Tiger Mask

It looks like the guy on the pictures I showed you the other day is pretty popular and well known in the Shinjuku area. I had no idea but Roy who has been living in Japan for ages knew about this guy who’s nickname is Tiger Mask.

Tiger Mask has been wandering around Shinjuku always wearing a tiger mask since more than 20 years ago. Maybe he loved the manga Tiger Mask. His accessories and clothing changes a little bit depending on the occasion but he always wears the same tiger mask. In fact Roy says that once Tiger Mask sit in the same row as him in the cinema and he watched the whole movie without taking the mask off! His obsession with the mask is pretty amazing.

Here there are some Tiger Mask pictures made by Roy and some others that I found in various Japanese blogs using Google images. I noticed that in the Japanese blogs many people is proud when they take a picture of Tiger Mask. If you go to Shinjuku and you bump into Tiger Mask, take a picture of him, upload it to your blog and share it in the comments of this post 🙂

Tiger mask

Tiger mask

Tiger mask

Tiger mask

Tiger mask

Tiger mask

Tiger mask
This is the only picture of him without the mask covering his face that I was able to find.

Tiger mask

Tiger mask

  • Schmockko

    March 20, 2009 at 10:05 am

    Hi, heres another picture of this guy I took in March 2008:

  • Dana

    March 20, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    This reminds me of the Naked Cowboy and other similar people in Times Square NYC. Really cool! Hope I see Tiger Mask when I visit Japan someday 🙂

  • Zainab

    March 20, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    wow! So strange but eerily fascinating, I’d love to know his story!

  • k

    March 21, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    I have met this guy. Scary.

  • Karasu-kun

    March 21, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Sounds like a character out of the Tekken series of games. Around my old college campus, there used to be a toothless old guy that wandered around the streets from morning until night with a sombrero and maracas. As my campus was right next to Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Engineering Institute, we used to joke that he was a robot that they used to survey the streets, and the reason you didn’t see him at night was because he had to go inside the institute for a recharge. =P