There but for the grace of god go I. At least I know TokyoPlayer can account for his whereabouts today.
It hasn’t yet reached the English language newspapers here, but all the Japanese news sites are running the story. A 40-year-old tourist from Spain, visiting the Imperial Palace in Tokyo with a tour group, began ranting that his bag was lost, stripped naked, and jumped into the (rather filthy) moat.
Some police paddled out on a boat to… well, I don’t know what they hoped to accomplish, but the man chased them away with a rock. He then got out of the water and ran around a bit, panicking the police until they brought out the man-catchers and drove him back into the water. He then climbed up the high inner wall of the moat (knocking a few of the large stones out in the process) and sat on the grass until they finally came to take him away.
Not sure if he was drunk or mentally unstable, but the rest of his tour group will certainly have some interesting stories to tell when they get back home.
There’s a discussion over at the FuckedGaijin boards with more information:
http: //www.fuckedgaijin.com/forums/showthread.php?t=21585 (NSFW: Youtube links, photos of naked rampaging tourist, crude avatars, etc.)
This may be cruel of me, but I can’t watch the news footage without laughing my ass off.