Police in Tokyo’s Suginami Ward have arrested a 23-year-old unemployed man after he threw sauce onto the kimono of a young woman who was preparing for her Coming-of-Age Day ceremony on Monday.
According to police, the incident occurred near JR Ogikubo Station at around 7:35 a.m. Monday. Police said the suspect, Taku Saito, who lives in Warabi, Saitama Prefecture, has admitted to the charge and quoted him as saying he was stressed out about his future and wanted to "escape from it all," Fuji TV reported.
Police said Saito walked up behind the 19-year-old woman, who had just come out of a beauty salon, and was wearing a furisode, sash and tabi. He said to her “That’s a pretty kimono,” and then walked away.
The woman returned home and her mother noticed the sauce on the back of her kimono and notified police. Saito was found lurking near Ogikubo Station at around 9 a.m., carrying a bottle of sauce with him.
The young woman was able to find another kimono and make it to her Coming-of-Age ceremony in time.
Police said there were three other reports of women having sauce splashed on their kimonos on Monday morning and are questioning Saito about his involvement in those incidents.© Japan Today