We try to resist “Wacky Jap” stories here at DISGRASIAN because so many of them are xenophobic, ricist, repetitive, and just plain lame. The image of the Japanese screeching in castrato voices, giggling uncontrollably, and loving getting their balls slapped is as insidious as the Evil Chinaman-trying-to-poison-you stereotype that appears in the news on a daily basis.
But a New York Times story Saturday about one bizarre device that an “experimental fashion designer” has come up with to prevent crime in Tokyo broke our Wacky Jap moratorium. The device? A vending machine disguise.
This is how it works:
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.
O-kay. Wacky, yes, considering the story states that crime in Japan is in decline, though social anxiety over it is clearly high. But, to be fair, vending machines are everywhere in Tokyo…Tsukioka may be on to something!
All I know is, I think I’ve figured out what I’m going as for Halloween. Ain’t nobody gonna steal candy from me that night!
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