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'Grasshopper' superhero aids police in Japan

Posted on Sunday, 19 April, 2015 | Comment icon 20 comments

Kumagai in full costume out and about on his motorcycle. Image Credit: YouTube
In his spare time Shinjiro Kumagai dons a giant grasshopper outfit and helps hunt down drink-drivers.
An artist by trade, Kumagai's motorbike-riding alter-ego is inspired by 1970s Japanese superhero TV series Kamen Rider 1 which followed a group of Kamen Riders ( or masked riders ) as they attempted to take down a nefarious organization.

Despite his unorthodox methods however the vigilante crime-fighter is supported not only by the local police but by a Buddhist priest called Fukumitsu who, being a huge fan of the series, contributes enough funds to help keep him out on the streets.
The insect-inspired superhero has already turned out to be quite a hit with the city's residents and he has appeared in numerous photographs and videos on social media.

His attempts to raise awareness about drink-driving have also proven to be quite effective and he has helped local authorities on several occasions by reporting any violations that he sees.

"He is doing a very good job," said a local shopkeeper. "Every city should have a Kamen Rider."

Source: Yahoo! News | Comments (20)

Tags: Shinjiro Kumagai, Grasshopper, Japan

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #11 Posted by theotherguy on 20 April, 2015, 23:36
Does he have theme music? If not, he needs some.
Comment icon #12 Posted by zac509 on 21 April, 2015, 1:55
I dont drink im going to japan (hic)
Comment icon #13 Posted by Astra- on 21 April, 2015, 3:07
As long as the little fella doesn't cross paths with an angry drunk driving Sumo....all should be good in the world
Comment icon #14 Posted by mynameisachu on 21 April, 2015, 10:37
its a bird its a plain, NO its a weirdo on a bike.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Torviking on 21 April, 2015, 17:56
I notice no one has been brave enough to to comment on the name of the Buddist priest? Not like you lot lol.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Sundew on 28 April, 2015, 18:19
Grasshopper Man, able to gnaw crops to the ground in a single bound!
Comment icon #17 Posted by Robert1 on 5 May, 2015, 18:32
I love the fact that Japan can be so weird. There are days when I really need a good laugh.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Karasu on 5 May, 2015, 22:33
What exactly is a "drink-driver"? I asked myself the same question.
Comment icon #19 Posted by Karasu on 5 May, 2015, 22:35
This sounds like it could be a pretty cool tokusatsu albeit, a very weirdly specific one.
Comment icon #20 Posted by aquatus1 on 5 May, 2015, 22:54
Hey...if it works...

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