Through the simple act of being himself, this bold Tokyoite made the nondescript little underpass, and indeed the day, way more interesting than it would have been without him.
Hideaki Kobayashi, or GrowHair as he is also known, has become a celebrity of sorts due to his love of wearing sailor suit schoolgirl uniforms. A man whose courage to hit the streets on his terms has to be applauded. Plaudits too for the city around him. There’s no judgement. No mean-spirited comments. Just enjoyment at the spectacle of a middle-aged man living life in a manner that suits him, not society.
Having seen photos of him online numerous times, I’d often thought it’d be interesting to get a picture of him doing something more pedestrian than his usual pose. And as luck would have it, the first and only time I’ve ever seen him he was doing just that. Inadvertently creating a scene that’s boringly ordinary, and also wonderfully out of the ordinary.
Tokyo has a wonderful knack of conjuring up surprises, but that said, it’s probably fair to say that bumping into this friendly fella in his tight-fitting schoolgirl gym shorts was still a tad unexpected to say the least.