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Not So Fast, Sonny! Skippy The Bush Kangaroo Has Turned 50!

Skippy the Bush Kangaroo, probably the most-loved Australian children’s TV program in history, has turned 50 years old.
The first episodes screened in Australia in February 1968 and the show remains popular to this day, though only three series comprising 91 episodes were made.
The show premiered outside of Australia. Its run in Japan had effectively ended before Skippy showed in Australia, mainly because the series was made in color, which did not arrive in Australia until 1975.
Skippy told the story of a grey kangaroo and her best friend, a young boy named Sonny Hammond, played by Garry Pankhurst in his only role of significance in an acting career that had finished by his teens. Pankhurst grew up to work in the hospitality business and eventually ended up exporting kangaroo meat for consumption in Asian countries.
Sonny’s father, Matt, was the head ranger at the (fictional) Waratah National Park, as depicted by Ed Devereaux.
Other cast regulars included Sonny’s brother, Mark, portrayed by Ken James, the park pilot, Jerry King, played by Tony Bonner, and park receptionist, Clancy, performed by Liza Goddard.
Skippy was the marsupial equivalent to the likes of Lassie, Flipper and Rin Tin Tin, to name a few animal sleuths, solving all sorts of problems and achieving all manner of feats worthy of a superhero.

The series was one of Australia’s most heavily exported TV programs. It was broadcast in at least 128 countries. Among its versions are Skippy in Norwegian and Finnish, the French, Skippy le kangourou, the Spanish, Skippy el Canguro, Dutch, Skippy de Boskangoeroe, the Russian, Скиппи (телесериал), German, Skippy, das Buschkänguruh, Persianاسکیپی, Italian, Skippy il canguro and of course, Japan, where it was known as カンガルー・スキッピー(kangaruu sukippii).
In Japan, Skippy ran on the NTV network. The show started running in 1966 in a dubbed version, with re-runs playing in an early morning slot into the 1970s.
Skippy was mildly popular. The theme song, 森のスキッピー(Mori no Sukippii) was sung by School Mates, a large group of talented young kids belonging to the Tokyo Music Academy.
The Tokyo Music Academy has schools throughout Japan.
It is closely tied to Watanabe Productions, one of Japan’s biggest talent agencies.
Incredibly, School Mates continues performing to this day, albeit with a complete change of membership.
Moreover, a popular folk band at the time, The Riginnies, also released a song based on the show, called Skippy.

In addition to the TV series, in 1969 there was also the release of a feature-length film called Skippy and the Intruders. See the movie here.

Skippy’s iconic theme also proved to be a winner for transplanted Pom, Eric Jupp, who wrote and performed it. On the back of the successful son, Jupp released a series of Skippy-themed singles, including the main theme.



Skippy remained an integral part of the Australian TV landscape long after its original run.
In 1992, an updated version of the show ran, called The Adventures of Skippy.
In this show, Andrew Clarke played a grown Sonny Hammond, himself now a park ranger, but who retained strong ties to Skippy.
Even this series had a Japanese angle, as you can find out by watching the show below.

And, just as a bonus, here’s the French version of the show’s opening titles.
Skippy – générique en français

Punk Doily Full of Heavenly Aussie Tastes Made by a Saint

Punk Doily, a recently opened cafe, offers a heavenly touch of Australia made by a Saint in a small nook in Oyamadai, Setagaya-ku.
 最近開店したパンクドイリーがセイントが作るオーストラリア風素晴らしいご馳走を提供している。
Punk Doily’s sausage rolls are authentically Oz, faithfully providing not only the flavor of the tuckshop, but also adding pleasures for the gourmand that the Japanese excel at.
 パンクドイリーのソーセージロールは本格的なオージー味であり、学校売店の懐かしい料理を誠実に再現する上に日本人の特異な上質なグルメを加える。
Available in sage and fennel flavors, the sausage rolls use pork from exclusively potato-fed pigs, and have a hearty, mouth-watering meat that tastes perfect without the need of excessive herbs, spices or other additives.
 セージとフェンネル味があり、ジャガイモが飼料の豚から得る豚肉使用によって濃厚な美味しさがあり、余計なハーブやスパイスなどが使用不要。
Wash down the delicious savory snack with one of the selection of Punk Doily’s coffees. The Australian-style, rich brews are sublime, the hand drip providing a strong flavor and delicious aroma.
 うまみたっぷりなおやつと共にパンクドイリー作コーヒーを一杯のみと良い。オーストラリア風の濃くある抽出が格別であり、ハンド・ドリップの味が濃厚で香りもよい。
Sweets are another highlight of Punk Doily! On the day of our visit there were delightful salted, triple chocolate cookies, sake-infused cherry tarts and rum raisin brownies. Sublime! The cafe serves up some utterly amazing treats. Check out their Facebook page for some of the other fabulous fare on offer.
 また、パンクドイリーのもう一つのハイライトが何と言ってもスイーツ!訪問した当日提供したのは日本酒に浸けたチェリータルト、ラム酒漬干しブドウブラウニーと三種類のチョコが入っているトリプルチョコレートクッキー!何と言っても最高にうまかった!その他にもたくさんの美味しいご馳走を提供するので、詳しくは同店のフェースブックページを参照にしてください。
Enjoy Punk Doily’s delicious coffee and culinary delights on site or take out.
 パンクドイリーの美味しいコーヒーと料理は店内で楽しんでもテークアウトも出来ます。
Punk Doily is located about the Tamagawa Christ Chuo Church at 3F, 3-28-21 Oyamadai, Setagaya-ku Tokyo 158-0086, Tokyo 158-0086. Tel: 090-4702-7959 Open Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 パンクドイリーは玉川キリスト中央教会の上3Fにある、所在地が3ー28ー21尾山台東京都世田谷区。電話が090-4702-7959。営業は土日の11時から5時となっている。
Incidentally, if you’re interested in finding our more about the connection with the saints, go to Punk Doily yourself.
 ちなみに、上記のセイントについてもっと詳しく知りたいなら、ぜひ直接お店に足を誇んで自分に聞いて見るといいと思う。


Oh, La La! Kangarou Pizzas, C’est Magnifique! … Plutôt

Kangarou Pizzas are a French fast food chain.
The chain appears to be based in Thionville, with outlets in Metz, Nancy and Varangéville.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the chain specializes in deliveries.
It’s logo is a bouncing kangaroo, or kangarou in French!
Being from the land of culinary delights, you’d expect Kangarou Pizzas to be a popular choice.
Perhaps because of its origins, customers are more demanding, but the chain gets only average reviews on Trip Advisor, with 60% rating it as either “poor” or “terrible,” though it appears disgruntled users were more miffed by poor service than lousy food.
Still, it’s nice to see kangaroos making their mark in France.

Kangaroo Cooking…Roo Meat: It’s Tasty if Ya Cook It!

Japanese have been legally eating kangaroo for longer than most Australians.
Kangaroo meat was imported to Japan and being served in Tokyo restaurants from 1988, five years before meat from the national symbol was legalized for consumption by Australians in all states other than South Australia, where kangaroo could be eaten legally from 1980. (Indigenous Australians had continued eating kangaroo, a traditional food, regardless of the ban.)
Despite the head start, kangaroo meat never really kicked on in Japan, despite its reputation for being a healthy, high-protein, low-fat alternative to beef or pork.
RooMeat was promoted in Japan as being a preferred choice of athletes and models, but the “stars” called upon to plug the meat were not household names. Moreover, the meat was promoted with the somewhat mysterious catch copy of “it’s tasty if you cook it.”
Kangaroo meat can still be purchased in Japan, probably most easily from The Meat Guy, purveyor of fine meats.
Kangaroo meat is also promoted as an environmentally friendly choice as kangaroos produce less methane than cattle.
Some people have also adopted kangatarianism, which is essentially a vegetarian diet that allows for the consumption of kangaroo meat.
Japan’s kangaroo business was also involved in the kangaroo industry, which focuses around the marsupial’s leather, which is regarded as the strongest source of leather for shoes and gloves.
K-Roo kangaroo meat promotions
Premium kangaroo meat promotions


Straya, We’ll See Your Vegemite Chocolate and Raise You with Cough Lolly KitKats

Strewth! It doesn’t get much worse than the latest KitKat concoction to hit Japanese stores, which arguably takes the title of world’s worst chocolate unofficially claimed by Australia when it produced Vegemite chocolate back in June 2015.
KitKat Nodoame flavor is now selling at Japanese retail outlets and is the latest in a line of Japanese KitKat flavors that extends well beyond 200.
It should be noted, that <i>nodoame is the Japanese word for throat lozenge, and that’s exactly what’s been dished up in the latest KitKat…a throat lozenge flavored-chocolate!!!!
For what it’s worth, throat lozenge-flavored KitKat tastes exactly as it sounds, with your average cough lolly covered by waffle and coated in a layer of chocolate.
The Nodoame KitKat is sold in a box adorned by a caricature of soccer commentator Yasutaro Matsuki cheering Japan on to its ultimately successful qualification for the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia (which it achieved by defeating Australia’s hapless Socceroos at Saitama Stadium 2002 on August 31, 2017).
The presumed use of Matsuki to promote the flavor is because his shouting for Japan precludes the need for a throat lozenge.
Japanese KitKat Flavors (not a complete list…site in Japanese)
Japanese KitKat flavors page 1
Japanese KitKat flavors page 2
Japanese KitKat flavors page 3
Vegemite chocolate ad from back in the day

Strange Straya Tucked Away in a Tract in Tokyo

Uluru curry

Ayer’s Rock Cafe is located in a distant corner of Machida, an outer suburb of Tokyo.
Why the cafe located in such a distant tract of Tokyo derives its name from the now non-PC moniker of Uluru is something of a mystery, but it has been operating since 2000 and comes highly recommended by members of a nearby horse-riding club and large private school, so it must be getting something right.
For Aussies, there’s nothing on the menu that really makes it worthwhile making the trek out to the cafe for a need to combat homesickness.
The cafe does serve Bundaberg Rum and is decorated with standard Aussie kitsch like tourist-oriented Indigenous Australian trinkets like boomerangs and digeridoos, copies of Australian road signs, a few items of bush jewelry and assorted items from Carlton & United Breweries.
The one menu item that does play on the cafe’s Australian association is Uluru curry.
This curry is a dried curry served atop a healthy pile of rice and presented in a way that makes it bear something of a resemblance to Uluru.
The curry is served with side dishes of salad and yogurt, and all are tasty and filling.
The curry is mild and its appearance at least gives something of an Australian flavor that doesn’t seem to come from anywhere else served at the establishment.
Other dishes are tasty, but not noteworthy. They will not disappoint the taste buds, but may not please the pocket.
Recommended are the set menus, which include a main meal, a donut from Daddy’s Donuts, which the cafe also deals in, and a drink for around 1,300 yen to 1,400 yen are probably best.
Indeed, the donut was delicious, made with little oil and with a light fluffy taste with a crisp outer crust.
The donut is served with a scoop of ice cream, which can be topped with cinnamon or rum sauce or both, and berries with garnishing of castor sugar.
The dish is excellent and the donuts come in four flavors of plain, sesame, soybean or early grey.
Also recommended is the coffee, which was dark with a rich, satisfying taste and powerful aroma.

Ramen Cake Will Make You Do Your Noodle!

Ramen cake

Nationwide all-you-can-eat sweets franchise Sweets Paradise make amazing cakes decorated to look like main meals but almost indistinguishable from them until tasted.
Sweets Paradise makes an assortment of foods that look like main dishes but are actually cakes, including bowls of noodles, omelets, katsudon and eel.
What’s more, the prices are extremely reasonable, at around 1,200 yen, which is about half what you’d normally pay for a similarly sized cake anywhere in Japan.
Sweets Paradise has outlets throughout Japan, but also sells its wares online.

Ramen cake

Ramen cake

Ramen cake

Ramen cake