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Cross-dressing isn’t a mainstream concept in Japan. It’s still a topic that comes up somewhat often in the media, though, and over the past few years there’s been a rise in services that offer Japanese men the experience of getting in touch with their more feminine side.

That said, on any given day in Tokyo you’re still unlikely to encounter cross-dressing personalities like Sailor Suit Old Man and Ladybeard, let alone a man in a wedding dress walking the streets of Tokyo, which is why Japanese Twitter has been abuzz about the sighting of an older man cross-dressing as a bride in the Akasaka neighborhood.

At first it might seem like someone just decided to break out his Halloween costume a little early, but these shots of the following man, rumored to be an older gentleman, were taken back in May near Akasaka Mitsuke, an area just north of Roppongi.

According to those who saw him, he appeared to be nonchalantly hanging around the area as if nothing special were going on.

“There’s a man walking around in a wedding dress in Akasaka…lololololol”

“Upon closer inspection, this person wearing a wedding dress was an old man. He was carrying some kind of red wrapping cloth. An older man dressed for a wedding. He was wearing a mask, too.”

“A male bride in Akasaka…? (^_^;)”

It might look like the bride is just trying to make a run for it, but these photos predate the more recent recognition of same-sex unions in Shibuya and Osaka. Also, according to those who frequent the Akasaka Mitsuke area, this wasn’t his first, nor likely last, appearance.

“I saw him yesterday… Apparently he was spotted three months before, too.”

“If you search Twitter, an older man wearing a wedding dress was seen in Akasaka Mitsuke three months ago on the 18th.”

“A person (man) sitting on a bench wearing a wedding dress? It happens pretty often.”

It’s hard to tell if he’s trying to give Sailor Suit Old Man and Ladybeard a run for their money, or if this is something he only does whenever the mood strikes. But if any of you happen to spot him while you’re hanging around Tokyo, it’s probably best to consider it a good stroke of luck, like finding a lucky penny on the ground.

Source: Togetter
Top image: Twitter/@yun009_xyz