インターホン鳴ったから出てみたら高圧的なおばさん二人が「お宅のベランダに子供の目に良くないものが干してあるからやめて欲しい」とのお叱りを受けた— 宮下さんと他宮下99人 (@miyasitaaa) January 5, 2020
Twitter user @miyasitaaa is a fan of sabage — “survival games.” He regularly takes photos of himself in his Battle Dress Uniform (BDU) and carrying Airsoft rifles. His neighbors, unfortunately, were not.
[In Japan, survival games] are only tangentially related to video games. Instead they’re real life re-enactments of war zones where players split into teams and shoot each other with Airsoft rifles. You know, for fun!
One day, his doorbell rang. When he went to answer it, he was met with a pair of extremely intense women, who scolded him for “hanging something out to dry on the balcony that would be harmful to children if they saw it.” They told the Airsoft-loving guy to stop.
While they didn’t specify what that something is, @miyasitaaa stated that “it had to be [his] BDU.”
He also helpfully included a shot of the women in question, as well as the offending garment nestled guiltily among his other clothes.
It’s true that anti-war sentiment is very strong in Japan, with figures such as Studio Ghibli’s Hayao Miyazaki taking strong pacifistic stances. Insisting that the uniform itself is inappropriate for children seems misdirected at best, though, especially considering that army-inspired styles are a common fixture in fashion.
I personally think that the women were overreacting. But what are your thoughts about this one?
(Image Credit: @miyasitaaa/ Twitter)