Urban Camouflage

Urban Camouflage-"Fearing Crime, Japanese Wear the Hiding Place"

Urban Camouflage-

Browsing through the internet, I found an interesting article from 2007 in the New York Times that discusses a new type of “camouflage.” According to the article, the fear of growing crime rates have spawned a new type of “defense.” As seen in the image above and in other images located at the following website: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/20/world/asia/20japan.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

A Japanese designer has created fashion that resembles objects in the everyday cityscape of Japan–such as the vending machine.

The article also discusses an interesting point about the culture difference. According to the article, the decision to use camouflage instead of retaliation/confrontation is a manifestation of Japanese culture/society—“… 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”(MARTIN FACKLER).


2 Responses to “Urban Camouflage”

  1. 2weeks2long Says:

    i feel like doing this would make them even a bigger target

  2. i agree, i feel like immediate action would be taken against this artist. I saw something very similiar with an art group who performed nude within a very large street festival.

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