Month: September 2012

How a Koo Wee Rup-Ture Created the Legendary Aisha the Geisha

Aisha the Geisha in Koo Wee Rup with her favorite sheep, Baaabara.

Becoming a geisha, a practitioner of Japan’s arts in a rigidly controlled, hierarchical society with customs dating back centuries, takes a rare kind of inner strength, and doubly so as a foreigner in a world insular even for the generally inward-looking Japanese.

Aisha adds some Japanese refinement to the ancient Australian tradition of smoko.

A Koo Wee Rup cutie displayed such power after being mercilessly dumped by her Nar Nar Goon goon as she wrenched herself away from the attractions of asparagus farming, booted the Blundstones, rammed the shears and shoved aside all the old cows’ bullshit to create the legend of Aisha the Geisha.
Aisha dedicated herself to embodying Japan’s tradition-seeped, delicate, refined arts where every move is executed with a deft touch, grace of movement and smidgen of coquettishness.

Aisha the Geisha about the silence the lambs….

Yet, learning the ancient arts of seduction didn’t necessarily require Aisha to forget about her roots, or cast down her hoe. Indeed, while trying to woo back her errant asparaguser, Aisha remained ever-adept at cow-patting and spark plugging while using her new-found charms to bring elegance to a typical smoko and display her social conscience by campaigning for geisha cyclists’ rights.
Memoirs of an Aisha tells the compelling tale of an Aussie farm girl’s troubles in Tokyo, providing a light-hearted look at a lass from Down Under’s jolly jaunt in Japan, a land where comedy is taken with earnest seriousness.

Memoirs of an Aisha
Rue Bebelons
267 Little Lonsdale Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
DATES: 26-30 Sept and 1 Oct
TIME: 7.00pm, Sun 8.30pm, Mon 6.30pm (50min)
Full: $15
TO BOOK visit or call (03) 9660 9666
Marc Corley
Melbourne Fringe Festival
Memoirs of an Aisha

Sept. 26 to Oct. 14, 2012
Memoirs of an Aisha Media Release
Melbourne Fringe Festival ’12

Gangnam Bogan Style! K-Pop大ヒットの豪ダサイ風パロディ版が注目を浴びている

Melbourne Style

今、韓国K-PopアーティストPSYの「江南スタイル」が世界中に大ヒットが、数多くのパロディ版も発表され、その中オージーのダサイ文化を称える「ボーガン」風のMelbourne Styleが注目を浴びている。
K-Pop artist PSY may have scored a massive global hit with his catchy Gangnam Style, but he’s also inspired plenty of parodies, including Gangnam – Melbourne Style!, a version that celebrates Australia’s bogan culture of the unfashionable.

Incidentally, the original Gangnam Style is here.

The dance mimicking a lasso-wielding horse-rider in Gangnam Style is often cited as a source of the hit’s success, but some among Japan’s Net community say PSY has ripped off moves from an ad produced here years ago by Yellow Cab, a car accessories seller. That video is here. What do you reckon?

‘Die Jockey,’ ‘Pyscho,’ ‘Odds Calais Summer Days’ & Hugh Jackman’s Other Japanese Lessons

Hugh Jackman while in Japan recently to film the latest installment of the “Wolverine” series of movies.

“Psycho,” “Die Jockey!” and “Odds Calais Summer Days” were some of the phrases given on a Japanese language cheat sheet Hollywood heartthrob Hugh Jackman used recently in Japan while here to film the latest installment of the Wolverine movies.
Far from being anything sinister, though, Psycho was the description given for saiko, awesome, great, outstanding, the best, Die jockey! the rendition of dai jokki, a large beer glass, and Odds Calais Summer Days, which sounds something akin to a vacation on the French coast, but actually refers to otsukaresamadesu, a largely meaningless phrase used to encourage or praise a colleague upon completing a task and that literally translates to “you are honorably tired.”
ジャックマン氏のヒント・シートには「最高」がPyscho(精神病質者< サイコ>)、大ジョッキーがDie Jockey!(騎士、死ね!)とお疲れ様ですがOdds Calais Summer Days(オッズ、<フランスの>カレー夏のの日々)となっていた。
Jackman’s cheat sheet contained some fairly creative examples, but it’s hard to deny they weren’t pretty accurate. They’d also likely give him a handy rudimentary glossary of important terms for his stay in Japan.
Here’s part of the list, courtesy of designer/planner Misuzu Wakaki.
デザイナー・プラナーのWakaki Misuzu氏により、同ヒント・シートの一部は下記にある。

Hugh Jackman’s Japanese Cheat Sheet