November 04, 2007


That's the sound of me spewing ITOEN Green Tea in front of the cybercafe baristas....

 I read the article discussed in this post and thought at first it HAD to be a parody.  I read the article....and read it again....checked the URL. Nope it is a legit article....though "legit" may be too strong a word.

Come ON people....I mean LOOK AT THE FRICKING PHOTO!

(The actual caption reads: 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.)

 Golly willakers! I THOUGHT there were a lot of vending machines over there....I guess I was just not noticing the little tennis shoe shod feets poking from under their cunning disguises.

DAMNIT!! I suck as a ninja!

In all seriousness, this is really kind of alarming.

Bill Keller....put down the crack pipe and move away from the paper.

Actually, when I was in Japan in August, the main thing that people were concerned about crime-wise was a rash of motorcycle thefts.....and children riding double on bikes. One night I missed the last train out of Shibuya, and just wandered the streets of Tokyo for 6 hours overnight. I never felt the need for an ersatz vending machine.
(Though to be honest, I never really gave it any thought)

HT: Chizumatic...who also points out this article that proves that a story can be dumb, bizzare and silly, yet still be actual journalism.

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