Japan’s Batman

2 Sep

In the Chiba area of Japan, near Tokyo, is a superhero who looks identical to “Gotham City’s” Batman.

The Japanese counterpart is called 「千葉ットマン」 (“ChiBatman“).


He has been cruising the streets of the Tokyo area, not fighting crime, but bringing smiles to people since the March 11th 2011 Great Tohoku Earthquake…but wasn’t famous until a junior high school boy noticed him and took a photo and tweeted it.

That photo was re-tweeted thousands of times (including by me). Of course, with that many re-tweets the international media noticed. And there have now been reports about ChiBatman in many countries’ news sources…such as the BBC.

8 Responses to “Japan’s Batman”

  1. CrazyChineseFamily September 2, 2014 at 9:58 pm #

    This is great, just read about him yesterday in German news: http://www.spiegel.de/panorama/batman-superhelden-fan-faehrt-als-chibatman-durch-japan-a-989199.html


    • tokyo5 September 3, 2014 at 8:08 am #

      Yeah, since that junior high school kid tweet the photo the story of “Chibatman” is being reported all over the world. (I have no idea what that German article you linked to says! 😉 )


      • CrazyChineseFamily September 3, 2014 at 6:49 pm #

        Its is basically saying pretty much the same as the English versions, probably just a translation. However I think it is interesting how quickly such “news” are spreading around the globe 🙂


      • tokyo5 September 4, 2014 at 9:08 am #

        > I think it is interesting how quickly such “news” are spreading around the globe

        Yeah, this is the 21st century! It is amazing!


  2. mikeladano September 2, 2014 at 8:26 pm #

    I just watched a movie last night on “real superheros”. I think they’re cool.


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