Unmasking the Mysterious Batman of Japan's Highways

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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.

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

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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!

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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.

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Here, Chibatman is at home being interviewed.

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

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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]

To contact the author of this post, write to bashcraftATkotaku.com or find him on Twitter @Brian_Ashcraft.

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