There is a masked avenger on the streets of Tokyo seeking justice in an injust world – well, not quite. But there is a man in a Power Rangers suit helping strangers down to the subway platform. Tadahiro Kanemasu is a costumed good Samaritan, helping old ladies, carrying strollers and heavy objects down the steps of a dimly lit underground stairwell.
Kanemasu, a 27-year-old organic green grocer, was inspired by children who would come into the store in their own costumes. He spares a couple hours each to his good deed, standing by the same Tokyo subway to help those who struggle with the steps.
Kanemasu told Reuters:
Japanese people find it hard to accept help, they feel obligated to the other person, so the mask really helps me out. When I first began, people basically said ‘Get away from me, you weirdo.’ Now they still think I’m weird but in a good way.
Kanemasu is looking to expand his hero service, hoping to recruit others in different colored Ranger suits.