A man who spent a staggering £19,000 ($23,000) on a custom, highly realistic wolf suit claims that wearing it makes him “no longer feel human.” To be honest, after spending that much money, that is the least I would anticipate.
Toru Ueda, a Tokyo-based engineer, enjoys escaping from his everyday life and embracing feeling like a wolf by donning his wolf costume, which took four people seven weeks to create.
The custom-made costume, designed by Zeppet, a company that creates models and costumes for TV shows and movies, cost Ueda, 32, three million yen.
Even though it’s a sizeable sum of money, Ueda feels that the freedom it gives him makes it worth every penny.
He told The Times that he felt “no longer human” when he was wearing his costume.
“I have no connections with people. I can forget about any problems, whether they are work-related or not.
Ueda was very particular about his wolf costume, telling Zeppet that he wanted the most lifelike wolf they could make that still allowed him to move around normally.
Zeppet and he met three times in person, shared a lot of wolf images with the business, and exchanged 40 emails where they went over every last detail of the suit, down to the pattern and texture of the coat.
And for Ueda, who said: “When I look in the mirror, I see a wolf, and that is very moving, it was all worth it.
“I’m not a werewolf; that’s a type of monster, and I’m not one,” the speaker asserts.
Although you might assume Ueda would be eager to flaunt his costume, especially after spending so much money on it, that isn’t the case.
He says he would feel uncomfortable wearing it out and about in Tokyo, so he won’t be wearing it any time soon to a fancy dress party. I don’t think the neighborhood dogs would be too thrilled about it either.
Instead, Ueda invites some friends over during his downtime, provides them with a drink or a beer, and dons his wolf costume.
According to Ueda, none of his friends enjoy dressing up like him, but they are okay with him doing what he enjoys.
Zeppet isn’t just used by Ueda to help him or her change into an animal alter ego. Toco, a fellow Japanese resident, unveiled his frighteningly lifelike canine costume last year.