Unmasking the Mysterious Batman of Japan's Highways

Recently, photos of Batman on a Japanese highway surfaced. Who was that masked man? People want to know! And through the magic of television, we found out.

Since this Batman is usually spotted in Chiba Prefecture, he's known as "Chibatman" (千葉ットマン or "Chibattoman").

Unmasking the Mysterious Batman of Japan's Highways

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Unmasking the Mysterious Batman of Japan's Highways

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The 41 year-old Chibatman works as a welder, and his Batman cosplay isn't only a weekend thing. According to Japanese news reports (via Naver and Vipper), he wears his Batman costume when he commutes to work. That's freakin' awesome!

Unmasking the Mysterious Batman of Japan's Highways

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Unmasking the Mysterious Batman of Japan's Highways

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The reason why his Batpod, a custom job he made himself, is a trike instead of a two-wheeled bike is that under Japanese law, you don't need to wear a helmet for trikes. They're classified as a type of car. Oh, and it's also legal to wear capes while driving trikes.

Unmasking the Mysterious Batman of Japan's Highways

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Here, Chibatman is at home being interviewed.

Unmasking the Mysterious Batman of Japan's Highways

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"I do it because I want to see everyone smile," he says. That you've done, Caped Crusader.

Unmasking the Mysterious Batman of Japan's Highways

[Photo: coresugo]

Unmasking the Mysterious Batman of Japan's Highways

[Photo: ananweblog]

千葉ットマンが話題、正体も明らかに!道路交通法の問題はないの?[Naver]

千葉ットマンの正体はただのおっさんだった事が判明。[Viper]

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