Guardian profile aptly titled “‘Truly, madly, deeply alone’ – embracing solitude,” a British woman (Max Riddington) reflects on her choice to pursue solitude.

URL: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/may/13/solitude-moving-new-home-loneliness

New hermit for Saalfelden

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A Belgian man, Stan Vanuytrech, has been selected the next resident hermit at the Saalfelden hermitage in the Austrian Alps, continuing a 350-year tradition. The town mayor indicated that Vanuytrech “radiates calm and comes across as well-anchored.”

URLs: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39638820; https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/19/hes-hired-belgian-lands-dream-job-as-hermit-for-austrian-cliffside-retreat