Carrying around an umbrella can be a nuisance at times. But when it is needed who hasn’t held one and wondered if it could be used as an impromptu Jackie-Chan-style weapon should the need arise?
Luckily, such a need rarely does arise so most of us will never know. But for one man in Hachinohe City, Aomori Prefecture, an umbrella was the only thing preventing him from serious injury or even death.
At about 2:50 p.m. on January 12, the 58-year-old office worker was walking along a street near his home. Then, a man holding a sickle with a 16-centimeter (six-inch) blade attacked him out of the blue.
It was truly a nightmare situation, but the victim’s quick thinking and reflexes saved the day as he managed to use his umbrella to deflect the attack. In total, the assailant took 10 swings at the man with the tool but each one was deftly blocked by the umbrella and the victim managed to emerge unharmed.
Police arrived on the scene and arrested the 65-year-old attacker who admitted to the charges against him. The two men had no prior relationship and police are currently looking into what motivated him to carry out the attack.
Meanwhile, readers of the news we full of nothing but admiration for the victim who showed that an umbrella really could be used as a defensive weapon.
“He didn’t even get hit once?! He’s a master.”
“This is totally like in Siren.”
“You have to be some kind of martial arts master to escape a sickle attack unharmed with an umbrella.”
“He won by only blocking too. He’s probably really good at Sekiro.”
“Life is becoming an open-world action game.”
“He’s a Kingsman!”
“If he had a clear vinyl umbrella he could have made a beam shield.”
“The samurai spirit is strong in him.”
Source: ATV News, Hachima Kiko
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Next time, they could fend off the attacker by throwing a few of Aomori’s famous apples at the aggressor’s head. It might hurt, but they’d be apple (able) to take them home, make an apple pie, and reflect on their bad behaviour.
Thank goodness the 58 year old office worker is okay. I hope no one ever has to go through such traumatic event again.
It is a complete shock that this kind of thing could ever occur in Japan because it is understood that Japan along with Taiwan is one of the safest countries in the world. Further, it is also understood by Japan standards Aomori is one of the safest prefectures. This is an absolute shock because it is not like Japan is a third world country like countries in the Middle East, Africa, the Caribbean, etc. Japan is a vibrant country and this kind of thing is unheard of in Japan let alone Aomori.
I have my walking stick.
Rather flippant reporting of a potentially horrific attack.
What kind of a nut owns a sickle, let alone walks around with one trying to hack people?
there’s gotta be cctv or social media video on this encounter, someone needs to post it.
The Penguin salutes you.
Sickle attack is preferable than gun attack
Can't block that with an umbrella