Too tired for walkies! Japanese man who wears £12,000 dog costume poses for selfies with fans as he is taken for a ‘walk’ through Tokyo in a trolley
- In surreal images, Toco was taken for a stroll through Japan’s capital on a trolley
- Locals appeared delighted to see the viral sensation, grabbing selfies with him
A dog lover who achieved viral fame for his desire to ‘become an animal’ has once again ventured out into Tokyo in his £12,000 bespoke collie costume – this time to pose for selfies with new found fans.
Known only as ‘Toco’, the animal lover spent around two million Yen on the lifelike costume last year to fulfil his lifelong dream of ‘becoming an animal’.
Over a year on, he has now been pictured being taken for a ‘walk’ through the streets of the Japanese capital with the help of a friend who pulled him along in a trolley.
In further surreal images, he was seen being given belly rubs as he was paraded around on the trolley to meet infatuated locals.
It comes after Toco was last month got down on all fours to meet with his more realistic canine companions and was filmed attempting to perform dog tricks for his 54,000 YouTube subscribers on his channel ‘I want to be an animal’.
Known as ‘Toco’, a Japanese man in a dog suit is carried in a trolley cart in Tokyo, Japan, Monday
A young woman appears delighted as she bends down to snap a selfie with Toco as he was paraded around in the back of a trolley through Tokyo on Monday
In further surreal images, Toco was seen being given belly rubs and being paraded around on the trolley to meet infatuated locals around Tokyo on Monday
Tokyo residents looked delighted to see Toco, bending down beside the trolley to grab a picture with the now viral internet sensation.
But despite the increasing fame, Toco is not yet ready to take off his mask.
Toco told MailOnline in May last year: ‘Ever since I was a small child, I wanted to be an animal. I think it is a desire to transform.
‘I’ve thought about it since I can remember.’
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The dog-lover said he has hidden his identity and his human face from the world because he doesn’t want to be judged by people he knows.
‘I don’t want my hobbies to be known,’ he said, ‘especially by the people I work with.’
‘They think it’s weird that I want to be a dog. For the same reason why I can’t show my real face.’
Then late last year, Toco told the Mirror he’s still not yet built up enough confidence to tell some of his closest friends about his hobby.
‘I rarely tell my friends because I am afraid they will think I am weird,’ he said. ‘My friends and family seemed very surprised to learn I became an animal.’
Toco said he enjoys ‘doing things that only dogs do’.
In September, Toco first attempted an outdoor walk. He said in a YouTube video documenting the experience he felt ‘nervous and a little scared’.
‘I’m wearing a leash because people are surprised when they see me. I’m very nervous,’ he said in the video.
‘Do you remember your dreams from when you are little? You want to be a hero or a wizard.
A passerby takes pictures of a Japanese man in a dog suit carried in a trolley cart in Tokyo, Monday
Toco is pictured being dragged around through Tokyo in a trolley on Monday. He spent around £12,000 to realise his dream of transforming into a rough collie dog
Known only as ‘Toco’, the animal lover spent around two million Yen on the lifelike costume last year to fulfil his lifelong dream of ‘becoming an animal’
A Japanese man in a dog suit is carried in a trolley cart in Tokyo, Japan, Monday.
The unidentified man, only known as Toco, is pictured in his collie costume. He has over 54,000 YouTube subscribers on his channel ‘I want to be an animal’
Toco is pictured during an interview, over a year on from spending around two million Yen on the lifelike costume to fulfil his lifelong dream of ‘becoming an animal’
‘I remember writing in my grade school graduation book that I wanted to be a dog and walk outside.’
He noted how nice the wind felt in his fur, and rolled in the grass in his backyard.
Toco said he wears sandals to protect his feet and the bottom of the costume from getting dirty, after spending almost £13,000 getting it custom-made.
His now viral videos have attracted like-minded fans, with one saying: ‘You inspire us to fulfil our dreams too.’
Another wrote: ‘I hope I become the animal I want to be as well. You’re an inspiration to us.’
Japanese company Zeppet, which creates costumes for TV commercials and films, spent 40 days making the outfit.
A spokesman said: ‘Modelled after a collie dog, it reproduces the appearance of a real dog walking on four legs.’
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