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Japanese have a canny disguise (Fear of muggers prompts vending machine camouflage)
The Sun (U.K.) ; Various ^ | October 22, 2007

Posted on 10/23/2007 1:40:37 PM PDT by Stoat

 
 

Shoe's that ... designer hides with only her feet poking out

Shoe's that ... designer hides with only her feet poking out

 

 

Japanese have a canny disguise

 

Published: Today

 
 
 
 

CANNY Japanese folk have found a way to hide from muggers – by disguising themselves as VENDING MACHINES.

They wear this amazing cloth outfit which transforms from a skirt to look like a Coca-Cola dispenser.

Then they blend into the background to dodge muggers plaguing the streets of Tokyo. The only giveaway is the pair of feet sticking out of the bottom.

Designer Aya Tsukioka, 29, said the outfits were inspired by ancient ninjas, who wore black robes to blend in with the night. She added: “It is just easier for Japanese to hide. Making a scene would be too embarrassing.”

Her other creations include a back-pack that looks like a fire hydrant and a manhole cover shoulder bag.

 

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Amazing ... cloth outfit as skirt before transformation

Cool ... Aya shows outfit transformation

Fizzing clever ... disguise blends in

 


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LIVENEWS.com.au Off the wall Japanese dress like vending machines to avoid crime

Japanese dress like vending machines to avoid crime

Jesse Perez

 

Japanese dress like vending machines to avoid crime
22/10/2007 3:54:00 PM.
Although crime rates are actually decreasing in Japan, an experimental fashion designer has found a new way to shield herself from any potential attackers - by dressing like a vending machine to blend into the Tokyo surroundings.

Aya Tsukioka invented the strange design in the hope that it will ease Japan's increasing fear of crime.

An acute anxiety about safety is emerging amongst the Japanese - which has been fanned by sensationalist news media. But instead of conventional crime deterrents like pepper spray or tazers, they are devising a new array of novel solutions. Some are high tech, others are odd, but all of them reflect a uniquely Japanese sensibility.

“It is just easier for Japanese to hide,” Ms. Tsukioka said of her vending machine outfit. “Making a scene would be too embarrassing.” She said her disguise was inspired by a trick used by the ancient ninja, who cloaked themselves in black blankets at night.

Off the wall says: She's not totally safe from an attack. How many times have you kicked a vending machine when it didn't work?


1 posted on 10/23/2007 1:40:39 PM PDT by Stoat
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So, as I understand it, the idea here is that when you are walking on the street and you witness a mugging, instead of rendering assistance to the victim or restraining the thief or calling for police, you can now hide.

Astonishing.

2 posted on 10/23/2007 1:44:47 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Stoat

The real threat is molestation at the hands of people reaching in the slot in an attempt to steal a soda.


3 posted on 10/23/2007 1:45:28 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Greed is NOT a conservative ideal.)
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To: Stoat

Their kung fu is not strong.


4 posted on 10/23/2007 1:46:22 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (Islam is a clown car with guns.)
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To: cripplecreek
The real threat is molestation at the hands of people reaching in the slot in an attempt to steal a soda.

As well as perverts using these in order to get near children looking for a sweet drink.

5 posted on 10/23/2007 1:47:01 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Stoat

That’s all well and good until someone starts jamming coins in your ass.


6 posted on 10/23/2007 1:47:38 PM PDT by agooga (Struggling every day to be worthy of their sacrifice.)
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To: Psycho_Bunny

That’s chinese, I think. Japs were Karate.


7 posted on 10/23/2007 1:48:03 PM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Kol Hakavod Fred Thompson)
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To: Stoat

This would be a great way TO CATCH muggers. Policeman hides in fake machine and watches for muggers..........


8 posted on 10/23/2007 1:48:04 PM PDT by Red Badger ( We don't have science, but we have consensus.......)
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To: Stoat

I like the way we do it in Texas. We disguise ourselves as gunmen.


9 posted on 10/23/2007 1:48:17 PM PDT by Nachoman (My guns and my ammo, they comfort me.)
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To: cripplecreek

Try to put a quarter in her and get busted for solicitation of prostitution.


10 posted on 10/23/2007 1:49:12 PM PDT by Deaf Smith
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To: Stoat

Maybe they should try the Jedi Mind Trick.

“This is not the mugging victim you’re looking for.”


11 posted on 10/23/2007 1:49:22 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Stoat

Or, you can videotape it and make fun of the victim.

12 posted on 10/23/2007 1:49:32 PM PDT by Yo-Yo (USAF, TAC, 12th AF, 366 TFW, 366 MG, 366 CRS, Mtn Home AFB, 1978-81)
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To: Stoat

Note to self: do NOT purchase cut-rate camo at Cheaper Than Dirt for deer hunting season...


13 posted on 10/23/2007 1:49:53 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Stoat

I once saw my drunken ex-wife turn into a wall.


14 posted on 10/23/2007 1:50:01 PM PDT by TC Rider (The United States Constitution ? 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: Nachoman
I like the way we do it in Texas. We disguise ourselves as gunmen.

Hee, hee, Yes! And so very realistically too!

-ccm

15 posted on 10/23/2007 1:50:16 PM PDT by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order.)
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To: Stoat

So Japanese girls now become transformers. Cute idea, but I don’t think it’s realistic.


16 posted on 10/23/2007 1:50:45 PM PDT by DeweyCA
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To: Stoat

I’d rather have a couple of full cans of coke in a sock to hit them with.


17 posted on 10/23/2007 1:51:16 PM PDT by DejaJude
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To: Stoat

When I was in Sasebo in 83 to 85, I was amazed at the amount of Beer machines on the streets... Yes, you could stop yer car, put in a few Yen and get ya a keg complete with pour spout!

Great place!!


18 posted on 10/23/2007 1:51:58 PM PDT by sit-rep
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To: Stoat

Why not disguise yourself as a douchebag, which is what you’ll look like anyway wearing a vending machine costume.


19 posted on 10/23/2007 1:52:10 PM PDT by Callahan
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To: Slings and Arrows

“Terrified Sissy Fashion” ping


21 posted on 10/23/2007 1:56:44 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: DeweyCA

I’d like to see her try and get on the Tokyo subway at rush hour wearing that thing! :-)

You gotta love Japan, though. Even the weird ideas they occasionally have are somehow endearing.


22 posted on 10/23/2007 1:56:48 PM PDT by puroresu (Enjoy ASIAN CINEMA? See my Freeper page for recommendations (updated!).)
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To: Stoat

That’s stupid.


23 posted on 10/23/2007 1:57:25 PM PDT by al_c
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To: Billthedrill
Note to self: do NOT purchase cut-rate camo at Cheaper Than Dirt for deer hunting season...

???

24 posted on 10/23/2007 1:57:43 PM PDT by Fido969 ("The hardest thing in the world to understand is income tax." - Albert Einstein)
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To: agooga
"That’s all well and good until someone starts jamming coins in your ass."

And then they start pounding the machine to dislodge the stuck Coke.

25 posted on 10/23/2007 1:58:06 PM PDT by joebuck
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To: Stoat
It is just easier for Japanese to hide. Making a scene would be too embarrassing.
Ah so, isn't that special.
26 posted on 10/23/2007 1:58:44 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Stoat

What will be weird is if it works in Japan.


27 posted on 10/23/2007 2:01:05 PM PDT by Dead Dog
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To: Stoat
Why not just curl up in a ball and beg an attacker not to hurt you?

Disgusting.

28 posted on 10/23/2007 2:01:38 PM PDT by SIDENET (Hubba Hubba...)
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To: Nachoman

QUOTE OF THE DAY winner!


29 posted on 10/23/2007 2:01:59 PM PDT by ASOC (Yeah, well, maybe - but can you *prove* it?)
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To: Stoat

Correct. It would be too embarrassing to do anything else.


30 posted on 10/23/2007 2:02:21 PM PDT by stevio ((NRA))
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To: oh8eleven
It is just easier for Japanese to hide. Making a scene would be too embarrassing.

Ah so, isn't that special.

And rendering assistance to a nice lady who is being beaten to death for her purse might cause you to stand out from the crowd and get your hands dirty. 

Can't have that.

31 posted on 10/23/2007 2:03:12 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: joebuck

I suppose you could lodge a Coke can between your thighs and drop it whenever someone starts sticking quarters in your bum.


32 posted on 10/23/2007 2:03:35 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Ron Paul put the cuckoo in my Cocoa Puffs)
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To: sit-rep

33 posted on 10/23/2007 2:04:43 PM PDT by puroresu (Enjoy ASIAN CINEMA? See my Freeper page for recommendations (updated!).)
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To: Stoat

Time to bring a few Samurai back to walk the streets.


34 posted on 10/23/2007 2:07:04 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Greed is NOT a conservative ideal.)
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To: stevio
Correct. It would be too embarrassing to do anything else.

It's so nice to know that if I am ever walking down the street in Japan and am attacked by a mugger, instead of rushing to my aid the people in the vicinity will instantly transform into vending machines and allow the mugger to carry on..

How very comforting and welcoming.

35 posted on 10/23/2007 2:08:17 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: Stoat
On the value of not being seen...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4ZnGprplKU

36 posted on 10/23/2007 2:10:45 PM PDT by frithguild (The Freepers moved as a group, like a school of sharks sweeping toward an unaware and unarmed victim)
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To: Fido969

Ever buy anything from Cheaper Than Dirt? Great stuff...but sometimes their buyers pretty much take whatever’s available...


37 posted on 10/23/2007 2:13:13 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: frithguild
On the value of not being seen...

LMAO!!!  :-)

38 posted on 10/23/2007 2:13:16 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: agooga

ROTFLMAO! Best post of the day!


39 posted on 10/23/2007 2:13:25 PM PDT by SoKatt
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To: DeweyCA
So Japanese girls now become transformers.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDAkhRhEIkk

40 posted on 10/23/2007 2:15:00 PM PDT by Doomonyou (Let them eat lead.)
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To: Stoat
It works!


41 posted on 10/23/2007 2:15:39 PM PDT by Rb ver. 2.0 (The WOT will end when pork products are weaponized)
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To: frithguild

I can beat that...
http://youtube.com/watch?v=OQWxIrSRDQQ


42 posted on 10/23/2007 2:19:54 PM PDT by PetroniusMaximus
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To: Nachoman
I like the way we do it in Texas. We disguise ourselves as gunmen.

LOL. I wonder if the swan dress that Bjork wore was an Iceland disguise.

43 posted on 10/23/2007 2:22:12 PM PDT by DejaJude
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To: DejaJude

Ah, but what would the French do in this situation????


44 posted on 10/23/2007 2:33:57 PM PDT by aviator (Armored Pest Control)
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Cool ... Aya shows outfit transformation

Yes, hiding from danger is the epitome of cool.

Yep.

45 posted on 10/23/2007 2:37:01 PM PDT by humblegunner (My KungFu is ten times power.)
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To: cripplecreek; All
Time to bring a few Samurai back to walk the streets.

Hopefully there are still a few left who have enough love for their fellow human beings that they might consider helping the victim of a violent crime rather than simply trying to hide, like a scared little rabbit.

Sadly, there appears to be no widespread embarrassment that an invention such as this would even be considered.  From the New York Times' version of this story:

But the devices’ creators also argue that Japan’s ideas about crime prevention are a product of deeper cultural differences. While Americans want to protect themselves from criminals, or even strike back, the creators say many Japanese favor camouflage and deception, reflecting a culture that abhors self-assertion, even in self-defense.

Fearing Crime, Japanese Wear the Hiding Place - New York Times

46 posted on 10/23/2007 2:38:29 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: humblegunner
Cool ... Aya shows outfit transformation

Yes, hiding from danger is the epitome of cool.

Yep.

The Sun's complimentary descriptions of this invention are one of the reasons why I chose the Sun version out of dozens available on this story.....that and that they included a photo sequence of the actual transformation....most other articles just showed the 'garment' in the 'camouflage' configuration. 

It seems that the Sun's writers, or at least some of them, find the notion of sticking their heads in the sand to avoid unpleasantness quite appealing.  Very telling and very sad.

47 posted on 10/23/2007 3:00:19 PM PDT by Stoat (Rice / Coulter 2008: Smart Ladies for a Strong America)
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To: aviator
Ah, but what would the French do in this situation????

Disguise themselves as a Muslim "youth"?

48 posted on 10/23/2007 3:02:43 PM PDT by DejaJude
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To: Stoat

Just better hope that no one needs change to call the President.

49 posted on 10/23/2007 3:02:46 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (May the heirs of Charles Martel and Jan Sobieski rise up again to defend Europe.)
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To: Yo-Yo; MotleyGirl70; Cagey; Mr. Brightside; Rb ver. 2.0; lesser_satan; Taffini; jdm; countess; ...
So nowadays instead of finding their "kat-ra," they find their "col-a."

BTW, if anyone drops off any empty soda cans, they can bring them to Michigan and get 10 cents back. Maybe offer to drive the overflow mail ship on Mother's Day.

50 posted on 10/23/2007 3:11:56 PM PDT by Larry Lucido (Hunter 2008)
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