what will those crazy japanese think up next? October 25, 2007Posted by KG in arts/culture, comedy, international, misc, news, style, tech.
Tags: attire, camouflage, crime, dress, experimental fashion, fashion, inventions, japanese, ninja, oddball, skirt, vending-machine
apparently crime deterring camouflage vending-machine dresses is what. or rather, crime-transferring, orrr possibly even crime increasing, for when criminals (and amazed onlookers/bystanders) laugh at the absurdity of someone wearing a camouflage vending-machine dress and decide to assault them for the hell of it.
for your laughing pleasure:
Deftly, Ms. Tsukioka, a 29-year-old experimental fashion designer, lifted a flap on her skirt to reveal a large sheet of cloth printed in bright red with a soft drink logo partly visible. By holding the sheet open and stepping to the side of the road, she showed how a woman walking alone could elude pursuers — by disguising herself as a vending machine.
These elaborate defenses are coming at a time when crime rates are actually declining in Japan. But the Japanese, sensitive to the slightest signs of social fraying, say they feel growing anxiety about safety, fanned by sensationalist news media. Instead of pepper spray, though, they are devising a variety of novel solutions, some high-tech, others quirky, but all reflecting a peculiarly Japanese sensibility.
“It is just easier for Japanese to hide,” Ms. Tsukioka said. “Making a scene would be too embarrassing.” She said her vending machine disguise was inspired by a trick used by the ancient ninja, who cloaked themselves in black blankets at night.
So far, she said, she has sold about 20 vending-machine skirts for about $800 each, printing and sewing each by hand.
She said she had never heard of a skirt’s actually preventing a crime. But on a recent afternoon in Tokyo, bystanders stared as she unfolded the sheet. But once she stood behind it next to a row of actual vending machines, the image proved persuasive enough camouflage that passers-by did not seem to notice her.
while i question the effectiveness of this strategy, i must admit it is pretty cool.
props and points for japanese creativity…thinking outside the box…and inside the…rectangle…shaped..vending..machine?