Look: Japanese Father Designs a Creative T-shirt that Tricks his Son into Giving him a Back Massage

This Japanese father is being praised online for his innovative creation that allows his young son to play while also giving him a relaxing back massage.

Japanese Twitter user Ken Kawamoto @kenkawakenkenkem recently tweeted about his specially designed T-shirt that makes good use of his son’s love and passion for trains. The creative father, who happens to be a Google software engineer by profession, came up with this ingenious creation to make his son happy and at the same time for him to relax.

In his Twitter post, Ken shared a video of his son running a toy train along with his back. At first sight, you will think that it’s a new kind of game, but it’s actually his great idea to trick his son so he can also have a quick remedy for a sore back.

Ken calls the brilliant piece of garment as “The T-shirt that gets you a massage from your kids just by plopping down on the floor.”

He designed a T-shirt with a train track graphic on the back that allows his son to play with his favorite trains, and provide him a proper massage as the toy runs across his back.

The front of the shirt is plain white, while the back has drawings of multiple tracks, a handful of station signs, and even a pond for decoration.

The illustrated rail network includes some helpful station signage: “Right Shoulder,” “Left Shoulder,” Spine,” and “Lower Back.” With these, he just needs to ask his son to run his trains along the routes where he’s feeling the most tension.

By instructing his son to “send the express train from Spine Station to Right Shoulder,” means the trains must go extra-fast, allowing him to get a “more vigorous” massage.

As expected, many netizens were impressed with this father’s clever idea and left comments on the post:

“This is the greatest idea I’ve seen in years.”

“You can play with your kid and get a massage at the same time? Awesome!”


“You’re a genius.”

The good news is Ken Kawamoto, who also previously created an equally impressive shirt with rock-climbing wall grips is offering his train/massage shirt to other parents.

This shirt comes in 6 colors, a wide range of sizes and is now available online for 2,400 yen (US$22).