It’s not the real Green Ranger, but a 27-year old man purchased a costume of the 1990s superhero in a discount store for 4,000 yen ($41). During his spare time, the masked good samaritan comes to a subway station in western Tokyo to help people carry heavy bags or assist mothers with baby strollers when they need to use the stairs.
“Japanese people find it hard to accept help, they feel obligated to the other person, so the mask really helps me out,” shared Tadahiro Kanemasu, the man behind the mask of Green Ranger. The colour chosen was inspired by the greengrocer where Kanemasu is working, but he has also purchased pink and red costumes. He also got the idea for his good samaritan deeds from children he met in his workplace.
Compared to how Kanemasu started, he claims that people have been more positive in their response. “When I first began, people basically said, ‘Get away from me, you weirdo’,” he recalled. Kanemasu still thinks that people find him weird, but he believes that it’s “in a good way.”
Most subway stations in the country have no elevator, not even an escalator. Stairs are also dimly lit, making it harder for the elders to use them. Such condition is even more dangerous for pregnant women. The 27-year old part-time Green Ranger-slash-good samaritan hopes to be able to recruit others to do the same, putting on the other colours of the Power Rangers.