Hiroshi Nohara

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Hiroshi Nohara (野原弘司?, Nohara Hiroshi) is a Japanese traveler who lived for almost four months in Mexico City's Benito Juarez International Airport. He arrived at the airport on September 2, 2008, and left on December 29, 2008 to live in a Mexico City apartment with a woman identified as Oyuki.[1]


Nohara (born c. 1967) worked in Tokyo cleaning office buildings prior to his arrival in Mexico.[2] During his stay at the airport, he lived off food given to him by airport fast food establishments, and blankets, clothing and other miscellaneous items brought to him by curious people who visited him.[3] Later, owing to Nohara's acquired celebrity status, the fast food chains also started to give him branded shirts, caps, and mugs, with the expectation that the items would appear on the frequent nationwide television interviews.[4] Nohara learned some Spanish and apparently knew some English as well.[5] The local media did conduct an interview with him with an interpreter, yet he refused to explain his long stay at the airport, even though he did not have any documentation problems. An airport waitress suggested this was due to some relationship matter.[6]

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  1. ^ "Japanese man who lived in Mexico airport finds new home". The Mainichi Daily News. 1 January 2009. Archived from the original on 3 January 2009. 
  2. ^ Gould, Jens Erik and Adriana Lopez Caraveo (2008-11-26). "Japan Tourist Extends Layover at Mexico Airport: 85 Days So Far". Bloomberg.com. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Un Japonés vive en el Aeropuerto de México desde hace tres meses" (in Spanish). Clarin.com. 2008-11-29. 
  4. ^ "Japonés vive en terminal del aeropuerto de México" (in Spanish). "Laprensahn.com". 2008-11-29. 
  5. ^ "El turista Japonés Hiroshi Nohara, en el Aeropuerto de Ciudad de Mexico" (in Spanish). "adn.es". 2008-11-29. 
  6. ^ "Japanese acting the real Terminal in a Mexican airport" (in Chinese). "United News". 2008-12-31. 

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