ファミマの新中華まん「ベイクド・デリ クワトロチーズ」が清々しいほどに中華まんではない件


中華まんとは何なのか。ピザまん、カレーまんはもとより、パクチーまん、トムヤムクンまんなどを見ていると時おり思うことがある。「あれ? お前ら全然中華じゃなくね?」と。進むコンビニ中華まん業界の中華まん離れ

そんな道を踏み外した外道中華まんたちが可愛く見えるような、とびっきりのヤバイ奴が登場したので買ってみることにした。その名も「ベイクド・デリ クワトロチーズ(130円)」……お前……ひょっとして、パンじゃね?

・越えてはいけないラインを越えた感

2017年10月17日から全国のファミリーマート・サークルK・サンクスにて発売されたこの中華まん。チェダー、カマンベール、 パルミジャーノレッジャーノ、ゴーダの4種のチーズを包んだものだという。

これまでも中華から逸脱した中華まんはたくさんあったが、「ベイクド・デリ クワトロチーズ」は越えてはいけないラインを越えてしまっている気がする。なぜなら、外見が思いっきりパンだからだ

・食べてみよう

いやいや、天下のファミリーマートが「新中華まん」と言っているのだから、食べてみたら納得の中華まんであるはず。というわけで、さっそく食べてみたところ……


パンだーーーーーーー! 仮に、作る工程は中華まんの「皮」だったとしても、香ばしい外側とふんわり柔らかい中のコントラストは明らかにパンの味。

ただし、蒸されているせいか、普通のパンよりも食感はふんわり柔らかく、これはこれで新食感だ。さらには、ほのかにチーズの風味も漂っている。っていうか、ウマイなこのパン生地。

そんな生地に、トロトロチーズの餡が包まれており、ひと口食べると濃厚なチーズの味が口いっぱいに広がる。チーズ好きとしては大満足な味だ。

・ヤンキーの優しさ

清々しいほどに中華まん感皆無なこの外道中華まん。だが、ヤンキーがふいに見せる優しさほど沁みる法則なのか、めちゃくちゃウマく感じた。チーズ好きは1度食べてみる価値はあるかもしれない。

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▼お前……ひょっとして、パンじゃね?

【△】やっぱサッカー日本代表FW本田さんの無回転シュートはスゴイぜ…と思わずにはいられない動画

サッカーの本田さんといえば、言うまでもなく本田圭佑選手のことを指す。先日の国際親善試合には惜しくも招集されていなかったが、誰もが認めるサッカー日本代表FWといえば本田さん。その力強いプレイは、まさに「本田△」(本田さんカッケェ)だ。

さて、そんな彼は今現在、メキシコのサッカークラブ「パチューカ」で活躍中なのであるが、ひさびさに本田選手の代名詞「無回転シュート」がバチコーンッと炸裂! 動画もアップされていたのでサクっと紹介しておこう。

・2017年10月18日「パチューカ vs トルーカ」での1シーン

パチューカに所属の本田選手が繰り出した無回転シュート映像をアップしているのは、通称リーガMXこと、メキシコのサッカーリーグ「LIGA Bancomer MX(リーガ・バンコメル・MX)」の公式Twitterアカウントだ。

動画の尺は、わずか13秒。現地時間18日に行われた「パチューカ vs トルーカ」での1シーンとのこと。その内容を、実況的に説明すると……


本田、ボールを受け取る! → 「バチコーンッ!!」と一気に振り抜く! → これは無回転!! グオオオオオ! → キーパーのド正面だけど、キャッチできず!! → 弾かれたボールをチームメイトがエイヤっと押し込んでゴーーーーール!!


──であるが、わざわざ文字にする必要もなかったかもしれない。それよりなにより注目すべきは、13秒の中に収録されているスロー映像。よ〜く見ると……本当にボールが回転してない! これぞまさしく無回転!! 本田△! △〜ッ!!

・見てて飽きない無回転シュート

ちなみに無回転シュートは、別名「ブレ球」とも呼ばれており、野球で言うなら「ナックルボール」といった感じの “予測不可能な軌道を描く” のが特徴だ。見事に決まると「魔法かよ!」ってくらいの動きをすることも……。いくつか動画をピックアップしてみたので、興味のある人はそちらも併せて要チェックだ。本田△!

参照元:Twitter @LIGABancomerMX
執筆:GO羽鳥

Passepied to Release New Mini Album “OTONARI-san”

On October 18, Passepied will release their new mini album, “OTONARI-san.” This is the band’s first release since their album from this past January, “&DNA.” This is also Passepied’s first release since the departure of their drummer, Yao Takuya, this past May. Since his departure, the band has used supporter drummers, who also appear on “OTONARI-san.”

Passepied’s new mini album features seven songs. The song “Akatsuki” serves as the CM song for Inter-High 2017 Yomiuri Shimbun, which showcases high school student athletes. In support of the album, Passepied has released music videos for “Akatsuki” and two other songs, plus a preview for another song. Check out the videos below, along with the mini album’s cover and tracklist!

パスピエ「OTONARIさん」ジャケット

1. 音の鳴る方へ (Oto no Naru Hou e)
2. あかつき (Akatsuki)
3. EVE
4. (dis)communication
5. 空 (Sora)
6. ポオトレイト (Portrait)
7. 正しいままではいられない (Tadashii Mama de wa Irarenai)

Oto no Naru Hou e

Akatsuki

(dis)communication

Tadashii Mama de wa Irarenai

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Toyota, other Japanese carmakers say hoods containing Kobe Steel aluminium are safe

Three Japanese automakers on Thursday confirmed the safety of aluminium components made by Kobe Steel Ltd, allaying some concerns that Kobe’s falsified quality data had compromised the safety of the products.

Kobe Steel, Japan’s No. 3 steelmaker, admitted earlier this month to falsifying the quality data for aluminium and copper products and even optical disks. The falsifications may stretch back for 10 years. Since then, global automakers, aircraft companies and other manufacturers have scrambled to identify potential hazards in their products.

Toyota Motor Corp, Honda Motor Co and Mazda Motor Co said that hoods and other exterior parts used in their cars which were made from aluminium directly supplied by Kobe Steel were safe, prompting a 5 percent jump in Kobe Steel shares.

“We confirmed that the materials satisfy applicable statutory standards, and our own internal standard, for key safety and durability requirements for vehicles,” Toyota said in a statement.

Toyota, one of the world’s largest automakers, identified aluminium plates supplied by Kobe Steel for the hoods and rear hatches of Toyota and Lexus brand vehicles. While outside the automaker’s specifications, they were still safe to use.

The aluminium is supplied in sheets, and used by automakers to press into exterior parts. Aluminium has become an increasingly popular material for automakers to use in body parts as the material is lighter than steel, which can improve fuel efficiency.

The automakers said that they were checking to see how the safety and durability of other components sourced from suppliers which use Kobe Steel products would be affected by the falsifications.

While other firms including Nissan Motor Co said their were still investigating the effect on their vehicles, the announcements by Toyota, Honda and Mazda suggest that Kobe Steel’s cheating scandal may have a limited impact on product safety.

European regulators earlier this week advised aircraft manufacturers to stop using parts supplied by the company until their safety can be verified.

Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism is planning to probe the safety of automobiles, trains and planes using Kobe Steel products, a ministry spokesman said. The meeting will share information but its final scope and start date have not been finalised.

Toyota sources aluminium plates, copper tubes, steel wires and other products directly from Kobe Steel. The company also sources products from its suppliers which contain steel powder, copper tubes and other materials made by Kobe.

© (c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2017.

Nowhere to hide: N Korean missiles spur anxiety in Hokkaido fishing town

Ever since North Korea lobbed two missiles far above this windswept fishing town on Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido, seaweed farmer Mitsuyo Kawamura says she’s been on edge.

“Now when I hear a loud sound, I look outside, I look out at the ocean,” 68-year-old Kawamura said from her seaside cottage in Erimo, where she lays out long dark strands of kombu seaweed on stones to dry in the sun. “I feel anxious, like I never know when it will come again.”

As Japan prepares to vote in Sunday’s national election, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called North Korea’s escalating threats — it also conducted a sixth nuclear test last month — a “national crisis” that only he can lead Japan through.

Yet the missiles that flew over Erimo on Aug. 29 and Sept. 15 created an eerie threat: No one saw or heard them. They streaked by several hundred kilometers above land, too high to see with the naked eye, before splashing into the Pacific more than 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) to the east.

Warnings of the missiles spread through sirens and government-issued “J-alerts” on millions of cell phones throughout Japan, jolting some out of sleep.

Kawamura has since stocked up on extra food and keeps the radio on to listen for more warnings. Like many residents here– and across Japan — she feels helpless, unsure of how to protect herself.

“When it’s launched, it could land here just moments later,” she said. “There’s nowhere to hide.”

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A poster showing the face of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is displayed in a field in Erimo. Photo: REUTERS

Abe’s rhetoric has grown harsher as North Korea has threatened to “sink” Japan and seems intent on developing nuclear warheads that can reach the U.S. mainland. He has repeatedly backed U.S. President Donald Trump’s”all-options-on-the-table” stance and says now is not the time for dialogue.

“They promised in 1994 and again in 2005 that they would abandon their nuclear programme. But they have broken their word and developed nuclear devices and missiles,” Abe said at a campaign rally last week. “We’re not going to be deceived anymore.”

To protect itself, Japan has deployed 34 Patriot PAC-3 anti-missile batteries around the country, including one in Hokkaido, and Aegis defense systems on several destroyers. U.S. forces in Japan also have ballistic missile defense equipment that can — if all goes well — take out a missile in mid-flight.

The rockets thrust tiny Erimo, population 4,850, into the global spotlight. Maps on TV broadcasts showed the missiles’ flight paths over nearby Cape Erimo, a jagged point that juts into the Pacific where seals frolic.

At the town’s docks, where fishermen sorted through the morning’s haul of salmon, tossing them into vats of ice water, strong support for Abe was mixed with worries that he’s too strident, putting Japan at risk.

“Right now, no one’s better than Abe,” said Satoru Narita, a 72-year-old fisherman.

If anything, Japan has been too passive, said 23-year-old Ryosuke Kinoshita, who supports Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party.

“Next time they launch one, I’d almost like to see us fire one back,” he said. “We can’t live in peace and safety.”

But Haruki Suminoya, head of Erimo’s fishing union, cautioned that being overly aggressive could provoke North Korea into lashing out.

“Abe’s approach is too strong, too hardline,” he said. “A more restrained approach is better.”

The recent war of words between Trump and North Korea unsettled many residents, who pointed out they were a much closer target than the United States.

While pressure was needed toward North Korea, being too tough could be disastrous, said Mayor Masaki Ohnishi. “If North Korea does something serious, Japan is within shooting range.”

So far, it seems that Abe is winning over voters. Nationwide polls show the LDP is headed for a big win this weekend.

Erimo residents were divided on Abe’s signature policy of revising Japan’s war-renouncing constitution to clarify the status of the country’s military. Critics worry that it could lead to an expanded role for the armed forces overseas and entangle it in U.S.-led conflicts.

But Shinto priest Hirotaka Tezuka, 39, said the constitution had grown outdated. “We need a constitution that’s better suited to the present era.”

Yoshihiro Naito, 77, opposed the idea. “The commitment we’ve made not to wage war has kept Japan safe.” He plans to vote for an opposition party because he thinks Abe and the LDP have become too powerful.

Town officials said they have not taken any particular precautionary steps following the recent missile launches, nor do they plan any “duck and cover” drills that have been held elsewhere.

The town has loud speakers on 50 tall poles to broadcast warnings for tsunamis, typhoons — and now missiles. In recent months, they have installed wireless units in 1,500 of the 2,200 homes so people can hear them when they are indoors.

Erimo also has emergency stocks of food, water and other supplies, the mayor said. That’s particularly important for Erimo because it is linked to the rest of Hokkaido by only one coast-hugging road, which gets closed several times a year due to heavy rains or massive waves.

Local fishermen are nervous about North Korea’s warning that it might conduct a hydrogen bomb test over the Pacific, which they worry would contaminate the water like the Fukushima nuclear disaster did in 2011.

“The radiation would make all the fish inedible,” said Narita, the elderly fisherman. “Like in Fukushima, we couldn’t do our jobs.”

The town’s dwindling fishing industry has already been hit hard by a plunge in the salmon catch as well as by a dearth of youngsters to take over the trade.

When young people move away to cities such as Sapporo, Hokkaido’s capital, sometimes their parents follow them, residents said. Erimo’s population, which peaked above 9,000 in the 1960s, has fallen to nearly half that level.

“We’re a fishing town,” said Naito, “so if we can’t catch fish any more, we’re finished.”

© (c) Copyright Thomson Reuters 2017.

Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern to be New Zealand’s next leader

Jacinda Ardern will be New Zealand’s next prime minister after a small political party chose to make a deal with liberals following the nation’s election nearly a month ago.

At 37 years old, Ardern will be the nation’s youngest leader in more than 150 years. She has been compared to other young, charismatic leaders such as President Emmanuel Macron in France and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Canada.

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters announced Thursday that his party had decided to enter a coalition with Ardern’s Labour Party. The liberal Green Party will support the coalition but won’t be a part of the government.

New Zealanders have been waiting since the Sept 23 election to find out who will govern after the election ended without a clear winner.

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【意味不明】ファミリーマート、何を思ったのか海苔弁を「おむすび」にしてしまう

毎週のように新しい商品を発売しているコンビニ業界。だが、中にはナニコレ? と首をかしげてしまうモノも存在する。今回の主役はまさにそういった商品だ。発売したのは大手コンビニ「ファミリーマート」。先日もウンコにしか見えない電子マネー導入を発表したりと、最近やけに荒ぶってるな。

話は変わるが、あなたは海苔弁を知っているだろうか? きっと多くの人が「ある」と答えると思うのだが、言うまでもなくあれは弁当だ。しかし、ファミマは何を思ったのか、海苔弁をおむすびにしてしまったのである。海苔弁を、おむすびに、してしまったのである。は? 一体何のつもりなのか。

・意味不明な新商品

弁当箱にご飯を詰め、その上に海苔を敷き詰めたものが海苔弁だ。基本的には箸を使って食べるものである。しかし、ファミマが2017年10月17日に新発売した『海苔弁風おむすび』は、海苔弁をおむすびにするという大変トリッキーなアイデアで、我々消費者を混乱の渦に陥れている。

・なぜやろうと思ったのか

見た感じは大きめサイズのおむすびで、ご飯と一緒に白身魚のフライ・ちくわの磯辺揚げが海苔で巻かれている。たしかに海苔弁に必要なものは揃っているが、なんというか「なら海苔弁でよくね?」という根本的な疑問から脱することができないのはなぜなのか。

「海苔弁のおいしさをワンハンドで楽しめる、夢のようなおむすびです」

というファミマのコメントも妙にじわじわくる。おまえの夢、ささやかすぎるだろ!

・実際に食べてみた

具材はご飯からはみ出すほどのサイズだが、手を汚さずに崩さず食べることができるのは良い。白身魚フライはソースで味付けがされており、タルタルソースも忘れずにかかっていた。また、海苔弁にはちくわがマスト。そういう意味で、海苔弁の押さえるべき部分は押さえている手堅い作りと言えるだろう。

おむすびの具はおかかで、海苔・揚げ物との組み合わせにより、口の中で海苔弁の味を見事に再現することに成功している。いや、ウマいよこれ。コンセプトは意味不明だけど。ただ、もし箸で食べてしまうと「なら海苔弁でよくね?」となってしまうので、ここはぜひ手でいってほしい。

・インスタ女子にオススメ

お値段は税抜230円って、けっこうすんな! と思いつつ、おむすびの中ではトップレベルのボリュームだと思われる。ファミマは「インスタ映えする」と謎の自信をのぞかせているので、インスタ女子たちは忘れずチェックしてみてくれ。あ、撮ったら捨てずにちゃんと食えよ!

参考リンク:ファミリーマート「海苔弁風おむすび」
Report:あひるねこ
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