Saturday, October 27, 2007

About to be Mugged? Turn into a Coke Machine

"It's easy to just write up some Japanese inventions as nonsense, but let's face it, even the most outlandish innovations coming out of the land of the rising sun will probably be common place on our side of the Pacific in a decade or so. It's with that in mind that I present Aya Tsukioka's urban camouflage.

Street crime, while still not as prevalent as it is here, is a growing crime in Japan. In the States, we've adopted various method for combating threats to our personal safety, like increased police presence, public cameras, and arming the public, all of which have been met with varying degrees of success.

Tsukioka, an "experimental clothing designer," has taken a decidedly more Looney Tunes-esque approach with her latest line. The New York Times took a trip to Tokyo to visit the designer, who lifted up a flap on her bright red skirt, transforming herself into a walking soda vending machine.

Tsukioka has produced a line of similarly-themed accessories, including a purse that looks like a manhole cover and a bag that turns into a Japanese fire hydrant. "These ideas might strike foreigners as far-fetched," she told The Times, "but in Japan, they can become reality."

For $800, you can bring the reality of a wearable vending machine home."

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