A group of eco-friendly samurai warriors has traveled from feudal era to modern-day Japan to clean up Tokyo’s streets.
These trash-fighting warriors, known as Jidaigumi Basara, are part of the Issei Ichidai Jidaigumiis, a theatrical troupe of samurai performance artists.
The troupe originated in Hokkaido but has branches throughout Japan, including Tokyo, Jidaigumi Basara’s home base.
Jidaigumi Basara’s war on trash allows the samurai to practice their performance skills while giving back to their community. They pick up each piece of garbage with a flair equal to that of their stage performances.
— sayaka* (@s_1639) June 12, 2018
These samurai wander the streets of Tokyo armed with tongs, garbage cans, and impeccable style.
Jidaigumi Basara’s male members wear outfits that combine the old and the new. This includes pairing traditional Japanese robes and with modern fedoras.
The troupe’s female members can be seen gracefully collecting litter while dressed in kimono outfits inspired by the days of old and today’s much more practical footwear.
— 【公式】時代組婆沙羅(ゴミ拾い侍) (@jidaigumi_tokyo) May 29, 2018
These guardians of the earth often team up with other environmental warriors such as the superhero Clean Arrow, a “green” version of DC’s Green Arrow.
Like the samurai, Clean Arrow has made it his mission to protect Tokyo from street waste.
The samurais’ theatrical approach calls attention to Tokyo’s rampant litter problem and teaches kids that cleaning up their community doesn’t have to be a chore.
The Jidaigumi Basara take their volunteer work very seriously. They believe that the fight for a cleaner world is one everyone must take part in.
The people of Tokyo love to see these warriors out and about and appreciate the efforts they have made to make Japan a cleaner place to live in.
Good work, Jidaigumi Basara! The world needs more heroes like you!