【南極冒険28日目】マイナス15度極寒の地域を荻田氏が「世界最高のキャンプ地」という理由とは?

南極点に向けて歩き続ける荻田泰永(おぎたやすなが)氏。冒険開始から4週間、28日目を終了して日本の事務局に定時連絡が入ったので、現在の状況をお伝えしよう。

・荻田氏からの定期連絡(日本時間 12月15日)

現在地:南緯 84度37分 西経 80度39分
この日の移動距離:26.6km
標高:1279m
天候:晴れ
気温:マイナス15度

・風が収まり距離を伸ばす

前日は吹き下しの風に苦戦した荻田氏。珍しく「疲れた」と漏らしていたのだが、この日は午後から風が収まったという。そのおかげで順調に距離を伸ばしているようだ。また、標高は変わりなく見えるが、上り下りを繰り返したもよう。

なお、午後からの状況がよほど良かったのか、荻田氏は現在いる場所について「世界最高のキャンプ地」とまで言っている。マイナス15度の南極が「世界最高のキャンプ地」というのは不思議な感じがするが、そう評したくなるほど “順調な証拠” と言えるかもしれない。

・コンディションも最高

それにしても、今いる場所を『最高』と呼べるのは、やはり荻田氏が生粋の冒険家であり、これまで何度も苦難に遭遇してきたからだろう。いくら身体が元気で物資が揃っていても、南極大陸にたった1人でいたら、私なら「寂しさが押し寄せてきそう」と不安になってしまう……。

ちなみに、本人によれば「身体はいたって元気。怪我もなく、筋肉や関節の痛みもなく、靴擦れひとつ無し」であり、「道具や物資にも不備はなく、必要なすべてが整っている」とのことだ。

※南極お悩み相談
荻田氏のTwitter(@ogitayasunaga )をフォローして、「#南極お悩み相談」をつけて相談を投稿すると、荻田氏が相談に答えてくれるかも! 相談内容は日本の事務局から荻田氏に伝えられるぞ。南極大陸を歩き続ける荻田氏に、何でも相談してみよう!

協力:荻田泰永南極遠征事務局
Photo:荻田泰永, used with permission.
執筆:佐藤英典
★こちらもどうぞ → 荻田氏の「南極冒険

Chris Martin joins hometown Rangers after 2 years in Japan

The Texas Rangers have finalized Chris Martin’s $4 million, two-year contract after the homegrown pitcher spent the past two seasons in Japan.

The 31-year-old right-hander, who was born in Arlington and went to high school about 4 miles from the Rangers’ ballpark, had a long road to his first shot in the majors with Colorado three years ago. He pitched for the New York Yankees before joining the Pacific League’s Nippon Ham Fighters.

Martin had the lowest ERA (1.12) and opponents’ batting average (.154) in the Japanese leagues during the 2016-17 seasons.

As part pf the deal announced Friday, the 6-foot-8 reliever will make $1.75 million next season and $2.25 million in 2019.

After twice turning down offers to sign out of high school and junior college, Martin injured his shoulder pitching for McLennan Community College. He was out of baseball about three years before getting a shot in the Boston organization.

Martin is 0-2 with a 6.19 ERA in 40 major league appearances, the most one recent on Oct. 3, 2015, for the Yankees at Baltimore.

He can earn $550,000 in performance bonuses with the Rangers based on games finished: $50,000 each for 10, 15 and 20, and $100,000 apiece for 25, 30, 35 and 40. He will become a free agent at the end of the contract.


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Shoma Uno Places 2nd at Grand Prix Final

From December 7 – 10, this year’s Grand Prix Final took place in Nagoya. This was the final event in the International Skating Union’s 2017 – 2018 Grand Prix Series. Japan sent 3 skaters to this competition, with Shoma Uno placing second in the men’s competition.

Shoma finished second with a total score of 286.01, 0.50 points behind American Nathan Chen. Shoma’s short program received a score of 101.51, putting him in second place, 1.81 points behind Nathan. Shoma completed a triple axel cleanly, but then weirdly fell at the very end of the landing, costing him a point. “I made a ‘new type of mistake’ today,” Shoma said. “The triple axel is a jump I know I can land. I felt I didn’t take off in the way I usually do. So I tightened myself hard in the air and I don’t know what happened. Maybe over-rotation.” He lost another point for finishing his program after the allotted time. After the Internationaux de France, Shoma made small changes which requires more time for his step sequence.“I changed the music a bit and started today’s program slightly earlier. I was not surprised by the 101 points, but I was more surprised by the two-point deduction.”

Shoma’s free skating was the top one of the event, with a score of 184.50, 1.31 points ahead of Nathan’s. Shoma underrotated his opening quad loop. He then recieved a poor grade of execution on a quad toe. Later in the program, Shoma underrotated another quad toe, one which he planned to do in combination with a double toe, but did not execute. After the short program, Shoma said, “The quad toe loop today was the jump my body was not ready for. I was proud of getting both the quad salchow and quad flip done. I just need to work on the toe loop from now on.”

Satoko Miyahara finished in fifth place with a total score of 213.49. She substituted for the injured Evgenia Medvedeva of Russia. Her short program was ranked third, with a score of 74.61, 1.66 behind Russia’s Alina Zagitova. After the short program, Satoko said, “This season, I didn’t have the Grand Prix Final in my mind, but now that I am here I didn’t want to waste this amazing chance that I got. I thought my jumps were better than Skate America and my scores were better as well.”

Satoko’s free skate was ranked fourth, with a score of 138.88. She underrotated both parts of her triple lutz / triple toe combination as well as the following triple flip. “I know there are some mistakes in today’s program, and it was not the best performance I could put out,” she said. “I felt a little bit more nervous compared to Skate America.” She continued, “I tried hard and finished without major mistakes, so I was relieved. I knew some of the jumps were not clean, and the score reflected exactly what I felt. I take this as the reality, so I know what I need to work on.”

Wakaba Higuchi finished in sixth place with a total score of 202.11. Her short program was ranked fifth, with a score of 73.26. She received an edge call on her triple flip. After the short program, Wakaba said, “Today’s performance was good, so I will try keeping my emotion and I would like to do my best in the free skate like I have practiced.”

Wakaba’s free skate was ranked sixth, with a score of 128.85. There were a lot of issues with this skate: a doubled triple salchow, a doubled triple lutz, and an edge call on a triple flip. “I am disappointed after my skating today,” Wakaba later said. “I forced myself to do my triple lutz / triple toe combination and landed it. But I am still upset after my performance, because I missed the triple salchow and the second triple lutz. I felt that I didn’t have speed in the step sequence.”

The next competition is the Japanese National Championships, which will take place in Tokyo on December 20 – 24. This event will decide who goes to the Four Continents Championships in Taipei, Taiwan in January, the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea in February, and the World Championships in Milan, Italy in March.

Shoma Uno

Short program

Free skate

Exhibition

________

Satoko Miyahara

Short program

Free skate

Exhibition

________

Wakaba Higuchi

Short program

Free skate

Exhibition

Source, source, source

Frieza Gives Up Conquering Worlds to Take Your Sushi Order

Has the great DBZ villain reached a new low, or is he merely in a long game to claim supremacy over fast food?

After yet another failed attempt to defeat Goku and his band of Super Saiyan fighters, Frieza has finally thrown in the towel and gotten a real job instead of terrifying the populous. Twitter user Flanker didn’t so much spot Frieza, but heard him — in the form of a sushi order machine.

It seems that voice actor Ryusei Nakao provided the lines for the machine in the voice he uses when bringing the villain to life. Imagine going into a sushi restaurant only to hear one of anime’s greatest foes taking your order.

The sushi restaurant is Hamazushi, and Nakao isn’t just the voice of the restaurant chain’s machines. He’s also provided narration for their commercials.

While working with Frieza would be intimidating at first glance, he was actually voted as Japanese men’s top choice for anime character bosses. Overall he was third in that poll, thanks in part to Levi’s popularity from Attack on Titan.

So has Frieza reached a new low, or is he merely in a long game to claim supremacy over fast food?

Source: Twitter/@flanker_CBR600 via Hachima Kiko
Top image: Flickr/Phát Hữu

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【最強レシピ】ブッ飛ぶくらい極うま! 爽快ピリ辛の味噌鍋『羽鳥ちゃんこ』は「ゆず」がポイント / 毎日食べても飽きないぞ!!

しばれる冬の自炊メシといえば、今も昔も鍋である。なにせ簡単。具材を入れて、つゆ入れて、あとはグツグツ煮るだけだ。だが、毎日のように鍋となると、どうしてもいつかは飽きてしまう……のであるが、今回紹介する鍋レシピは一味も二味も違う。

飽きないのだ。なぜか食い終えたら「また明日も……」となるのだ。あまりにも飽きないので、何かヤバいモノでも入っているんじゃ? と勘ぐるくらいにヤバイのだ。本当にヤバイ。ブッ飛ぶくらいヤバイ。料理名はまだないので、「羽鳥ちゃんこ(仮)」と名付けたい。

・羽鳥ちゃんこの具材(1〜2人前)★は必須


豚肉:200gくらい → しゃぶしゃぶ用を推薦。1人で200くらいペロリだ。
・魚:適量 → あると贅沢だけど、なくてもいい
白菜:適量 → ガッツリ入れよう
大根:適量 → 味噌味シミシミが激ウマ!
・人参:適量 → 彩りにも良し
・長ねぎ:適量 → たくさん入れると甘くなる。甘さ調節用だ
・豆腐:適量 → あると嬉しいね
きのこ:適量 → 出汁にもなるし、入れたほうが美味い
日本酒:200ml → 必須
お湯:200〜250ml → 調節しつつ
ほんだし:適量 → めんどうなので、顆粒のでいい
だし入り味噌:大さじ1くらい → ふつうのでいい。私は「マルコメ」を使用。
赤だし味噌:大さじ1〜1.5くらい → 違う種類のみそを合わせるのがポイント
にんにくおろし:小さじ1 → 超ポイント。私は瓶詰めのを使用。
ゆずとうがらし(ペースト状):小さじ2 → 必須。カルディとかで売ってる。
すりごま:適量 → 超ポイント。これがないと始まらない。
ゆずこしょう:適量 → できるだけ上質なものを選んだほうがブッ飛ぶ。


・羽鳥ちゃんこのつくりかた

その1:肉(魚)以外の具材を、ぜんぶ鍋に入れる

その2:日本酒を入れる

その3:約200mlのお湯に「ほんだし、みそ、赤だし味噌、にんにくおろし、ゆずとうがらし」の5点セットを入れて、コネコネ混ぜて、鍋に入れて火をつける

その4:一度では溶けないと思うので、グツグツの汁を使いながら、丁寧に溶かす

その5:あるていど煮込まれたら、野菜のかさも減ってくるので、肉(魚)を全部入れてグツグツ

その6:最後に、すりごまをドバーッと入れてグツグツ。おわり!



なお、ゆずこしょうは、薬味的に小皿などに入れておこう。

・気になるお味は?

まずは、どんな味がするのかをテンション高めに説明しておこう。

濃厚かつ複雑なみそ味!! 汁だけ飲むと「濃厚ラーメンかよ!」ってほど! そしてピリリと辛い!! と思いきや、野菜の出汁で甘さもキテる!! ていうか豚肉のワイルドな出汁もヤバイ! なのに「ゆず風味」が爽やか! さらに「ごま」の香ばしい味が加わり……もうなんだかよくわからない!! てな感じだ。


・悶絶必至の食べ方

また、絶対に試して欲しいオススメの食べ方もある。味の染みた豚肉と、くたくたになった白菜に、耳かき1さじ程度の ゆずこしょう をのせて……パクッ! すると……

ッッッッッッッックゥ〜〜〜〜〜〜!! 爽快&ピリ辛&ジューシー&うま味の四重奏キターーーッ!! と悶絶することマチガイナシ。「豚肉、白菜、ゆずこしょう」の3点セット、これは絶対に忘れてはならない。ごはんにチョンチョンしてもGOODだぞ。


・研究開発の末に完成した究極の味噌鍋

今冬の私は、自炊できるチャンスがあれば9割がたの確率で「鍋」を作っていた。最初は醤油味を攻めていたが、ある時からミソになり、改良に改良を重ね……「もうこれ以上はないだろう!」というレベルにまで磨き上げた。それがこの羽鳥ちゃんこだ。

ひとくち食べたその瞬間、おそらく誰もが「なんだこれは……」と昇天するはず。もしかしたら、あまりの美味さに号泣するかも。ようするに、ブッ飛ぶ。つまるところ自信作だ。とは言えど、ヤバイものは入っていないので、ぜひともトライしてほしい。

Report:GO羽鳥
Photo:RocketNews24.

▼音も香りも感じるGIFアニメ

▼シミシミの大根さんも美味い〜〜〜!


▼お好みでお魚もどうぞ

▼3点セットに、しめじ等を加えても好(ハオ)だ!

▼ごちそうさまでした! また明日も作ろう……

★こちらもどうぞ → シリーズ『最強レシピ

Gundams take over interior of Tokyo shopping mall that already has a full-scale Gundam out front

Rare chance to ice skate next to giant anime robot also part of winter festivities.

The Diver City entertainment complex on the Tokyo Bay island of Odaiba has a lot going for it. It’s got a large number of specialty shops, lots of dining options, and is just a short walk from the seashore where you can see some great views of the Tokyo skyline.

Really, though, the main reason to go is because there’s a full-scale 19.7-meter (64.6-foot) statue of anime robot Gundam standing right outside the building.

And right now, Diver City has even more Gundam goodness inside, thanks to the ongoing Gundam Docks event. For example, step inside the first entrance you’ll come to after exiting the nearby Tokyo Teleport train station…

…and you’ll be instantly greeted by a 1/10-scale statue of the original RX-78 Gundam.

▼ Apparently he’s not needed on the set of Ready Player One today.

During the event, statues representing various Gundam models from the franchise’s nearly 40-year history can be found on each floor of the complex.

▼ Due to the fully armored nature of his feet, Gundam can go without a pair of Dr. Martens.

In addition to the statues, Diver City’s interior is decked out with all sorts of Gundam art.

▼ Even the non-robotic cast is part of the festivities.

Some of the coolest art can be found on the fourth floor, where trick art panels let you cleverly use perspective to put yourself into anime action scenes.

▼ Little-known fact: demonstrating that you can stop a beam saber slash with your bare hands is part of the SoraNews24 application process.

Look up, and you’ll see some actual three-dimensional art, in the form of giant inflatable versions of robot companion Haro hanging in the atrium.

Once you’ve seen everything inside, make your way back out to the Festival Plaza, where the full-size Gundam statue is. Off to one side, on an exterior staircase connecting Diver City’s first and second floors, is an array of 21 1/10-scale mobile suits, consisting of the RX-78 and 10 specimens each of the GM and Zaku, eternal cannon fodder units of Gundam’s good guys and bad guys, respectively.

And of course, you’ll want to gaze up at the giant statue of the RX-0 Unicorn Gundam, which is lit up at night and periodically transforms between Destroy to Unicorn Modes.

And if you happen to like not just anime, but winter sports as well, there’s a temporary ice skating rink set up in the plaza too, so that you can practice your double lutz under the patient, caring gaze of the RX-0.

The ice skate will be open until January 28, but the Gundam Docks event is only going on until January 8.

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