A man in Japan spends more than $15,000 to look like a dog

Dreams can come in all shapes and sizes, from owning a beloved home to buying a favorite car or working at a dream job. But have you ever had a dream where you wanted to become an animal? number? However, the Japanese man certainly did, and now he has made that dream come true. How did he manage to get it out? Let’s find out!

A Japanese man has spent more than $15,000 creating a realistic dog costume so he can live like an animal.

A man in Japan spends more than ,000 to look like a dog
Realistic dog costume. Image credits: Zeppet/Twitter

It’s not every day that an animal lover decides to become an animal. However, a Japanese man did. This man, currently known as “Toco” (also pronounced “Toko”), has admitted that he is a fan of the cute four-legged animal. He also claimed that becoming an animal had always been his dream, a dream which he has now fulfilled for 2 million yen (about $15,700).

He spent that money on commissioning a realistic rough collie costume he could live in. Then, he documented his transformation through photos and videos posted on social media platforms.

Considering how strange this dream was, it is not surprising that it quickly became widespread. But why did he choose the rough collie costume? It turns out that the collie is his favorite dog breed! Also, since the collie has long fur, it was simply the perfect choice to hide a human figure inside.

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A man in Japan spends more than ,000 to look like a dog
Image credits: Zeppet/Twitter

Since the dog’s costume was meant to be hyper-realistic, Toco needed some professional help to create it. Then this assistance came in the form of a company called Zeppet. Zeppet is known for creating models and sculptures for commercials and movies, making them a perfect fit for Toco’s needs. So, when he approached them to make a life-size Collie costume, they obliged. Later, they also posted about this outfit on their Twitter account.

However, creating this outfit was not an easy task for their designers. It reportedly took the company 40 days and several revisions to get it right. This difficulty seems to arise mostly from the fact that the skeletons of dogs and humans are so different.

They also had to take the time to carefully study the collie’s rough appearance to ensure the costume’s coat flowed as naturally as possible. Fortunately, all of these efforts paid off in the end, and Toco’s dog suit proves to be a success.

Toco has also posted pictures and videos of himself in the costume on various social media pages.

Having embraced his animal persona, Toco has a YouTube channel dedicated to documenting his life inside the costume. In his videos, Toco can be seen playing fetch and table tennis in his costume and also waves, rolls around, and snuggles with stuffed animals.

Of course, his Twitter page is no different and features photos of himself dressed up with a caption describing how he managed to make his dream come true.

Since then, the guy has gone viral due to his unusual hobby.

There is no doubt that Tuco’s costume is impressive in terms of what life looks like. But even more exciting is the internet’s response to it. Since his photos and videos went viral, many of his supporters have praised the costume for being realistic and cute.

At the same time, he also had some detractors who did not approve of his life choices. However, Tuco’s “tweet” from April 2022 featuring the costumes has since received over 55,000 likes and 18,000 “retweets”. Needless to say, the interest this human-to-animal transformation has generated among netizens proves once again that the internet can be a strange and wonderful place.


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