Month: May 2018

Tour of Japan’s Taste of Oz

Bennelong-Swisswellness riders in the peloton at the 2018 Tour of Japan

The Tour of Japan 2018 ended Sunday in Tokyo with Spaniard Marcos Garcia of the Kinan Racing Team claiming the general classification title.
Slovenian Grega Bole of Bahrain-Meridatook the Blue Jersey for the points classification.
Local hero Yuzuru Suzuki took the King of the Mountain crown riding for Utsunomiya Blitzen.
Australia’s own Chris Harper won the White Jersey for the tour’s best young rider while competing for Bennelong Swisswellness. Harper also finished 4th in the GC.
Martin Laas of Team Illuminate took the final stage in Tokyo.
Kinan Racing Team won the team classification, but it’s Bennelong Swisswellness that we’re interested in here.
Bennelong Swisswellness, in its various incantations, has taken part in the Tour of Japan annually since 2012 and have a strong record in the prestigious tour sanctioned by the UCI, with 5 stage wins.
Bennelong-Swisswellness has been Australia’s strongest continental team for the past 8 years.
The team boasts some fabulous riders, many of them young, but also a veteran here and there who have achieved considerable success on the professional cycling circuit.
Australia has a long and proud record of cycling, punching well above its weight on the track and the road.
Check out the gallery below to see some of the action from the eighth and final stage of the 2018 Tour of Japan in Tokyo on May 27, 2018.

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…ah, so* have a Winfield: The Tiny Tale of Aussie Durries in Japan

A long, long time ago, in a Straya far, far away, Australia briefly exported cigarettes to Japan.
It wasn’t that long ago, actually.
But for several months in 1994, Winfield cigarettes, one of Australia’s most famous brands (it marketed itself as “Australia’s No. 1 brand” in Japan, but it was actually only the second-biggest seller Down Under, behind Peter Jackson), was an unlikely competitor of mostly British and American Big Tobacco companies to tap into what was still then a thriving Japanese smokers’ market largely unregulated at the time.
Winfield was on a downturn at the time in its home country.
Cigarette advertising had been banned from TV and print media decades earlier, but by the mid-1990s in Australia had also been outlawed from outdoor displays and sporting events that tobacco company sponsorship had largely kept afloat.

Japanese Winnie Reds

Like many Western companies faced with growing anti-smoking sentiment at the time, the owners of the Winfield brand decided to flog their fags off to Asians. It didn’t work too well in Japan.
Japanese Winnie Reds and Winnie Blues could be found in the country’s ciggie vending machines (then ubiquitous, now becoming rarer) over what was a record-breaking hot summer and autumn, but were mostly gone by the Christmas of that year.
Winfield owed its chance overseas to many factors, at least one of which was the role played by Paul Hogan, a sometime comedian better-known to international audiences as the star of the Crocodile Dundee film series.
Hoges had been the face of Winfield when it first came out in the 1970s and he was beginning his ascent toward becoming one of Australia’s best-known stars. He became synonymous with the brand even as its presence was being limited, but his famous catch copy of “…anyhow* have a Winfield,” entered the lexicon of ordinary Aussies.

Japanese Winnie Blues

…anyhow*, Australia outlawed packaging displays on cigarettes from 2012. Although punters could still ask for their different types of Winnies, which had been branded according to colors such as Red and Blue, the packaging was no longer actually red, blue or any other color.
Even Hoges, whose rise to fame was at least partly inspired by a sharp set of movie theater and print ads he’d made for Winfield in the 1970s, came out a few years ago to say that he deeply regretted the commercials for having inspired so many people to pick up a durry.
Hoges and Stropp Winfield Ad from 1971


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人参依存症カンガルーが観光客を孟攻撃する

 

人参依存症のカンガルーが観光客を攻撃している(写真はイメージで、カンガルーじゃなくて、ワラビである)

オーストラリアを訪ねている数十人が人参やジャンクフードなどに依存しているガンがルーに孟攻撃され、怪我を負っている。
 シドニーから南方にあるマクワリー湖周辺に現象が起こっている。
 餌を与えないように注意されてにも関わらず中国人観光客を中心に訪ねる人の多くがそこに群れを作ったカンガルーなどに食べ物をやっている。
 その結果、カンガルーを中心とした有袋類が主に人参に依存することになった。
 体が要求している人参などをもらわないと、カンガルーが暴力的に反応し、観光客を蹴ったり、噛んだり爪でキズ付けたりしている。
 マクワリー湖観光関係者は、多ヶ国語の注意書き看板の設置などの対応策をとっているが、多くの場合厳守されていないのは現状。