And he didn’t pick a warm city to do it in, either.

Because Japan is so dependent on trains for transportation, you’ll find large banks of lockers at every major station. While some are only large enough to store modest-sized shopping parcels, others are much larger, allowing travelers to keep full-sized suitcases secure during a day of sightseeing in the area around the rail hub.

With so many storage options, an employee at Sendai Station in Miyagi Prefecture must have thought it was strange when, on the morning of November 19, he discovered several articles of clothing not in the lockers themselves, but spread out on the ground in front of the bank of compartments near the station’s taxi stand. Of course, that wasn’t nearly as shocking as what he discovered next: the clothes’ owner, completely naked, sitting inside one of the lockers.

▼ Sendai is a city of roughly a million people, so it’s kind of impressive that he managed to disrobe without anyone spotting him in the act.

The man was sitting on his haunches, facing inwards towards the back of the locker with his uncovered backside outwardly oriented. The station worker quickly contacted the police, who dispatched an officer from their station-vicinity police box to take the man into custody.

The reason why the naked man, estimated to be in his late 40s or early 50s, had stuffed himself into the locker remains unknown, and becomes all the more puzzling when you take into account where exactly Sendai is located.

Miyagi’s prefectural capital, Sendai sits in the chilly northeastern Tohoku region. While the exact temperature at the time the man was found, roughly 9:30 a.m, hasn’t been reported, Sedai’s overnight low was a mere 6 degrees Celsius (42.8 degrees Fahrenheit), and at that time of the morning it wouldn’t even have yet reached its eventual daytime high of 13 Celsius.

Not surprisingly, the man was suffering from hypothermia when he was removed from the locker, and was immediately taken to a nearby hospital for medical treatment, and hopefully a through lesson on the importance of staying out of lockers while also staying clothed.

Sources: Kahoku Shinpo via Hachima Kiko, Livedoor News/Sankei News, @Nifty News/Shirabee
Top image: Pakutaso
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