Authorities in Osaka are puzzled after 19 of the 29 statues on Midosuji Boulevard, Osaka's main street, were clothed in red dresses on the night of July 24 by a person or persons unknown. The statues on the boulevard, also known as "Midosuji Sculpture Street," represent men, women and children of all ages. Each of the dresses is said to match the age, style and physical activity of its wearer.
Some members of the public have reacted positively to the phenomenon describing it as "vibrant" and "unique," while others have described it as disrespectful. Osaka city authorities say that the statues were not damaged and that they are not treating the incident as a crime.
Osaka Mayor Kunio Hiramatsu, 62, told a news conference this week that "We'd like to know who did it, but we're not looking to press charges. It has been an interesting incident and it has got people's attention, but if the street were to become a venue for this kind of fashion show regularly, it would be difficult for us, so let's do this kind of thing together."© Japan Today