Zen and the Art of Doing Nothing

In fact, doing nothing seems to be much in demand. In Tokyo, a 37-year-old man who says he rents himself out to other people “to do nothing” has received over 3,000 requests and accumulated 270,000 followers on Twitter. Initially, he had offered his “rent-a-person who does nothing” services for free, but he now charges 10,000 yen (roughly $96) per request.

One customer of his wrote: “I’m glad I was able to take a walk with someone while keeping a comfortable distance, where we didn’t have to talk but could if we wanted to.” Another reflected: “I had been slack about visiting the hospital, but I went because he came with me.”


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