Naoya Kudo went dwelling to Akita Prefecture in Japan final month for the Golden Week vacation — every week the place many individuals in Japan have off to have a good time a collection of holidays— and with an excessive amount of free time on his fingers, determined to decorate his 84-year-old granddad, Tetsuya, in a few of his high-fashion outfits.

Kudo shared a few of the images he took of his granddad carrying his clothes on Twitter, the place they rapidly went viral.


Kudo instructed BuzzFeed Information that the 2 staged photograph shoots at areas the place Tetsuya, a former chemistry trainer, had private connections.

These included fields and seashores across the household dwelling and the center college the place Tetsuya was a principal.

“He was surprisingly obsessed with it,” Kudo mentioned. “He gave quite a lot of strategies about the place to shoot and different issues.”

“The remainder of the household went wild once they first noticed him dressed up,” he added.

“It was fairly a change to see my rural grandpa, who has little interest in trend, in outfits he would by no means take into account carrying on his personal,” Kudo mentioned.

“Nevertheless, issues like my grandpa’s lengthy johns and muscle ache patches he forgot to take away added a pleasant private contact,” he mentioned.

Kudo has since began an Instagram account for his grandpa, which already has greater than 45,000 followers.

Kudo mentioned Tetsuya has change into much more standard than he anticipated, gaining roughly 10,000 followers in a single day.

Kudo runs the Instagram and mentioned he nonetheless has quite a lot of content material of Tetsuya to share, so the undertaking will proceed into the foreseeable future.

He mentioned that he would ultimately wish to put collectively an album or photograph exhibition for Tetsuya, as his granddad doesn’t use social media.

“It might be good if we might get a few of his former college students to point out up as properly,” he added.


Tetsuya is 84 years previous. An earlier model of this submit misstated his age.

This submit was translated from Japanese.