Interview with the School Girl Uniform Grandpa from Japan – Growhairism

Interview with the School Girl Uniform Grandpa from Japan – Growhairism


Hello there~ I’m Hideaki Kobayashi, the school girl uniform grandpa! I think I’ll first introduce myself to you. I’m around 54 years old. I think… Normally, I’m just your average salaryman
employed at a normal company The reason I cosplay as a high school girl… Well, it wasn’t due to any particular reason it was more of a whim. Let’s see… 5 years ago I joined this event at a certain Ramen shop. To be part of that event, One had to be over 30, wear a school girl uniform, and eat Ramen there. That was the start of it all. I was wondering how the other customers would react but ,their were quite fine with it. That’s when I started thinking: “Mhh maybe I can do this every weekend!” Well, as you can see my reason is the outcome of experiments. “My activities overseas”… Thanks to the support of many people I was able to visit a lot of events overseas. But as I am still an office worker, There’s limit to days I can take break from my job. I can’t participate as much as I want to. I mainly visit place not so far away. Countries like China, Singapore… But I have been to Germany before, as well as France and Spain. I have been fortunate to be part of those events. I often go up on stage and talk, greeting guests and play games with audience Or help people at vendor booth “What is AMAZING about Japanese culture?” Well I don’t know, let’s see There’s many things Japanese people can be proud of; Traditionally, there’s martial arts, calligraphy, or Art such as Ukiyo-e. There is lot of those traditional value and culture Manga and Anime are built on those background Manga and Anime are so fun and interesting because It inherited good essence from stories and book from Showa period, I think. It is a perfect combination of traditional part of Japan and new, modern side of Japan That combination create exciting and interesting culture Very Imaginative and original And It doesn’t mean that old tradition ceased to exist, As temples, shrines and its religion are still popular among people and so is old culture like Nou and Kabuki. They still exist in modern Japan. What I think the most Amazing is that Japan has those various culture co-existing peacefully affecting each other. It is like there’s layer of quite interesting cultures stacking up on top of each other. I find that really amazing. It is very open culture, and that’s very great thing about Japan. “What do you think about foreigner spreading Japanese culture oversea? Well, I appreciate it a lot Japan has culture we can all be proud of and we, Japanese, has to be more active to spread it to world, letting people know more and WE, i think, have to be the first one to tell it ourselves. foreigners coming to Japan helping us do it is what we all should be so thankful and appreciate They are the best, because They know the best way to present our culture in their country Because they know both world In that sense they are much better presenter than us so I appreciate them a lot. Thank you and see you soon somewhere!

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