Tiger Mask donors strike again!

2011-01-11 09:33

Japan has been enthralled by the mysterious comeback of a 1960s manga comic book hero that has sparked a nationwide wave of gift-giving by anonymous donors to underprivileged children.

The spate of donations started on Christmas Day, when presents were left at a children’s welfare centre near the capital, Tokyo, with a note saying they came from “Naoto Date”, the alter ego of the professional wrestling character “Tiger Mask”.

The widely reported gift apparently struck a chord with the Japanese, who fondly remember Tiger Mask, an orphan-turned-fighter who helped other parentless children, and has sparked more than 20 copycat acts of generosity.

Bags with presents, ranging from the initial leather school bags to stationery, toys, robot models, cash and food, have been quietly left by anonymous people at shelters, orphanages and centres for the disabled.

In one case, an envelope with ¥100 000 (about R8 200) was left at a shop selling school supplies, with a note saying: “I’m a copycat. I think Tiger Masks are everywhere across the country. Please use this for children.”

Japan’s Minister of Health, Labour and Welfare today declared himself “deeply moved” by the snowballing wave of acts of kindness, as TV stations and newspapers kept close tabs on the latest appearances of Tiger Mask.

In the original cartoon story – a manga book series in the late 1960s, followed by a TV anime show – Naoto Date himself grew up in an orphanage and was initially recruited by an evil syndicate of villain wrestlers.

In the story Date decides to help other orphans instead, dons a mask of a tiger – still a staple of popular pro-wrestling matches in Japan – and fights the villains to donate his prize money to the children.

Yoichi Miyata (38), a manager at the Iwate prefecture shop that received an R8 200 cash gift, said: “Naoto Date is an iconic children’s hero. He takes many of us back to our childhood, including myself.”

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