Popular Japanese Woman Biker Turns Out To A 50-Year-Old Man Using FaceApp

I feel so betrayed.

If, like me, you’re not familiar with the Japanese motorbike scene, then you’d be forgiven for not knowing about the @azusagakuyuki Twitter account – a page dedicated to the biking exploits of a delightful young Japanese lady named Azusa.

Azusa has 20,000 followers and is something of a big deal in Japan’s motorbike scene. Although that might change now that a Japanese TV show revealed that Azusa is really just a 50-year-old Japanese bloke using FaceApp. Whoops!

The truth only came to light after Azusa’s followers realised that no one had ever seen her in person, and also spotted a reflection of a middle-aged man from the rear mirror in one of her photos. That prompted the Japanese TV show to track ‘Azusa’ down and discover the 50-year-old man behind the selfies.

The man named Zonggu confessed he had been using the face-changing app to make himself appear as a beautiful young woman because he wants to share pictures of him cycling but “nobody wants to see an uncle”.

In the past, only a dozen people would like my photos, but now I gained more than a thousand likes.

Wow. Here’s more of Mr. Zonggu’s digital trickery:

Despite how betrayed the Japanese biking community must feel right now, I actually understand why Zonggu had to do this. The guy has this huge passion and knowledge for bikes, amazing free-flowing hair, and knows his way around social media. But no one was interested in what he had to say until he transformed himself into a woman in her early 20s. As soon as he did that he started racking up a following and turned himself into a legend.

Yeah it’s true that social media can be a brutal place for women but it’s also true much of the power of social media is wielded by women. If you’re an attractive female model, especially in a niche scene like Japanese motorbiking, then you’re basically all-powerful. Zonggu not only figured that out but proved it as well. We may not ever be able to trust him again, but I think we can all find it in our hearts to forgive him. Fair play to you, Mr. Zonggu. Fair play indeed.

For a look at Japan’s renowned 1970s rockabilly scene, click HERE. Awesome.


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