Japan Is Good At Pigeon Masks

Japan Is Good at Pigeon Masks

Last year, some members of a Japanese comedy site decided to troll Google Street View with pigeon masks. That was just the beginning.

This weekend, the same site, Daily Portal Z, held a "Hato Event" at Osaka's Grand Front shopping center. (In Japanese, "hato" means pigeon.) For the event, people could wear a pigeon mask and get their photo taken at the fashionable shopping complex.

Last year, Daily Portal Z also held a "Hato Night" event -- which was filled with people wearing pigeon masks at, well, night.

Japan Is Good at Pigeon Masks

Grand Front. [Photo: yaginome]

Japan Is Good at Pigeon Masks

Kid pigeons. [Photo: Tokyo26]

Japan Is Good at Pigeon Masks

Sitting in an audience. [Photo: tokyo26]

Japan Is Good at Pigeon Masks

Using a mobile phone. [Photo: yaginome]

Over the past few months, Twitter users (including Daily Portal Z writers and fans) have uploaded their own pigeon mask pics -- and there seems to be a few hardcore pigeon mask Twitter users!

Japan Is Good at Pigeon Masks

At home. [Photo: Hero_Chaman]

Japan Is Good at Pigeon Masks

Being lazy. [Photo: hato_nichijo]

Japan Is Good at Pigeon Masks

Eating sushi. [Photo: twcc98man]

Japan Is Good at Pigeon Masks

At work. [Photo: hato_nichijo]

Japan Is Good at Pigeon Masks

Out to eat. [Photo: nanakote_s]

Japan Is Good at Pigeon Masks

Mmm, pasta. [Photo: mietanpekeponpo]

Japan Is Good at Pigeon Masks

Feeding the... pigeons. [Photo: hato_nichijo]

Japan Is Good at Pigeon Masks

At the hot springs. [Photo: twcc98man]

Japan Is Good at Pigeon Masks

On the train. [Photo: hato_nichijo]

Japan Is Good at Pigeon Masks

Bowling. [Photo: Kokusan_Guppy]

Japan Is Good at Pigeon Masks

With a Hato Bus. [Photo: PigeonMaskJp]

Japan Is Good at Pigeon Masks

Buying beer. [Photo: hato_nichijo]

Japan Is Good at Pigeon Masks

Drinking beer. [Photo: Right_Error]

Japan Is Good at Pigeon Masks

Movie night. [Photo: hato_nichijo]

Japan Is Good at Pigeon Masks

Um... Evangelion? [Photo: deresukeminoP]

Japan Is Good at Pigeon Masks

Enjoying fall. [Photo: hero_chaman]

Good think pigeons aren't creepy, huh?

Pigeon mask are a thing outside of Japan, too, but I don't think they have run their course yet. That being said, I also eagerly await a proliferation of Crow Masks! Photos via Hato_Nichijo:

Japan Is Good at Pigeon Masks
Japan Is Good at Pigeon Masks

Top photo: yaginome

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Comments

    Hatoful Boyfriend fans can finally live out their fantasy.

    Beats the horse mask, these are much more interesting!

    So where can we actually source one of these masks from?

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