Tag: japan

The Times, They Are A Changed

Imagine this today? No way!

Japan will finally re-open its doors to unrestricted travelers in October 2022, over 2 1/2 years since imposing strict entry requirements (especially on foreigners) due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the yen at its weakest against most major currencies since the early 1990s (and effectively even weaker still in real terms as the yen of the early 1990s carried far greater purchasing power than the yen of the 2020s), tourists are predicted to flock back into Japan.

Japan is one of the world’s great tourist destinations and it is Kangaeroo’s belief that the hospitality of many Japanese people show toward tourists make it this way. Japan has an extremely well-deserved reputation for being hospitable toward visitors, and that was also Kangaeroo’s experience.

People are expected to come to the Japanese wonderland to see such treats as the mix of ancient and modern traditions, the neon-lit cities, the amazing food, incredible trains, anime, manga, J-Pop and all sorts of delights.

Not a tourism ad, but an example of the exoticism and sexualization used to deal with Japan in the olden days when Boomers were still young

Things have kinda changed since Kangaeroo first came here, though. In those days, the selling point was the exoticism of Japan, especially its women, and the marketing was highly sexualized in a manner unthinkable in today’s prissy age of political correctness. Back in the day, Japan was plugged as being the homeland of topless pearl divers and geisha girls.

MSA Airlines, the forerunner of today’s Singapore Airlines and Malaysian Airlines, tried in an October 1968 advertisement to entice tourists to the Land of the Rising Sun by saying, “Imagine yourself…in Tokyo, where extravagant floorshows are staged in lavish nightclubs and the precise rituals of a geisha part can be seen in many restaurants.” Imagine yourself nowadays if you tried to sell travel with a line like that? (Or even worse, what they said about Hong Kong, where you could be: “Wandering ‘the world of Suzie Wong’ with its brilliant neon lights beckoning you to sample the exciting nightlife.” Definitely a case of mixing up what’s Wong and what’s right.)

Shattered! Bye-Bye Belladonna

Beautiful Belladonna

Calling Belladonna the love of my life would be going a bit too far.

But only a tiny smidgen.

And she is waaaay up there.

But, the beautiful Belladonna is gone.

A cracked frame means this carbon bike is now an accident waiting to happen.

She is irreparable.

And it happened the very day after finally being given an all-clear to ride again following illness and injury that have been another plague to cope with since January.

Despondent is not the word.

But I cannot thank this beautiful bike enough for the sheer, unadulterated joys she gave me.

She has made it hard to ride another bike, though.

But, it’s a great chance to grow and learn.

My deepest thanks go out to JD for enabling Belladonna to come into my life.

Bloody Beauty! Back on the Bike!

After months of near inactivity, Kangaeroo was finally able to indulge regularly in the pursuit that brings probably the greatest pleasure in life: cycling!

So far, 2022 has been a series of calamities in terms of cycling, starting with poor weather then moving on to poor equipment, poor health and poor luck!

But things slowly slotted back into place and have finally allowed for a week on the bike that is as good as it gets now!

And some of the results were stupendous, as can be seen in the gallery.

What sheer delight!

豪州10月「お花見」人気過剰となり中止に追われた

Olindahanami オーストラリアメルボルン市にあるオリンダ豪国立シャクナゲ園内恒例イベントである「お花見」の人気があり過ぎて、地域のインフラに過剰な負担を理由に2014年版、とビクトリア公園局発表した。
季節が日本と反対南半球では今春がやってきた所であり、毎年この時期になると同園がビクトリア州豪日協会により「お花見」を行う。
 しかし、昨年、一日だけ行う「お花見デー」が驚くほど人気であって、小さな町の一角にある同園にいきなり約1万7千人がやってきたのでインフラがパンク状態になったという。
 そこで、今年の「お花見」イベントを中止することにした。残念だね。しかし、これもオーストラリアでも日本人気が上昇していると受け取っても良いと思う。
オーストラリアでの花見をお楽しむのが9月!

Japan’s Top 10 YouTube Videos for 2013

JapanTop10 2013Dancing to AKB48, watching infant girls playing with toys, lingerie and lightning striking were among the 10 most-viewed videos on YouTube in Japan for 2013. Here’s the Top 10.
No. 10 Dancer Kenji Ebina Performs on America’s Got Talent

No. 9 Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Trailer

No. 8 Lightning Strikes Odakyu Line Train

No. 7 Anpanman Gogo Elevator

No. 6 Haruna Kojima Peach John Lingerie

No. 5 Samantha Thavasa Workers Dance to AKB48

No. 4 Anpanman Conveyor Belt Sushi Toy

No. 3 God Eater 2 Trailer

No. 2 Anpanman Spinning Dreamland

No. 1 AKB48 Roadies and Other Employees Dance to AKB48

Order for Aussie-Made Skim Milk Results in Kangaroo Delivery

Boxing KangasA Chinese woman irked by the poor reputation of powdered skim milk produced in her homeland, got jumpy when her order of Australian-made milk contained more kick than she’d probably bargained for, not quite a boxing kangaroo, but a boxed kangaroo, according to Japanese news site Rocket News.
Citing Chinese-language news sources Sina news and ET Today, Rocket says the woman from Qingdao, in China’s Shangdong Province, ordered a box of six cans of Australian-made skim milk through an online shopping site, but only two were delivered with the extra space in the box occupied by a live kangaroo.
The kangaroo, which is in good health, was taken into the care of Qingdao zoo officials, but Rocket says it remains a mystery as to why the kangaroo was delivered.
Original Story (Japanese) ネットでオーストラリア製の粉ミルクを買ったら “生きたカンガルー” が送られてきたでござる!?