Posted by: shoji | October 20, 2007

Hide inside the vending machine

Japanese society and “its fondness for oddball ideas and inventions.” Anyone who’s seen the Japanese gameshows will appreciate the oddball nature.

The Iron Chef (the original, Japanese version) is in this lovable genre– just think of Chairman Kaga.

The NYT article below says it all. If you’re not up for reading it, just look at the photo.
Japanese vending machine disguise
Source: NYT

Fearing Crime, Japanese Wear the Hiding Place – New York Times
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. The wearer hides behind the sheet, printed with an actual-size photo of a vending machine. Ms. Tsukioka’s clothing is still in development, but she already has several versions, including one that unfolds from a kimono and a deluxe model with four sides for more complete camouflaging.



  1. […] some people just never encountered these things in their normal lives before coming here- the whole vending machine thing, for instance, or the segregated garbage- things which I had assumed normal people couldn’t […]

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