Blog: Leonie BarrieA uniform approach?

Leonie Barrie | 12 November 2004

I enjoyed this snippet from one of our contributors, Michael Fitzpatrick, who’s currently in Japan.

“A peak at contemporary Japan would reveal an unnerving adoration of the uniform – Germanic 1900s school wear for children, peaked caps for taxi drivers – but one man was discovered recently to have taken this fancy perhaps too far. After unemployed 39-year-old Kenji Hishida was nabbed for stealing a railway worker’s trousers when he broke into the rail company’s dormitory, police raided his home to find a huge stash of over 10,000 stolen uniforms in his tiny flat. Police said he had spent the past 15 years travelling around Japan picking up uniforms from places such as private railway companies and airlines. His free time was spent admiring himself in the mirror in the different garbs. Police needed a two-ton truck just to carry all the booty seized as evidence from Hishida's home."


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