Sprit of Japan

A step away from being a shut-in.

© テレビ朝日/企画:民間放送教育協会

Aodori is a community café located in a shopping arcade. Most of the customers and staff who gather here are former or current social withdrawal survivors and their families. Visitors enjoy casual conversation in a relaxed atmosphere. Mr. Ichikawa manages the facility. He started his support activities for those who have withdrawn from society for a certain reason.Until last November, the 22-year-old Oishi, who attends "Aodori," had been living a life of almost not going outside. He says that this place, where he can connect with people, is "a place where he feels comfortable and at home. Oishi, who is trying to take a step forward despite his hesitation, and Ichikawa, who is watching over him. We look at the emotional exchange between these two people who met at a small café.

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