Collection: Japanese Hokkaido Airborne CAMO
The first contemporary camouflage pattern of Japanese design was introduced circa 1965 on the "Type 1 Camouflage Uniform." The design, having black, reddish-brown, and medium green woodland shapes on a pale green background, was initially issued to members of the 1st Airborne Brigade and is often associated with that unit. Some Japanese sources have referred to the design colloquially as "Hokkaido," "Northern," and "Kunai" camouflage, the latter of which may refer to a medieval trowel or hand-tool with a spike on one end. By 1980, a second version of the camouflage pattern had been printed. The early version of this camouflage design has earned the nickname "gapped" due to the appearance of gaps between some of the shapes in the design not present in the later version; however, close examination reveals that, in fact, there are distinctive differences in the shapes found within the early (1st) and later (2nd) versions. By the early 1980s, the pattern would see use by conventional Japanese ground units. Within Western collecting circles, the pattern is sometimes referred to as "Fang" pattern. This design became outdated in 1992 with the introduction of the "dots" design.