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Leah Berenson
Leah Berenson
April 1, 2024 ·  4 min read

Man Who Spent $23,000 to ‘Become a Wolf’ Just Wants to be Free of Human Relationships

Some prefer to be social and surrounded by people; meanwhile, others wish to remain under the radar. However, both types of people will go to great lengths to accomplish their desires, embrace their inner child, or make their dreams come true. One introvert known as a “wolf man” has spent thousands of dollars just to avoid contact with people and fulfill his fantasy of becoming one with wolves. If you’re about supporting the notion that people should live their lives the way they want, then you’ll likely love this story, or at least the motivation behind it.

Creating a Wolf Man Suit

32-year-old Toru Ueda paid 23,000 dollars to have a custom wolf suit made, in which he fits to relax and unwind. The wolf man suit took seven weeks to create and required a team of 4 to complete it. And only three face-to-face meetings. However, he exchanged more than 40 emails with the company to finalize all the details, including the coat’s texture and pattern. His only requirements were that the suit be flexible enough for him to walk around and also look as realistic as possible.

Image Credit: Zeppet Workshop

Ueda worked with a company called Zeppet to have the wolf man suit created. The company, based out of Japan, was founded in 1984 but wasn’t established until nearly 30 years later, in 2010. The relatively small company, with only around 25 contracted employees, serves a range of purposes. Mainly, they focus on planning and production of visual content for games, devices, film, and television.

Additionally, they manage and market content from artists and creators. The purpose of the company as a whole, it essentially to specialize in bringing happiness to others through content, media, and entertainment platforms. Proof of that, is how much joy and peace the customized wolf man suit has brought to Toru Ueda.

Feeling Comfortable and Free

When I wear my costume, I feel I’m no longer human. I’m free of human relationships. All kinds of troubles, related to work and other things – I can forget about them,” he said during a recent interview. Ueda enjoys the opportunity to embrace feeling like a wolf. Despite his excitement, he doesn’t wear his wolf man suit outside of his home. He occasionally invites his friends over for a beer. While they don’t partake in dressing up, they do accept and respect his desire to do so.

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Arguing Against Stereotypes

Typically, a “wolf man” would be considered a crazy or dangerous being, generally coming out at night. However, Ueda wants to change people’s minds about what it means to be a wolf man. He stated, “When I look in the mirror, I see a wolf, and that is very moving. I’m not a werewolf — that’s a kind of monster, and I am not a monster.”

Image Credit: Zeppet Workshop

Other Options

Interestingly, Ueda isn’t the only person to work with Zeppet in order to create a personal, lifelike, animal costume. Last year, Toco, another resident of Japan worked with the company to design a Collie suit. Toco explained, “My favorite is quadrupedal animals, especially cute ones. Among them, I thought that a big animal close to me would be good, considering that it would be a realistic model, so I decided to make it a dog. I met such a condition and made collie, my favorite breed of dog.”

Image Credit: Zeppet Workshop

At the time the Collie costume was created, a representative for the company explained part of the process. They stated, “The point is that the skeleton of a dog can be reproduced on the skeleton of a human. Since the structure of the skeleton is very different, we spent a lot of time studying how to make it look like a dog.” Their ability to create an ultrarealistic wolf man suit, and collie suit, highlights the talent and creativity of Zeppet. They clearly have the ability to meet a range of needs. Helping the customer to realize their dreams and ensure satisfaction.

This idea is a little out of the norm and may confuse some people. However, whether you support people “following their bliss“, embracing their inner child, or just making strides to avoid people, there’s bound to be at least one aspect from this story you’ll find easily relatable.

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  2. Man who spent £19,000 to ‘become a wolf’ just wants to be free of human relationships.” LAD Bible. Claire Reid. January 25, 2023.