Javier Jaén Studio
The New Yorker
Letter from Tokyo. Japan’s Rent-a-Family Industry. People who are short on relatives can hire a husband, a mother, a grandson. The resulting relationships can be more real than you’d expect. The head of one rental-relative company described the service as “human affection expressed through the form of the family.” Text by Elif Batuman. Art Direction by Deanna Donegan.