Killing time while waiting for The Wandering Monk to arrive and begin the foundation project, I found something absolutely fascinating.
Johatsu. A Japanese word meaning “evaporated people.”
Not dead. Not suspiciously missing. But people who’ve chosen to disappear out of their existing identities into new, perhaps off-grid ones.
A French couple have been tracking this phenomenon for years and now have published a book: The Vanished: The “evaporated people” of Japan in Stories and Photographs.
Oddly, it turns out that in highly regulated, highly conformist, high-tech Japan, it’s actually easier to step out of an old life and assume a new identity than it is here in the Land of the Free.