These Funassyi x Hello Kitty collaboration summertime sweets will be available at Circle K Sunkus convenience stores around Japan starting on Tuesday, June 28th (check with your local store for availability). The are Nassyi (pear) Lassis in three different cup designs, and pear-flavored jelly which comes in reusable mugs. The lassis are 168 yen each, and the jellies 550 yen, tax included. Available while supplies last.
The official site for Funassyi’s Beach House (previously) has opened, with plenty of details. A “beach house” in Japanese terms is a summer-only establishment that serves casual food, sells gifts, and may also have a place to shower and so on. This Funassyi themed one is still a beach house, just with some extra pear juice.
The menu is that of a typical beach house - besides things you might expect like burgers and fries and salads, there are also some Japanese beach house must-haves like curry (the Funa-Sea-food Curry) and the Dashi Stock Bushaa! Udon. A la carte the menu is a bit pricey, but there are set menu deals which soften the blow. If you make a reservation online, which will allow you to go right in without waiting, you can choose between 2-hour stays that come with a sticker or a fan, both Funassyi-design of course, or a deal that allows you to hang out in a VIP room for 5 hours, take a shower, and have a free drink - plus the fan or sticker too. That last reservation deal costs 5,000 yen, not including the food.
The gift shop has a lot of beach-themed items such as t-shirts, beach balls and the like, plus bottles of Funassyi-design champagne for 8,500 yen each.
Last but not least, there will be 2 special events at the Funassyi Beach House. The first one will be sans The Pear, who will be elsewhere that day, but is billed as a Birthday Party for him on July 4th. If you make a reservation on that day you will get a free glass of champagne. And Funassyi will be there in pearson on August 10th at 15:00 and 17:00, where he will have a ‘special talk show’ with former NMB48 member and Funassyi fan Ayaka Umeda. In order to obtain a ticket for a drawing for one of the seats at the shows, you will need to spend at least 4,000 yen at the Beach House from July 2nd to August 3rd.
The almost-life-size Funassyi figure on display at Funassyiland Funabashi has been dressed as a June bride. Adorable. (Via)
This Funassyi design cheese pear tart will be available for a limited time at 4 branches of Pablo, a patisserie chain that specializes in cheese tarts. The 15cm diamater tarts are baked fresh daily, and are filled with fluffy cream cheese mousse packed with pear (western pear, not nashi pear) compote, and glazed with pear gelée. The tart will retail for 1,396 yen and will only be available from July 4 - 16, 2016 at the following Pablo stores: Omotesando in Harajuku; Lalaport Tachikawa Tachihi in Tachikawa, Tokyo; Dotonbori in Osaka; and inside the Suminodo Keihin department store in Osaka.
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A limited-period Funassyi Cafe will open for the first time outside of Japan. This one will be at the WIREDCAFE & ROSIE’S CAFE in Hong Kong from July 1st to August 31st, 2016. As with the other Funassyi Cafes, there will be Funassyi-themed menu items and exclusive merchandise.
(Note: I haven’t seen a detailed report about this Funassyi Cafe in Japanese, not to mention English, as of yet, but it was posted on Twitter by BUZZ LIGHT, the company that does many of Funassyi’s overseas events such as his trip to Macau, so I trust it’s legit.)
Hi there, I was recently in Japan (Tokyo, and Nagano Prefecture) and was happy to see Funassyi items in the bigger cities and towns (Nagano and Matsumoto as well as Tokyo). Among the Funassy stash I picked up was his Funanomics 2 DVD. In it, I heard ref
What is going on in the pictures seen in the tweet posted by ゆみっち@0704Nishikigoi at 7:28 am - 21 Jun 2016? Is Funassyi doing the ketsugobo? And if so, do you know if it was on a TV show or something else? :O
Trying to stay cool on a hot, muggy rainy season day in June… (Via)
Funassyiland will be holding a summer sale starting tomorrow, June 24th, and lasting until August 31st. Selected items will be 30 to 70% off, and there will also be “Happy Bags” (lucky bags) filled with a selection of merchandise - usually a great deal, especially if you’re just starting out with your Funassy collection. The Summer Sale will be at all Funassyilands, including the limited-period one in Fukuoaka and the web shop.
A summer-only casual eatery and gift shop called Funassyi’s Beach House will be open from July 2nd to August 31st, on Katase Nishihama Beach on the Shonan Enoshima coast in Fujisawa, Kanagawa prefecture. (Shonan is probably the most popular beach area in Japan.) While Funassyi themed summertime establishments have opened before, this is the first “sea house” (umi no ie) with Funassyi’s name on it. The menu will have items like the Funassyu Gyuu (beef, also is a pun for ‘stuffed’) Burger illustrated above, a shaved ice (kakigori) plate with Funassyi on a waffle “island”, and more. There will also be exclusive Funassyi-design merchandise on sale.
Funassyi will make 2 in-pearson appearances on August 10th. I’ll post more details later.
Incidentally, there’s a listing on a part-time/temporary (baito) job search site called Town Work for a job in the Funassyi Beach House gift shop. It seems that they pay basically minimum wage, starting at 905 yen/hour, plus up to 1,000 yen per day as a transportation allowance. (Giving transportation allowances to employees is a standard thing in Japan.) There’s also a listing for server jobs in the cafe part of the Beach House - the base pay there is a bit more, 950 yen per houre. All workers are given a Funassyi-themed t-shirt to wear as a uniform, which I assume they will get to keep when summer is over. it sounds like a great summer job for a student who loves the beach and Funassyi though.
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Nittele Service is introducing a line of kitchen items called Okusama Ouen Series (奥様応援シリーズ), which loosely translates as “Items to help the lady of the house”. The line features a clean, retro look and features white enamel cookware and storage containers (white enamelware, which has been around for decades in Japan, is quite trendy these days), colanders, kitchen towels and more. Nittele Service is marketing this line by issuing a catalog - I am not sure (since I don’t have one yet) if you need to order from the catalog, or if the catalog is just to promote the line. The catalog is available at all Funassyiland stores including the webstore. The actual items will be available in July.
A, B, C!!! A, B, C!!!!! No, Funassyi has not lost his mind, he’s just sending a cheer to the mascot for the ABC Asahi station in Osaka, ABCiee.
A range of Nassyi Fes official merchandise is now available for pre-order from now until July 15th online, or via the Loppi ticket ordering system (located in Lawson convenience stores). The highlight has to be the colorful happi shown above - a happy is a kind of short, loose jacket that is mostly worn at matsuri (Shinto festivals) and so on these days, although shop attendants used to wear them too The Nassyfes one is vibrantly colored in Funassyi yellow and blue, and costs 7,400 yen plus tax. There’s also a Rocker Funassyi mascot with mysterious red hair (not sure who/what this is supposed to look like…), t-shirts, hoodies and more.
Preordered items will be delivered on or after August 17th. The items will also be available at the Nassyi Fes venues.
Funassyi made two unannounced visits in Osaka earlier today - first at the Funassyi Cafe, then at the Funassyiland Osaka store. There’s a short video of his Funassyi Cafe visit here, where you can see how thrilled the fans were. He also held a brief press conference prior to the opening of the cafe; here’s a video of that, where he shows off his Chinese.
Here’s a video of today’s Chiba Residents’ Day event at Lalaport Tokyo Bay in Funabashi from EMI274. The main scenario was that this was a tryout for the Chiba Lotte Marines, but of course Funassyi frequently goess off-script as it were as he usually does – which is what makes his live appearances so fun to watch. The MC is having none of though, and kind of ignores whatever Funassyi is saying or doing to stick to the script. I don’t know if she was hired by the Marines, Funassyi’s team or even Lalaport, but she is certainly no match for Aicchy. I hope that Funassyi can find a good MC before the big Budokan and Osaka Jo Hall events/concerts in August.
In any case, Funassyi was as chipper as usual. At the end of the show as everyone exits the stage, they played an old song called Les Champs-Élysées for some reason. Originally an English song called Waterloo Road with totally different lyrics, French lyrics were written for it by lyricist Pierre Delanoë, and it became a big international hit sung by Joe Dassin. Japanese lyrics were written for it and the song, given the title Oh Shanzerize, and covered successfully by several Japanese pop singers in the 1970s - when they used to do that kind of thing (cover international pop hits with Japanese lyrics) quite a lot. Anyway it’s now a oldie classic standars. Here’s a video of that last part from EMI274 again, as Funassyi sashays away to the tune.