"I don't like being all alone, but I want to have my own space... in the Manboo I can have it both ways." For some, the thought of a four square metre box containing nothing but a computer might seem a dystopian prospect. But for Hitomi, there's comfort is a space she can call her own. She lives, like many others like her, in the Manboo cyber-café in Tokyo. Our partners at 99.media took the time to get to know its residents.
The click of a mouse. The cough of a neighbour. The ping of the communal microwave. These snippets of sound are all that penetrate the roofless cubicles. Beyond that, one is alone. "I was running away from real life," says Masata, "and I ended up here." It may not be a permanent solution, but for those living life in these neon halls, for now, the Manboo is the only home they have.