“The Courage to be Disliked” has been a Japanese’s bestselling self-help book for the past few years.
It is a big deal as this probably is the last group of people on earth voicing their desire to be "different" and to be totally OK about it. It is a long time coming.
Born and raised in Japan, I have the first-hand experience in failing miserably at being a “girl next door.” I have been (and still am) more like Wednesday (Christina Ricci) from The Addams Family or Lydia (Winona Ryder) from Beatlejuice. Not the most approachable in the eyes of a well-behaved collective.