Month: June 2014

Downpour in Tokyo

Not really related to Kangaeroo.com, but an amazing downpour hit Tokyo on the afternoon of June 29, 2014, and it deserved to be recorded.
Fortunately, nobody appears to have been injured in the massive deluge that struck the capital that had been basking in glorious sunshine just minutes earlier (and would return to relatively fine conditions within an hour).
So much for climate change deniers…

Osaka’s Touch of Australia’s Great Wave


The 1970 Osaka World Expo was a boon for Japan’s second-largest city, then, like the rest of the country, enjoying the postwar boom that propelled Japan from the brink of destruction to being the No. 2 economic power in the world.
Pavilion1970年に行われた大阪万国博覧会は、当時高度成長期真っ最中商業地域であり日本第二都市である大阪にとって世界に披露する機会を与え、思い切ってその素晴らしさを見せた。
Better PavilionAustralia, too, was still enjoying unprecedented prosperity in 1970, and it showed with its amazing pavilion at the Osaka showcase.
当時、オーストラリアも景気が良かったし、万博で見せたご立派な「オーストラリア館」もその証拠と言えるだろう。
The pavilion, modeled on Katsushika Hokusai‘s The Great Wave at Kanagawa, was at the end of the Expo donated to Yokkaichi, Mie Prefecture, which is Sydney’s sister city. It was supposed to be a symbol of the “eternal” friendship between Japan and Australia.
北斎「神奈川沖浪裏」をモチーフにした同館は、万博終了後シドニーの姉妹都市である三重県四日市市に移動し、日豪友情の「永遠シンボル」として博物館などとして使われた。
After almost 45 years, and picking up a giant platypus used in the 2005 Aichi World Expo along the way, the Australia Pavilion was condemned in November 2013 and will be demolished, though it currently remains in place.
が、2005年愛知万博で展示した巨大カモノハシを展示などを含めてほぼ45年間日本でオーストラリアのシンボルとして存在した同館は、2013年11月廃棄することが決定された。2014年6月現在、まだ四日市市にあるままが、取り壊されるのが時間の問題だ。

Cop a Gander of these, too, Cobber…
Nissan Bluebird Oozui: When Australia (Briefly) Exported Cars to Japan
Aussies Exposed to Radiation in Japan – 65 Years Ago
Oops! Austrian textbook error sparks online calls for Japanese to boycott Aussie Beef
The Strine Why Atorkin: Plain English
日本人移民、オーストラリアの米産業成功の父となる

Australian Football’s Tokyo Area ‘Samurai’ Off to the World Cup



Australia rarely makes the news in Japan, so it’s interesting to see it on the front page of the Asahi newspaper June 4 evening edition.
The story is about Japan’s Aussie Rules team, the Samurais, who’ll be battling it out in the International Cup starting from June 8.
Japan has a really small, but thriving, Australian Rules competition, with two leagues (including several all-Japanese teams), the Eastern League, centering on Tokyo and surrounding areas, and the Western League, comprising Osaka and Nagoya.

Here’s an excerpt from the Asahi report:

サッカー・ワールドカップ(W杯)大会が迫るなか、「世界で最も激しい」というフットボールの世界大会も8月に開かれる。それってラグビー? いえいえ、オーストラリアンフットボール。豪州では国技と言われる大人気のプロスポーツだ。5大会連続で出場する日本代表も、追い込みに入っている。

A translation: Just as the soccer World Cup is about to hit us, another football world championship — this one promising to be the world’s toughest — is going to start in August. What’s it for? Rugby? Nope. Aussie Rules. It’s the national sport in Australia and a professional sport. Japan’s national team has taken part in the past five International Cups and it’s about to take part in the next one.

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