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A British tourist has been arrested after swimming naked in the moat of Japan’s Imperial Palace. The man was said to have swum the moat before scaling the Tokyo palace’s 25ft wall. Television footage showed him getting out of the water at one point and chasing police with a rock and a construction site pole.
Looking for his 'dropped bag'
He then went back to the murky water and swam across to the other side of the moat, climbing up the 25ft stone wall of the palace. He was caught by two policemen after a chase that media said lasted for an hour and a half.
The palace, which has housed the Japanese Imperial Family for centuries, is seen as sacred ground and is rarely opened to the public except for official tours, and a large security force protects it from intruders.
Passers-by gathered around the moat to watch the chase, giggling and taking photos on mobile phones. Police said it was unclear what his motives were, although he is said to have dropped a bag in the water.
The man, possibly in his forties, first said he was Spanish but later said he was a Briton living in Spain, police said. We are checking on his mental condition now,' a police spokesman said. The man was later released without charge.
The palace, in the heart of Tokyo and home to Japan's emperor and empress, is surrounded by 12 moats running four miles in all. Police said the emperor was in the palace, but it was unlikely he saw the nude swimmer in the moat.
What is up with all these tourists who think that skinny dipping in public area is a trilled thing to does? When I was in Paris, I saw a man who stirred what else a ‘cozy’ area (it was a red district, but during the day, people just hanging out at the café slipping teas and coffees) ran naked and jump into one of the fountains there (picture above). It just a shallow pond, but that was not the point. Only after his friends took his pictures, he wears his bath robe back. Need to remind you, it was like 15 degree Celsius on that day. Sigh, he must a man with a hot body (literally).
Just a reminder, when you are travelling abroad, please keep your pants intact with you all the time, especially when you are in public areas. In some part of the world, this kind of behavior may be taken as an entertainment, but others may feel that you are offending their culture. Have a nice day!