This was too whimsical a sight to pass up – an Ultraman figure stuck to the back door of a garbage truck near Nishi Ogikubo, Tokyo. Don’t even ask me why there’s a soccer ball between his legs. I had to exercise considerable discretion when snapping these pictures because there were three burly guys in the front seats taking an afternoon siesta; won’t want them to wake up and find me poking fun at their beloved deity.
These guys must find it really amusing to see Ultraman shuffle up and down the truck’s collapsable back door as they go about their garbage collection chores everyday.
Of course, Ultraman is so popular a figure in Japan his presence is ubiquitous, especially on tv -check out some of the television commercials he has graced below :
I have rather fond memories of Ultraman, watching the series on television as a young kid. Nevermind that Ultraman was speaking Malay (only Malaysia’s RTM channel was showing it, Singapore had no such luck in those early days.) and I hadn’t the foggiest – all I needed to know was that 20 minutes or so into the show, its duke out time.