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Little Girl’s Story Opens Door to Aussie Animal Boom in Japan

Scenes from Lucy-May of the Southern Rainbow

Back in the early ’80s Australia did not command a great deal of attention in Japan (to be honest, it still doesn’t command that great a presence to this day…)

Things changed, however, with the launch of Lucy-May of the Southern Rainbow.
Lucy-May of the Southern Rainbow was an anime by Nippon Animation that aired weekly from January 10 to December 26, 1982.

The cartoon told the story of Lucy-May Popple and her family, who had emigrated from Yorkshire to live in Adelaide, Australia. The story was based on a book called Southern Rainbow by Australian author Phyllis Piddington. The anime would be translated into numerous languages and aired in many countries outside of Japan.

The DVD cover

The cartoon introduced Japanese audiences to all sorts of Australian animals that were then largely unknown. Among the Australian creatures featured on the show were kangaroos, platypuses, wombats, kookaburras and koalas. There were no koalas in Japan when the cartoon aired, but the marsupials would sweep the country of its feet with their cuteness when the first koalas arrived at the Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Nagoya two years later.

Lucy-May of the Southern Rainbow was part of the World Masterpiece Theater, a yearlong series that featured an anime adaptation of a famous book. Among those who worked on the series were Hayao Miyazaki, who had already left Nippon Animation before Lucy-May of the Southern Rainbow aired. World Masterpiece Theater aired from 1969 to 1997, then resumed after a 10-year hiatus and continues to air now.

Australiana for Australia Day

Austentayshus オーストラリア人コメディアンオーステン・テーシャス氏*が1983年豪州象徴的なものや地名などのごろ合わせによって詩「Australiana」で全国一世風靡し、No. 1ヒットとなった。かなりやばい言葉使いであり、色な所で放送禁止となった。
1月26日建国近年日にあたる「Australia Day」にちなんで、下記再現する。お楽しみ。

    Australiana


Sittin’ at home last Sunday mornin’ me mate Boomer rang (boomerang). Said he was havin’ a few people around for a barbie, Said he might cook a burra (kookaburra) or two.
I said, “Sounds great, will Walla be (wallaby) there?”
He said “Yeah and Veggie might (Vegemite) come too”.
So I said to the wife “Do you wanna Go Anna (goanna)?”. She said “I’ll go if Din goes (dingoes).”
So I said “What’ll (wattle) we do about Nulla?”
He said “Nulla bores (Nullarbor) me to tears, leave him at home.”

We got to the party about two and walked straight out the kitchen to put some booze in the fridge. And you wouldn’t believe it, there’s Boomer’s wife Warra sittin there tryin to plait a puss (platypus)!
Now, I don’t like to speak ill o’ Warra, (Illawarra), but I was shocked. I mean, how much can a koala bear?
So I grabbed a beer, flashed me wanga at ‘er (Wangarratta) and went out and joined the party.
Pretty soon Ayers rocks in and things really started jumpin.’
This Indian girl, Marsu, turns up, dying to go to the toilet but she couldn’t find it.
I said to me mate Al, “Hey, where can Marsu pee, Al? (marsupial)
He said “She can go out back (Outback) with the fellas, she’s probably seen a cock or two. (cockatoo)
Well, just then Warra comes out of the kitchen with a few drinks for everybody.
Fair dinkum, you’ve never seen a cooler barmaid (coolabah).
I grabbed a beer and said, “Thanks Warra, tah. (warratah)”
A couple of queens land (Queensland) at the party, one smellin’ pretty strongly of aftershave. One of ’em sat down next to me and I turned to him and I said, “Ya know mate, you reek a’ Stockade (Eureka Stockade).”
It was a really hot day; Osko felt like a swim. He said to Ina, “Do you want a have a dip in the river, Ina? (Riverina)” She said “I haven’t got my cozzie, Osko (Kosciusko).”
Well, Bo says, “Come in starkers, what’ll they care? (wattle, Lake Eyre)”
Ina says, “What, without so much as a thread, Bo? (Thredbo). Ah, perish the thought (Perisher)! Has Youcum been in (Eucumbene) in yet?”
A few of the blokes decided to play some cricket. Boomer says “Why doesn’t Wom bat? (wombat). Yeah, and let Tenter field (Tenterfield).”
He said I should have a bowl but I was too out of it to play cricket so I suggested a game of cards. I said to Lyptus, “Wanna game of euchre, Lyptus (eucalyptus)?”
He said, “There’s no point mate, Dar wins (Darwin) every time.”
Well Bill said he’d like a smoke. Nobody knew where the dope was stashed. I said “I think Maree knows (merinos).”
But I was just spinning a bit of a yarn.
Barry pulls a joint out of his pocket. Bill says “Great! Barrier Reefer (Great Barrier Reef). What is it mate?”
“Noosa Heads (Noosa Heads) of course. Me mate Ada laid (Adelaide) ’em on me.”
And it was a great joint, too. Blew Mountains away (Blue Mountains). And his three sisters (Three Sisters).
Well, I thought I’d roll one meself. I said, “Chuck us the Tally Ho, Bart (Hobart).”
He said, “They’re out on the lawn, Ceston. (Launceston). Can you get em for us?” Bernie (Burnie) says, “It’s okay mate, she’s apples, I’ll get em for ya.”
Just then, Alice springs (Alice Springs) into action, starts to pack Billabong (billabong). And you wouldn’t believe it, the bongs broken. I said “Lord, how? (Lord Howe)”
“Hey, man (Hayman,” somebody says, “Will a didgeri do? (didgeridoo)”
“Hummmmm mummmm mummmmm mummmmm maybe it’ll have ta.”
I look in the corner and there’s Bass sittin there, not getting into it, not getting out of it. I said “What, is Bass straight (Bass Strait) or somethin’?”
Boomer says, “As a matter a fact mate, he’s a cop.”
I said “Ya jokin’ mate, a cop? I’m getting outta here, lets go, Anna.”
She said, “No way, I’m hangin round till Gum leaves (gum leaves). Besides, I don’t wanna leave Jack around a (jacardanda) party on his own. Have you seen him? I think he’s trying to crack on to Woomba (Toowoomba) He’s already tried to mount Isa (Mount Isa). And he’ll definitely try to lead you astray, Liana. (Australiana!)”

豪のクリスマス・ソング:Twelve Days of Christmas Aussie Style

BeachSanta クリスマス・ソングと言えば恐らくまずこの「クリスマスの12日間」を思い浮かぶ人が多いだろう。
 それで、珍しいがオージー版もあるんだ。
 曲の流れやメロディが伝統的な曲と同じだが、「梨の木のヤマウズラ」などじゃなくてもらう物がコアラなどオーストラリア独特なものだ。

TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS AUSSIE STYLE
On the 12th day of Christmas
My true love sent to me
12 parrots prattling,
11 numbats nagging,
10 lizards leaping,
9 wombats working,
8 dingoes digging,
7 possums playing,
6 brolgas dancing,
5 kangaroos,
4 koalas cuddling,
3 kookaburras laughing,
2 pink galahs,
And an emu up a gum tree

An Aussie Chrissie (オーストラリア独特な英語によって物語れている物語)
Strine Dictionary

泥棒が、、、コアラだった!

オーストラリアアデレード市に「泥棒が自宅に入り込んだ見たい」という電話が14日午前中市内のある夫婦から警察当局に入り、警官が駆けつけたところすぐに「犯人」を捕まえた、、、コアラだった、とオーストラリア多文化放送局SBSが報道した。
 夫婦が無事だったし、結局何も盗まれなかった。
 一方、「犯人」のコアラもお騒ぎを起こした後、警官がだっこし、近くの森に放された。
 未確認ですが24時間中約22時間寝ると言われているコアラは、以降、恐らく再び寝入りしただろう。
「起訴することはなかったよ」とある警官がコメントしたらしい。
(元記事:英語)Koala sparks Adelaide police incident

豪カンガルー島で動物園が激安販売中

Zoo for Sale: Kangaroos at the Pardarna Wildlife Park on Kangaroo Island

 南オーストラリア州カンガルー島にカンガルーかコアラやエミューなどオーストラリア独特な動物を中心に飼っているhttp://www.parndanawildlifepark.com/パーンダーナ・ワイルドライフ・パークが只今販売中、とnews.com.auが4日付報道した。
 パークは、100種類以上の動物が住み、面積が約20ヘクタールで僅か豪ドル595,000(約4779万円)で発売されている。
 販売しているエルダーズ・リアル・エステートによる、販売価格が動物の他住宅、お土産屋、バーベーキュー・ゾーン、倉庫や車庫などを含める。
Want to buy a zoo? There’s one for sale on Kangaroo Island, South Australia

じゃぶじゃぶコアラが世界中に大ヒット中!

Kanu Koala

Kanu Koalaは、オーストラリアで泳ぐコアラに付けられた名前だ。コアラは1日22時間寝るので、ユーカリの木の葉っぱを取るか木と木の間に移すことぐらいしか動く姿を見せない。が、Kanu Koalaはかなり違うようだ!映像が世界中に大ヒット中。
Kanu Koala is the name being given to a swimming (!) koala. Footage of the mighty marsupial’s exploits are currently going viral. Considering koalas spend 22 hours a day sleeping, it’s rare to see them move much further than reaching out to grab sum gum leaves or change trees. Kanu, however, shows the marsupial is koala-ified to do a whole lot more.

Koala Attack! 一日中寝ている訳でもない

コアラ、カンガルーやエミューなどが人間に対してあまり危険視されていないが、下記のビデオで見えるように、危ない場合もある。

 コアラは、一日中寝ているという印象を持っている方が多いだろう。(実際に合っているが)年間を通してコアラもさまざまな行動を行っている。Australian Geographic誌がこのビデオにあるコアラ群れを未着取材し面白いドキュメンタリーを制作された。

 普段あまり動かないコアラの活発な姿で驚ければ、この映像がなおさら怖い!今年4月、オーストラリア北部になんとヘビを食べられるクモがいった!糸で捕まったより、ヘビが偶然に糸に上の枝から落ちてクモが素早く動いて捕まって、糸で拘束して食べちゃった!