If you’re even just mildly interested with Japanese cosplay and popular culture, you’ve probably seen one of Hideaki Kobayashi’s pictures online – he’s that bearded guy who likes to wear traditional Japanese schoolgirl sailor suits in public. Kobayashi is a known cosplay photographer, as he has been taking cosplay pictures for over 10 years now. But it is this penchant for wearing schoolgirl uniforms that has attracted the interest of people. While some want to have their pictures taken, a group of high-schoolers have reported Kobayashi to the police after they had their pictures taken with him.
Most people like Kobayashi, even if his choice of clothes is a tad bit eccentric. The Japanese have a long and documented love story with schoolgirl uniforms (some of those details are actually not for publishing here at the JDP), so it is not at all strange that some people find Kobayashi cute and adorable, and want to have their pictures taken with him. Some real schoolgirls are actually happy if Kobayashi’s uniform matches theirs. It is also understandable that the netizens of Japan’s leading online community and message board, 2ch (“2 channel“), rise up in anger when a bunch of high school boys have their picture taken with Kobayashi and then go on to report him to the police. “Has he done something wrong?” asks the 2ch community. “What is his crime?”
This kind of attention seeking attitude is common in the youth over social networks these days. The boys posted their initial pictures with Kobayashi over Twitter and got their images trending, all due to the fame and online reputation of Kobayashi in his eccentric schoolgirl uniforms. But to then report him to the police just because he is eccentric is way overboard. “What’s the problem?” a 2ch forum dweller asked. “Is it a crime for a man to wear a schoolgirl uniform? Is it indecent? If that’s the case, then the entire nation of Scotland is perverse.” Sometimes you just have to give your respect to the way these netizens argue their cases.
[via Japan Crush]
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