Hayashi Kyoko started becoming a social recluse when her high school principal started talking about university entrance exams on the first day of school. This feeling manifested itself in physical symptoms, and I stopped going to school. And as she grew older she started working a part-time job and, facing pressure from her mother, Kyoko said she "hit her limit" and could no longer face leaving the house or meeting people. Kyoko wasn't alone. She had become one of half a million "hikikomori," a Japanese term referring to people who avoid shut themselves at home and avoid social contact. The term refers to both the person and the condition. Her lowest point was in her mid-twenties, she said: "I spent all my waking hours criticising myself All I did was get up afternoon, eat, excrete, and breathe.
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Otokonoko may be of any sexual orientation , sexual identity or gender identity. The term originated in Japanese manga  and Internet culture in the s, but the concept reflects a broad range of earlier traditions and examples of male drag-wearing in Japan, such as onnagata in kabuki theater, and in the career of cross-dressing entertainer Akihiro Miwa. By extension, otokonoko is also a genre of media and fiction about cross-dressing men, aimed at a male audience. Otokonoko characters have also begun to appear in mainstream Japanese popular entertainment such as manga , anime and video games. The comedian Yakkun Sakurazuka cross-dressing as a schoolgirl. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Japanese men who cross-dress as women. This article may be expanded with text translated from the corresponding article in Japanese. March Click [show] for important translation instructions. View a machine-translated version of the Japanese article.