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.
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.
Australians have a special way of spreading Christmas cheer
Ploughing snow is a big no-no, we have sun over here
Christmas pud is a pav instead, while lunch is on the beach
Cold ham replaces turkey, And we have three servings each
Kangaroos help Santa out, ‘Cause reindeer just won’t do
For they don’t know the bush so well, roos just bound on through
Forget the fur lined boots this year, thongs are what we need
Rudolf will have to sit it out, while Skippy takes the lead
But don’t you worry, have no fear, Santa’s used to us down here!
NSFW (or kids) Classic Australian Christmas Song
A Little-Known, Bizarre Australia-Japan Christmas Story
豪のクリスマス・ソング：Deck the Shed
豪のクリスマス・ソング：Christmas on the Station
豪のクリスマス・ソング：Aussie Jingle Bells
豪のクリスマス・ソング：Six White Boomers
South African band Die Antwoord also does an interesting cover of Kevin Bloody Wilson‘s Australian Christmas classic.