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Let’s Barbie! Aussie-Style BBQing for the Japanese!

Australia beef is the most visibly successful Australian export to Japan, leaving considerable distance to its closest rivals, which these days are probably Tim Tams, Miranda Kerr and hordes of drunken ocker snow bunnies in country towns like Niseko and Hakuba.
To be honest, Oz doesn’t really enter the consciousness of most Japanese, except for Aussie Beef, which is probably the first thing that comes to mind for many Nihonjin when asked about Oz.
And this year, Meat & Livestock Australia Ltd (MLA) is going all-out to try and convert Japanese consumers to worshiping the barbie in much the same manner that many Aussies do.
MLA is conducting a huge Let’s Barbie campaign to encourage people to use the summer months to enjoy munching away on some good old tucker.

The Let’s Barbie pop-up store in Tokyo’s trendy Aoyama district

And they’re using Strine to do it, too, with part of the campaign involving a pop-up shop placed smack-bang in the middle of Aoyama, one of Tokyo’s trendiest districts, and a huge sign urging passers-by to “barbie!”
The pop-up shop is offering demonstrations of cooking, Strayan-style, and serves up three different kinds of steak and salad “meat parfaits.” There’s Beauty, with lime and ginger, Genki, flavored by chili pepper and garlic, and Let’s Barbie, with lime and mint. All are delicious and served in a cup with salad and mashed spuds.
Part of the campaign is teaching the Japanese about how Aussies barbie. Here’s what the official Let’s Barbie campaign website says about the Barbie…

About the Barbie

What’s a Barbie?
Barbecue Superpower Australia calls barbecues “barbies” and 3-4 times a week, (Aussies) enjoying tucking into thick-cut, Aussie Beef steaks and fresh salads anytime, anywhere. You can relax and enjoy them, and everybody’s all smiles out in the wilds of nature, which brings everybody closer. And the communication tool that brings that about is the Aussie-style barbecue: The Barbie.
Aussie lifestyle is about not putting on airs, and the real thrill of the barbie is being about enjoying communication with your mates and your family.


It’s hard to see what sort of impact the campaign will have. Japanese tend to be great barbecuers, anyway. And while many would gladly abide by the campaigns exhortations to get out and enjoy a good steak with your mates, most are stuck inside the office waiting for the boss to go home before they have any hope of being able to leave.

Related links
Barbie (Strine Strife)
Barbie (Yabai-lingual)
Barbie (Go-cabulary)

An Aussie Chrissie

オージークリスマス

Read this in Plain English/プレーン英語で読む
Read this in Japanese/日本語で読む

It was getting close to Chrissie, which prompted me to chuck a sickie. I was still in the nuddy, so I slipped on some grundies. I went to light up a durry, but I’d run out and had to have a rollie. It was perfect weather and I wondered if the blokes from out Woop-Woop would be into having a barbie and lairing it up with me in Brizzie, the Big Smoke.

「やばいリンガル」Plate (プレート)

 Plateは「お皿」という意味だと誰でも知っているはずだが、オージー英語ではパーティーなどに誘われた時によく「プレートも持って来てね」と言われる。パーティにマイお皿持参???何でだろう?その謎を解くために、クリックしてみてください。
Everybody knows what a plate is, but in Strine when you’re invited to a party, barbie or the like, you’re often asked to bring a plate. Why would that happen? Read on to find out.

Barbie/バーベキュー

Barbie

Australian English
A barbecue. The barbecue is an Australian tradition. It is customary to have a barbecue in the back garden, inviting friends, neighbors or relatives. The barbecue is generally regarded as important part of Australian culture.

日本語
バーベキュー。バーベキューは、オーストラリア人にとって大事な伝統行事のような行動だ。自分の家の裏庭に友達か近所の人や親戚を呼んでバーベキューをやるのは習慣みたいなものだ。バーベキューは、重要なオーストラリア文化のひとつとして見られている。

Plain English
Barbecue.

Barbie-usage examples

豪語日本語英語
Chuck another prawn on the barbie.バーベキューに海老をかけてね。Throw another shrimp on the barbecue.
“It’s barbie night at my place. BYO booze.”「今夜、僕んちでバーベキューをやるんだ。飲み物持参でね。」“It’s barbecue night at my house. Bring your own drinks.”

Strine Dictionary