Urban Camouflage

One day, when opening your mailbox, as June approaches, you receive an invitation to your tenth anniversary High School Reunion, a place filled with bitter sweet memories of Prom night. In that moment, pulling out the yearbook and reminiscing of classmates past, replying yes as you asked yourself, “whatever happened to …?”

The thought of escaping back to a previous period of life is engrossing, when pimples ruled the world and anyone with a clear complexion was voted “most photogenic.” The prom queen neatly packaged with tiara, king with scepter in hand ready for the very first dance as the night’s crowned rulers. Anticipation mounts and the day approaches, dressing your best, thinking of Cordellia, old chum Sebastian T. and Mr. Klingenfuss who taught Health and Human Development.

180pxneus1.jpgDown the corridor, through the hallway towards the gym, approaching that moment, you see her standing on the far side of the gym, looking for you. A thought of horror as all you see is her nose. How could she have changed so much in just ten years? It’s time to escape to the corridor before she sees you though you have come prepared with a genius invention to disguise yourself as a Coca Cola vending machine!

The Urban Camouflage can allow anyone to blend into their environment, unnoticed, including potential attackers. Although created in Japan, it can be used around the world to transform and hide from any pursuer. A creation of Aya Tsukioka , “it is just easier to hide, making a scene would be too embarrassing. It was inspired by a trick used by the ancient Ninja, who cloaked themselves in black blankets at night.”

In addition, part of the line she created is “a design to disguise your children as a backpack that transforms into a Japanese fire hydrant“, perhaps to evade bullies. Hide your valuables with the “Manhole Bag”, a purse that can unfold and look like a sewer cover. So far she has sold 20 handmade vending machines at a cost of $800, made of the same material as Kevlar. Ms Tsukioka adds “these ideas might strike foreigners as far-fetched, but in Japan, they can become reality.”

My Percepto rating: 2
5 – EGADS
4 – Does it come in Pepsi lite?
3 – Hopefully no one will be walking the dog when your child is disguised as a fire hydrant
2 – Personally, I prefer the Elven invisibility cloak bestowed upon the Hobbits by Galadriel, Lady of Lothlorien, portrayed in film by Cate Blanchet, an actress of note.
1 – I’m speechless
0 – Absolutely no comment on the “revealing” cultural attitudes behind the reasoning of this creation