“They Still Think I’m Weird But in a Good Way”

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In the summer of 2013, Tadahiro Kanemasu, age 27, donned a green Power Ranger superhero costume and became Carry-Your-Pram-Ranger outside Tokyo Metro’s Honancho Station in Japan. The station lacks an elevator or escalator, which makes things difficult for people with baby buggies and for old people carrying bags of groceries. Mr. Kanemasu’s superpower is helping people carry things up and down the steps of the subway station. He is a greengrocer in his day job, but in his time off, he stations himself at the subway’s street level beside a chalkboard sign that states, “Baby Carriage Carrying Ranger.” If he sees that someone needs help, he tells them, “I’ll help you carry that!” Of course, he does his good deeds for free. Mr. Kanemasu said, “Japanese people find it hard to accept help; they feel obligated to the other person, so the mask really helps me out.” He added, “When I first began, people basically said, ‘Get away from me, you weirdo.’ Now they still think I’m weird but in a good way.”

For Further Information: ITN, “Real-life superhero helps commuters in Tokyo: Carry-Your-Pram-Ranger.” YouTube. 11 August 2013


For Further Information: Brian Ashcraft, “Japan’s Real Life Kick-Ass Is Very Helpful.” Kotaku. 26 August 2013


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