Kanu Koalaは、オーストラリアで泳ぐコアラに付けられた名前だ。コアラは１日22時間寝るので、ユーカリの木の葉っぱを取るか木と木の間に移すことぐらいしか動く姿を見せない。が、Kanu Koalaはかなり違うようだ！映像が世界中に大ヒット中。
Kanu Koala is the name being given to a swimming (!) koala. Footage of the mighty marsupial’s exploits are currently going viral. Considering koalas spend 22 hours a day sleeping, it’s rare to see them move much further than reaching out to grab sum gum leaves or change trees. Kanu, however, shows the marsupial is koala-ified to do a whole lot more.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Australia’s disastrous foray into exporting cars to Japan.
For a brief period from 1989 to 1992, fully imported Bluebird Aussie cars made in Australia went on sale in Japan.
The Bluebird Aussie was apparently the result of Nissan Australia’s Matilda Project, which had aimed to make a solely Australian car for Australian conditions, but ended up being a modified bluebird.
Australia was, at the time, at the peak of its powers in the enormously fickle Japanese market.
Thousands of Japanese tourists were flocking Down Under and Australia was on the verge of overtaking Hawaii (albeit very briefly as it turned out) as the most preferred destination for Japanese honeymooners.
Perhaps it was a desire to capitalize on this goodwill toward the land Down Under that prompted Nissan to import cars from Australia, hardly a country with a reputation for automaking.
Nonetheless, with all the very best of “That’ll have to do, mate” quality and offering added extras such as sheepskin seat covers, a free kangaroo stuffed toy, an Aussie flag keyring and Aussie flag sticker under the dashboard clock to entice Japanese punters, the Bluebird Oozui, as the car was labeled for the Japanese market, hit showrooms across the country.
The Bluebird Aussie’s Japanese sales catalog
The Bluebird Aussie was an embarrassing failure in Japan…In fact, of the 44,049,099 new and used car sales in Japan from 1989 to 1992 — the period the Aussie was on sale — the Australian-made hatchback accounted for a mere 1,300 units.
Nissan Australia shut down its manufacturing plant in 1993 and the Aussie was never heard of again…not that many Japanese consumers ever seemed to have heard of it in the first place.