For kids

Masked Hero to the Rescue at a Tokyo Subway Station

 

Tokyo's super subway hero

Tokyo‘s super subway hero

In a green outfit with silver trim and matching mask, a superhero waits by the stairs of a Tokyo subway station, lending his strength to the elderly, passengers lugging heavy packages and mothers with baby strollers.

Japanese people find it hard to accept help, they feel obligated to the other person, so the mask really helps me out,” said Tadahiro Kanemasu.

The slender 27-year-old has spent three months being a good Samaritan at the station on Tokyo’s western side. Like many in the city, it has neither elevators nor escalators and a long flight of dimly lit stairs.

Inspiration came from the children he met at his job at an organic grocery store, which also prompted the color of his costume. He picked up the green Power Rangers suit and two spares at a discount store for $41 each.

Since Kanemasu can set aside only a couple of hours each day for his good deeds, he hopes to recruit others in different colored suits. Already he has inquiries about pink and red.

 

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Things to do in Tokyo with kids: Himonya Dobutsu Hiroba

Himonya Dobutsu Hiroba is a great little place for families with young ‘uns. Aimed at children below junior high school age, the kids get the chance to bother guinea pigs, rabbits, dogs and even ponies. The latter come with a nominal price tag (150 yen per ride), but the others are subject to a real live free-for-all. Renting a rowing boat on the nearby lake is so cheap it’s almost free, too, costing a mere 100 yen per 30 minutes for a boat.

Details

Address 

Himonya Park, Himonya 6-9-31, Meguro-ku, Tokyo

Transport Gakugeidaigaku Station (Tokyu Toyoko line)

Telephone 03 3714 1548

Open 10am-11.30am, 1.30pm-3pm

Admission Free

 

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