Now there’s a real super hero in Tokyo subway

There are super heros for real.

In Tokyo Subway for example. The man wearing a green Power Ranger’s costume is Tadahiro Kanemasu, a grocer that spends some hours per day to help people carry luggage.

“Japanese people find it hard to accept help, they feel obligated to the other person, so the mask really helps me out,” said Tadahiro Kanemasu.

Tadahiro Kanemasu | Tokyo subway super hero

Tadahiro Kanemasu | Tokyo subway super hero

Elderly, mothers with children and people with heavy luggage can find it very tiresome to get around in Tokyo subway, especially in areas that lacks elevators and escalators. This is where Kanemasu’s heroic efforts gets appreciated. Well, at least now. He had a rocky start.

“When I first began, people basically said ‘Get away from me, you weirdo’,” he said. “Now they still think I’m weird but in a good way.”

Tadahiro Kanemasu | Tokyo subway super hero

Tadahiro Kanemasu | Tokyo subway super hero

Kanemasu is 27 years old and has been doing this the last three months. His co-worker at the grocery store, Hayato Ito, says that kindness always has been one of Kanemasu’s most valuable traits.

Since Kanemasu already has a day job and can’t help out in the subway as much as he would like to, he’s thinking of expanding his superhero venture and recruit more good Samaritans to join him.

Tadahiro Kanemasu | Tokyo subway super hero

Tadahiro Kanemasu | Tokyo subway super hero

Quite inspiring, isn’t it? I wonder what people would think if a person like this showed up at Stockholm subway. I’m afraid they probably would suspect him to be a thief or similar. :-/

2 replies »

  1. I love this. Its a super sweet thing to do for people.

    However if i tried anything like this when i was still living in Tucson i probably would have been shot.

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