Month: December 2012


New Year's Eve fireworks over Sydney Harbor.

New Year’s Eve fireworks over Sydney Harbor.

One of the world’s most renowned New Year’s Eve parties takes place annually in Sydney, Australia’s oldest and largest city.
Just as Japan has a New Year’s Eve tradition of the Red-White Singing Contest, Sydney’s custom to mark the end of one year and herald the start of another involves setting off fireworks with its famous harbor bridge and opera house as a backdrop.
People come from all over the world to celebrate the midsummer fireworks spectacle, with this year’s celebrants including Hollywood superstars Leonardo di Caprio and Jamie Foxx, who plan to welcome the new year in Sydney, then hop onto a private jet and fly to Las Vegas to take advantage of the time difference and be ready to greet the start of 2013 all over again.
About 1 million people are expected to see Sydney’s New Year’s Eve fireworks live, while another estimated 1 billion worldwide will watch the event on television.
Kylie Minogue

Kylie Minogue

Sydney’s fireworks are a comparatively recent event, starting in the 1980s, but with the city’s iconic landmarks only taking center stage in annual events that began only in 1996. Australian superstar singer Kylie Minogue will be a producer of this year’s fireworks display.
Incidentally — and ironically considering the fame of Sydney’s fireworks — Aussies have a complicated relationship with fireworks. Although most Japanese regard fireworks as a symbol of summer and setting them off is a tradition with crackers and the like on sale in stores nationwide, it has been almost impossible since the 1970s for individual Australians to buy fireworks, which are banned for individual use, ostensibly due to the danger of fire in the tinderbox dry heat of the summer Down Under.

Sydney New Year’s Eve Official Site


Australia is, in a way, flavor of the month of sorts in Japan at the moment.

That exalted status is thanks to the humble TimTam.
IMG_6258 今、日本のどこのコンビニーでも売られているし、多くの駅売店でも販売されている。
TimTam biscuits are now sold in just about all of Japan’s ubiquitous convenience stores and most station kiosks in the capital and surrounding prefectures.
TimTam biscuits were first made in Australia in 1963. They are comprised of two biscuits sandwich cream filling and covered entirely in chocolate. They have become a symbol of Australia.
However, ownership of Arnott’s Biscuits Holdings, the company that produces TimTams, has fallen into the hands of Campbell Soup, an American company.
IMG_6259 これによって同ビスケットが日本を含めて世界中に楽しめるようになった。 
This led to TimTam biscuits being sold throughout the world, incluing to Japan.
However, it also prompted Dick Smith, a nationalist Australian businessman, to come up with Temptin’ biscuits, a fully Australian-owned biscuit that bore an extremely close resemblance to the TimTam and went on sale in 2003.
Arnott’s responded by suing Smith and the two parties came to a settlement that ended their bikkie war.
TimTamFlavors 日本では、このビスケットがキャンベル・ジャパンが販売している。
Campbell Soup Japan sells the biscuits in this country.
 今、日本ではOriginal, Dark Chocolate, Classic Dark, WhiteとChewy Caramel味の上に細長い版Fingersが販売されている。
Currrently, the TimTam flavors on sale in Japan are the Original, Dark Chocolate, Classic Dark, White and Chewy Caramel biscuits, as well as the Fingers snacks.
 しかし、オーストラリアでは上記の味の他にRum Raisin, Chewy Choc Fudge, Mocha Coffee, Chilli Choc Fling, Tia Maria, Double Coat, Creamy Truffle Temptation, Black Forest Fantasy, Hazelnut PralineとLove Potion味で販売されている。
TimTamTiaMariaIn Australia, TimTam biscuits currently or formerly on sale included the above flavors as well as Rum Raisin, Chewy Choc Fudge, Mocha Coffee, Chilli Choc Fling, Tia Maria, Double Coat, Creamy Truffle Temptation, Black Forest Fantasy, Hazelnut Praline and Love Potion,
In addition to these flavors, it’s also possible to buy Cheese TimTam biscuits in Indonesia
Cheese TimTam 日本で販売されているが他が販売されていないTimTamは、ボックス型包装で、ひと箱何個かが入っている商品だ。
Japan’s multi-packet boxes are a TimTam sales form not found in Australia.
The TimTam Slam is a well-known method of consuming the biscuit.
This involves taking a small bite out of the corners at diagonals on a TimTam, dipping the biscuit into a beverage such as coffee or tea, and then sucking the beverage through the holes created in the TimTam, allowing for a taste of the bikkie while consuming the drink.

What’s a bikkie?
Oh, a bikkie is this, too.
Arnott’s Australia
Campbell Japan TimTam Page