A 51-year-old male schoolgirl? Meet Tokyo's inspirational cross-dresser

Woohoo… Who is this pretty lady?

STORY HIGHLIGHTS Japanese society is generally quite traditional and conservative Following an alternative lifestyle can be difficult, but Hideaki Kobayashi took the plunge a few years ago Dressed as a uniform-clad schoolgirl, he gets a lot of attention, both positive and negative He’s been held up as an example of being true to yourself Tokyo (CNN) — In Japan, a country where structure, conformity and security are bedrocks, it is often hard for individuals to break free and follow […]

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Alec Chan is an intrepid traveler, travel writer, author, speaker, serial entrepreneur and self professed Asia travel ambassador. Traveling all around Asia since 2003, and still traveling, Alec is an accomplished and passionate traveler seeking to bridge the cultural gaps in Asia. Through his unique perspective as a Canadian born Chinese, Alec shares his special insights on Asia to help others around the world to have a better understanding on Asian culture so that they can have a more meaningful, fun, and stress free trip to Asia. Alec has written numerous travel guides on several destinations in Asia and is the editor in chief of AlecTravelGuide.com

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