Another only in Japan story…

Another “only in Japan” and “oh, the Japanese are so quirky” story. Actually, I’m not all that surprised. When I was living there, I saw some TV variety show introduce a line of children’s clothing made out of knife stabbing resistant fabrics. This was a few weeks after a horrific school killing when an elementary school kid stabbed a fellow student to death. Well, we all know well that scared people make good consumers. Like in the US, when we have leaders basically stating that it is their patriotic duty to shop. Alright, go to the mall, fight terrorism. That being said, I really want one of those vending machine outfits now.

Fearing Crime, Japanese Wear the Hiding Place

Torin Boyd/Polaris, for The New York Times

Though street crime is relatively low in Japan, quirky camouflage designs like this vending-machine dress are being offered to an increasingly anxious public to hide from would-be assailants.

By MARTIN FACKLER

Published: October 20, 2007

TOKYO, Oct. 19 — On a narrow Tokyo street, near a beef bowl restaurant and a pachinko parlor, Aya Tsukioka demonstrated new clothing designs that she hopes will ease Japan’s growing fears of crime.

Urban Camouflage

Read the full New York Times article here.