Category: Unknown Nichigo

Downpour in Tokyo

Not really related to, 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.
Better PavilionAustralia, too, was still enjoying unprecedented prosperity in 1970, and it showed with its amazing pavilion at the Osaka showcase.
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.
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.

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

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.

All Japan Samurais
AFL Japan
Japan Samurais Members

Brace Yourself, Sydney…Here Comes Kyary Pyamu Pyamu

Kyary Pamyu PamyuColorful Japanese entertainer Kyary Pyamu Pyamu will play one show in Australia later this month as part of her Nanda Collection World Tour 2014.
Demand to see the performer probably best known for her flamboyant 2011 viral video “Pon Pon Pon” has been enormous and her only Australian show on March 23 was shifted from Sydney’s Metro Theater to the considerably larger UNSW Roundhouse.
The often infantile 21-year-old whose full stage name is Caroline Charonplop Kyary Pamyu Pamyu (her real name is Kiriko Takemura) is currently among the best-selling contemporary performers and is easily Japan’s best-known singer among 20-somethings outside of her homeland.
Although Kyary Pyamu Pyamu has a reputation outside of Japan as being something of a non-conformist, most of her innovation comes from a marketing team playing on the image she cultivates cleverly. Nonetheless, there’ll be no shortage of color or noise at her show.
kyary-pamyu-pamyu_2m3m1qjnv7cKyary Pyamu Pyamu’s Nanda Collection World Tour 2014 comprises shows in 15 cities in 10 countries over a five-month span from February to June this year.

Pon Pon Pon

Mottainai Land

Fashion Monster

Tickets for Kyary Pyamu Pyamu’s sole Australian show are available through Ticketek


GodzillaPlatypus 現代の倍以の大きさだった「ゴジラ・プラッタプス」5百万から1億1500万年の間前に巨大な歯付カモノハシが豪などに生存した、と豪古生物学者が11月発表した。

Obdurodon tharalkooschild

Obdurodon tharalkooschild

 新しく発見した「ゴジラ・カモノハシ」の本当の名前がObdurodon tharalkooschildだ。身長が約1メートルまで伸ばされ、現代カモノハシの約倍。この大きさの差によって学者たちが「ゴジラ」という名前を冗談で付けた。
Giant toothed platypus roamed Australia


Japanese equipment for the Cangaroo Project at Woomera Test Range.

Japanese equipment for the Cangaroo Project at Woomera Test Range.

 1967年11月29日米国が豪に与えたスパルタ・ロケットを南オーストラリア州にあるウーメラ試験場で打ち上げ、見事にオーストラリア初の人工衛星であるWRESAT(Weapons Research Establishment Satellite)を軌道に乗せた。
Prospero 約4年後、同試験場が再びロケット打ち上げに関われ、今度はイギリスと共同で英国唯一人工衛星Prosperoブラック・アローによってウーメラから打ち上げた。Prosperoが今でも起動に乗っている(けど、運用していない)。
 1996年、宇宙開発事業団(NASDA)と航空宇宙技術研究所(NAL)(現在は両者統合して宇宙航空研究開発機構 (JAXA)) が、小型自動着陸実験機(ALFLEX) の飛行実験を行っている。さらにJAXAは、2002年(当時NAL)と2005年に小型超音速実験機(NEXST-1)の飛行実験を行っている。
A Black Arrow rocket at Woomera

A Black Arrow rocket at Woomera

 また、日本の大学も参加しているガンマ線天体物理学のための国際協力実験であるCANGAROO(Collaboration of Australia and Nippon for a GAmma Ray Observatory in the Outback)プロジェクトの望遠鏡が設置され、観測が継続されている。

Introduction to the CANGAROO Project(日本語)