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Aussie Deli…cious!!! Not Authentic Aussie but Still Yummy オージー・デリ、、、シャス!!!

McDonald’s Japan’s Aussie Deli

McDonald’s Japan finally began long-awaited sales of the Aussie Deli at its outlets across the country from Aug. 31 for a couple of weeks.
Kangaeroo.com has been skeptical about the burger, which comes in two versions — the premium sandwich with cheese and the plain burger. The main ingredient is uncooked pastrami beef in the cold burger and spicy mustard sauce acting as the main condiment. Our big beef, if you’ll pardon the pun, is that although the burgers are being promoted as Australian, the taste is nothing like food served Down Under, where local flavored McDonald’s includes beetroot, eggs and even pineapple.
Thus we went into the taste test hoping to vindicate our anger at the Golden Arches’ affront of both Japanese consumers and Aussie McGourmands. And we must report the result that our misgivings were totally groundless. Admittedly, the pastrami and spicy mustard are not Australian tastes by any stretch of the word (earlier today, there was coincidentally a report in a prominent Australian newspaper that needed to explain what pastrami was to its readers, such is the rarity of its appearance on dining plates Down Under). Nonetheless, the burger is scrumptious, offering a refreshing, tangy taste. Although the sandwich in both its varieties possibly lacks a little beef in terms of volume, what substance it does provide the eater comes from the healthy serving of pastrami, which of course is Aussie Beef.

McDonald’s Japan’s Aussie Deli with Cheese

Overall, the verdict on the Aussie Deli and Cheese Aussie Deli is….Aussie Deli…cious!!! (And Kangaeroo.com also got the added bonus of a serving of humble pie for our pre-sale skepticism.)

Incidentally, the real Aussie Deli types sold in Australian McDonald’s restaurants from 2004 to 2010 were the following:
Bacon and Egg.
Chicken Tandoori.
Turkey and Cranberry.
Chicken Caesar.
Deluxe Brekkie Roll
Sweet Chilli Chicken (trial in Newcastle, NSW)
Classic Ham (October 2004 – April 2006)
Italian Supreme (October 2004 – April 2006)
Veggie Presto (October 2004 – April 2006)
Change of Roast Beef to Barbecue Roast Beef (October 2004 – April 2006)
Barbecue Roast Beef (April 2006 – September 2007)
Chicken Parmigiana
Sweet Chilli Chicken roll.
BLT roll (part of Australian Bacon promotion)
Thai Chicken
Australian Aussie Deli TV Ads


‘Naughty Korea’ and ‘Nice Korea’ on the 2012 London Olympic Games medal tally produced by the mX free newspapers distributed in Australian east coast cities.

 オーストラリア東海岸3都市に無料で配れるフリーペーパーmXが2012年ロンドン五輪メダル表に「Naughty Korea」と「Nice Korea」と北朝鮮と韓国をそれぞれ表示したことに対して北朝鮮の国営通信社である朝鮮中央通信社(KCNA)が猛烈に怒りを示した。


The guerilla marketed, kangaroo-branded condoms that appeared in the Olympic Village at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

 カンガルーがロゴとしたコンドームがいきなり2012年ロンドンオリンピック選手村に表れ、ロンドン五輪準備委員会はもめているとオーストラリア紙The Ageが8日報道した。

いち早くCool Japanを先駆けて80・90年代の豪テレビCM

Mr. Okamura, an unforgettable character in NEC ads in Australia during the 1980s and 1990s.

Japan was trending in Australia long before it became flavor of the month in the way it has in recent years courtesy of Cool Japan.
During the late 1980s through to the mid-1990s, a time when trade friction between a seemingly unstoppable Japan and the struggling United States resulted in such incidents as American autoworkers using sledgehammers to demolish a Japanese car, Australia was slowly moving out of its self-imposed isolation to embrace the Asia-Pacific region and building the firm relationship it now has with Japan. Australia was a pioneer in the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) and Working Holiday programs now welcoming thousands of people from all over the world to Japan.
Part of Australia’s embracing of Japan during this time came through the “Japanese character” often picked up by advertisers for use on Australian TV, a trend that Mitsubishi Australia began in a 1978 ad featuring sumo wrestlers and introducing into the lexicon a still commonly used phrase of “not so squeezy” to describe a roomy atmosphere (or, alternatively when used ironically, a tight spot). This trend also made NEC’s character, Mr. Okamura, and the fisherman in the John West commercials, popular across the country.
バブル当時、オーストラリアは日本に近づこうとした。その一環としてテレビCMで「日本人キャラ」を起用することがあった。1978年三菱の豪現地法人がはじめだった。キャビン・スペースが広いトラックのCMでの、「Not so squeezy」(きつくないという意味が、皮肉的に使う場合も稀ではない)が今でもオージー英語でよく使われている。また、NECのキャラだった「Mr.Okamura」や焼津の漁師は今でも多くのオーストラリア人にとって懐かしい思い出である。

Aussie Pair in Contention for one of Japan’s Top Talent Contests

Ayano Wakayama (left) and Runa Takahashi, Aussie finalists in the 13th Japan Bishojo Contest

A pair of Gold Coast teens are among the finalists in the 13th Japan Bishojo Contest, a beauty and talent pageant for young women that has been the launching pad for some of Japan’s top female performers over the past 25 years.
Aussie-born Gold Coast residents Ayano Wakayama and Runa Takahashi are among the 21 finalists in the contest to be decided in Tokyo on Aug. 25, 2012.
The contest is open to young women aged 13 to 20 who want to become a star. Among the previous prizewinners in the contest who have gone on to become prominent performers in Japan include stars such as Aya Ueto, Ryoko Yonekura and Kaori Mochida.
Both Ayano and Runa are 14-year-old, Year Nine students from the Gold Coast. Ayano’s hobbies include ballet and other forms of dancing, while Runa enjoys horseriding and skiing.
Ayano Wakayama Promotional Video
Ayano Wakayama Profile (Japanese)

Runa Takahashi Promotional Video
Runa Takahashi Profile (Japanese)

13th Japan Bishojo Contest Official Site (Japanese)
Vote (and see current voting results) here.

YouTube Australia 2012年前半Top 10人気ビデオを発表

 豪You TubeのTop 10は以下の通り。ご覧のように、米国映画予告編が圧倒的に多いが、中でもオージーらしいものもある。ストライン(オージー英語)ファンなら、1位の曲は見逃せない!
1. Call Me Maybe parody – Aussie blokes version

2. Contraband Trailer

3. Australia Day 2012: “Barbie Girl”

4. Tomorrowland 2011

5. ‘Project X’ Trailer

6. THE AVENGERS Trailer 2012 Movie

7. Prometheus – Official Trailer

8. Talking Tom and Ben News: World Cleanup 2012

9. Angry Birds Seasons – Year of the Dragon Animation

10. Iron Sky Official Theatrical Trailer


Australian Sports Minister Kate Lundy (left) and British Sports Minister Hugh Robertson.