They don't fully understand what it is they've found, thinking that they'll be able to find something just as good — if not better — on the other side of the fence. Not because someone is screwing them over, but because they're screwing themselves over. So imagine cheating on the woman you love, only to realize that you'll never move on, and you'll never again have her. I blame the fact that we have it much easier than women. And because of this, we never have to learn to fight the way women do.
, when he arrives home early from a trip only to find his girlfriend cheating on him.
“The Vanished: The Evaporated People of Japan in Stories and Photographs” (Skyhorse) is the first known, in-depth reportage of this phenomenon. But people can disappear because there’s another society underneath Japan’s society.
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to cheat, but I don't understand why they actually follow through. And the best option — not to cheat — is always on the table. Even people who generally believe cheating is wrong will come up with ways to justify their actions.
As a newlywed in the 1980s, a Japanese martial arts master named Ichiro expected only good things. So they did what hundreds of thousands of Japanese have done in similar circumstances: They sold their house, packed up their family, and disappeared. I never envisioned running away to be an end in itself . Fleeing is a fast track toward death.” Of the many oddities that are culturally specific to Japan — from cat cafés to graveyard eviction notices to the infamous Suicide Forest, where an estimated 100 people per year take their own lives — perhaps none is as little known, and curious, as “the evaporated people.” Since the mid-1990s, it’s estimated that at least 100,000 Japanese men and women vanish annually.
He and his wife, Tomoko, lived among the cherry blossoms in Saitama, a prosperous city just outside of Tokyo. They owned their house, and took out a loan to open a dumpling restaurant. They are the architects of their own disappearances, banishing themselves over indignities large and small: divorce, debt, job loss, failing an exam.