Maruishi Cycle Ltd.
Maruishi mudguard kangaroo ornament
is a prestigious bicycle manufacturer perhaps best-known today for its vintage models that until late in the 20th century also included penny farthings. Maruishi continues to make fine touring bikes
in Japan. The company’s history dates back to 1894, though it has been Chinese-owned since 2006.
Of greatest interest for Kangaeroo readers, though, is that Maruishi’s symbol throughout its history has been a kangaroo!
Why Maruishi chose a kangaroo remains a mystery, though its cycles are renowned for their luggage-bearing capability, which probably goes some way toward providing an explanation.
Although current Maruishi kangaroo displays appear largely limited to bicycle decals
and store signage, marsupial images once adorned mudguards in the form of ornaments, frame plates, cranks and bells.
Maruishi kangaroo mudguard ornament
Maruishi kangaroo bell
Maruishi kangaroo plate
Official Maruishi logo
Marushi store signage
Samia Lila, a.k.a. ‘Goanna girl,’ is a French waitress on a working holiday visa who dragged a goanna from a New South Wales restaurant.
Samia Lila drags a goanna from a restaurant
At first, Lila thought it was a canine intruder.
The goanna frightened diners.
Lila then decided to grab it and drag it out.
“I looked at it and thought it was a dog at first! But then I realised it was a goanna,” Lila said.
Japan is a land of vending machines. You can find vending machines on just about any street corner in cities. They mainly sell beverages, but the ubiquitous machines also sell a vast array of other items, including gifts, toys, fresh eggs, rice, birth control, cigarettes, beer, costumes and even surgical masks, as shown here.
Now THAT was unexpected. One minute, I was as happy as Larry, the next being rushed off in a meat wagon and now hospitalized indefinitely.
Walking along Route 246, I was surprised to look up and see the katakana script reading アースウィンド！
アースis, in English, arse…or, so I thought. Arse wind, then, could only mean one thing….surely a company couldn’t have named itself after a fart?
Of course it didn’t. In fact, アース is also the reading for earth. That makes Earth Wind a little easier to comprehend, even if the English is still a little awkward.
Despite the icy midwinter temperature, Tokyo was gloriously sunny today.
Regardless of the day, I try to walk as much as possible.
Today’s reward was getting to see a gorgeous model having her photo taken!