Naked man strolls up to Akihabara Station in Tokyo to buy a train ticket

By Casey Baseel, RocketNews24

Each neighborhood of Tokyo is a window to the tastes and passions of the people who frequent it, and that’s represented in the fashions you’ll see on the subdivisions of the capital’s streets. For example, in a few minutes of people-watching in trendy Daikanyama you’ll undoubtedly spot a number of young men wearing pricy loafers without socks, while Ikebukuro has a higher concentration of feminine skirts than just about anywhere else in the city.

In Akihabara, though, it’s all about backpacks. As the world’s most bustling mecca of anime and video game retailers, visiting fans know that they’re going to find things they want to buy there, and dual-strapped backpacks provide more carrying capacity than messenger bags (and are usually cheaper to boot, which means more money left over for otaku goodies).

So on last Sunday, the man in the following photos, taken outside Akihabara Station, probably didn’t attract much attention by wearing a backpack, but he certainly got people looking by wearing absolutely nothing else.

Seriously, the man’s commitment to nudity was so strong that he didn’t even bother with a pair of shoes, as he padded up to the ticket machine with no covering for his feet…or his butthole, for that matter (thank you for that bit of digital editing, by the way, @HapEator_AKeOMi).

While it’s unlikely “naked dude” is a scenario that’s covered in the Japan Railways employee handbook, the station staff and security team quickly sprang into action by surrounding the man and obscuring the view from passersby.

Many rail stations keep a stock of blankets and other disaster relief supplies on hand, in the event that service is suspended and stranded passengers have to spend the night in the building. We don’t imagine the employees ever thought they’d have to use one of the coverings for this, though.

Eventually, the man was convinced to put on some clothes, and the police were summoned to question him about what inspired this startling bit of exhibitionism. We applaud the Akihabara Station staff for their quick response, as do, no doubt, all of the passengers who were spared from having to share a packed Tokyo train with a naked stranger.

Source: Jin

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Story would perhaps be a little more interesting if they had actually spoken to the man and found out anything about this incident!

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No indecent exposure law here?

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Proof that, if you are a celeb, the cops will immediately arrest you and tip off the media. Kusanagi was nude in a small park at 2 in the morning and remember the big huha and his tabloid arrest and ensuing agency aplogies blah, blah. This guy in Akiba walks around in the nod in the middle of the day and he gets questioned. A lot of posters think celebs get off lightly in Japan. I disagree.

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I'm sure if he had a commuter pass and just went through the turnstile before anyone in the office noticed him, he would have been on his way in the comfort of the Yamanote Line.

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Still waiting for the punchline promised by the headline.

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You shall not PASMO.

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Would still rather come across him than a drunk ojisan on the train...

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True, if no one did anything, this dude would have gotten on the train in his birthday suit. As uncomfortable as I find the trains in Tokyo, this takes the uncomfortable levels to whole different level. Although my chances of encountering this man would be close to zero, much thanks to the station personnel.

I wonder what his reasoning was, and if he is being charged for public indecency?

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Some like it raw.

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Article is so weak we don't even get the reason that dude claimed for being naked. If it was a prank or a challenge between friends, that is just called fun in my country. Being naked has nothing to do with being dirty... I remember once I traveled inside wagon that unfortunately had a tramp inside that he smelled so bad he was worse than the dirtiest tramp i had been in Paris ! So stop jumping to some hatred comments about simple nudity while when you go onsen everyone is naked and you share spot.

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If this dude were a Kabuki star or a star singer in a musical group, he would probably end up getting all kinds of offers to appear in advertising. As he is a nothing, he'll probably end up in the nut house wearing a straight jacket.

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This Years fashion trend for 'Cool Biz'.

His pack doesn't look empty either.

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We are waiting for him to tell us the naked truth.

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It's the human body. People are too hung up on it. If some dude wants to be out and about naked, then go ahead as far as I'm concerned. I'll just avert my glance and look at something else.

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We applaud the Akihabara Station staff for their quick response,

Yes, alert railway staff helps avert Major Disaster :(

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Well he certainly took "Shingeki no Kyojin" up to a new level.

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What to say, this is some idiot who should be kicked out of the country. He can practise his naturalism elsewhere in the jungle instead

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I do not think this deserve publishing ! He might be sick or drugged .

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Agree with clamenza. There are private nude beaches this guy could go visit on his next vacay. You just don't go walking into a train station butt-naked. What's wrong with people?

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Maybe he was on his way to that nude restaurant that has been getting so much attention in the gaijn oriented press.

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And no doubt another one of thousands of undiagnosed mental cases running around this country.

I wonder if those who have no problem with public nudity would want to sit in the same chair where this lunatic's genetalia was just resting against 30 seconds before.

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