Hi everyone. My apologies for my sudden lack of updates. I’ve been in the hospital since last Friday, when I had to have emergency surgery. I’ll be back posting here when I’m better. I have a Funassyi doll at my side, keeping me company in the hospital. ^_^ (Photo via)
Many of the Hong Kong nashitomo who are in our Facebook group went to the WIRED CAFE events there yesterday, and they all report having a great time. Funassyi (in Pear Suit no. 4) went around to all the tables, shaking hands and taking pictures - something that would be impossible these days at most of his events in Japan due to the crush of fans. In Hong Kong he is quite popular, but things haven’t gotten so crazy yet so fans were able to hug him and so on without incident.
Many thanks to our wonderful Hong Kong nashitomo - Andy and Cindy, Christopher, Michael, Siu and Xavier - for giving permission to post their photos!
A limited period Funassyiland is opening this Saturday, July 9th in Matsuyama, Ehime prefecture, inside the Matsuyama Loft store. This is the first time a Funassyi-related store has appeared in the Shikoku region. It will be open until July 31st, and as usual there will be special merchandise and so on. Since Ehime is a major producer of mikan (mandarin oranges or clementines), a lot of the merchandise is mikan-themed.
I’m a little late posting this, but the 1st year anniversary festivities at Funassyiland Osaka are underway right now, until July 31st. If you make a purchase of 3,000 yen or more during that time, you can receive a limited edition stacking mug. There’s lots of exclusive merchandise for sale too.
In addition, everyone who makes a purchase of 2,000 yen or more from now until the 24th is eligible to enter a drawing for a seat at the 1st anniversary event on the 31st starring The Pear himself, at 18:00 at the Shin Hankyu Hotel. The drawing will be held and the winners announced between the 25th and the 30th.
Funassyi provided the back story of Funyassyi the cat-pear-fairy in a series of off-the-cuff but absolutely wonderful tweets yesterday. Here it is:
Funyassyi used to be a white cat who belonged to a young man in the Alsace region of France. Funyassyi’s original name, when he was a French cat, was Funyançois. The young man went off to war, and Funyançois waited and waited for him under a pear tree, but the young man never came back. The white cat died under the pear tree waiting for his master.
74 years later, a mysterious cat shaped pear grew on the pear tree. Hearing of this, Funassyi heard of this, went to look for it and brought the pear back to the Pear God (Nashi-gami-sama). He asked the Pear God to turn the cat shaped pear into a pear fairy, and his wish was granted. Now, Funyassyi is part of the family. Funyassyi is so friendly with humans, because a long time ago, he used to be a pet cat.
But that’s not all. Although Funyançois the cat died 3 years after his young man went off to war, miraculously that young man survived. At the time, Germany and France were battling fiercely for possession of the Alsace region. The young man survived many a crisis on the front. They even say that he once escaped when their battalion was surrounded by the enemy, with the guidance of a mysterious white cat…
I love that Pear so much.
I love this photo, from the first birthday event session on Monday. Iisa King looks like an avuncular uncle with his three mischievous nephews. (Via)
Here’s another Happy Birthday from an unexpected source - a fukusuke good luck doll in Funassyi colors, from a company called Fukusuke Co. (Via)
Funagoro, Funyassyi and Iisa King all showed up at the first Funassyi Birthday event session at Lalaport Tokyo Bay yesterday. Iisa King gave Funassyi some panned gold from his home town, “enough to pay for a train ticket to Shiodome from Funabashi” in Tokyo where Nippon TV is located. Funagoro and Funyassyi gave Funassyi an Aerosmith Live CD; the two little ones also came to the 2nd session. The MC for both sessions was Yuzuru Ito, aka Yuzurun, the Funassyi product manager at Nittele Service, a subsidiary of Nippon TV.
Here’s a full video of the second session, from EMI277. The huge sunflower bouquet was sent to Funassyi by Chicchai Ossan.
A total of 800 lucky fans beat more than 10 to 1 odds to win one of the seats at each of the 2 sessions.
What could this mysterious website be? We’ll have to wait until August 8th to find out….
Funassyi received many birthday wishes yesterday. One of them was from Kirin Beer, who sent him a virtual beer that they make in Chiba prefecture. Bushaa! (Via)
Funassyi at Hakodate Race Course in Hakodate, Hokkaido today. (Via)
Some of the Hong Kong based Funatomo (Funassyi fans) in our Facebook Funassyi Fan Group have already been to the WIRED CAFEs and ROSIE’S CAFE where the Funassyi Fair is taking place. They report that the Funassyi-based decorations are pretty basic, consisting of some posters on the wall - a fan who has been to the Funassyi Cafes in Japan says she was a bit disappointed. However, they report that the food is good and they’re really happy to have a version of the Funassyi Cafe locally.
Many thanks to Christopher, Andy and Cincin for the photos above!
Funassyi digs into a Funassyi’s Beach House Gyuu Burger. Note the industrial cooling machine in the corner. The “Gyuu” of Gyuu Burger has multiple meanings: it means beef, as well well pas packed or stuffed full, and is also the sound you make when you hug someone tightly. This burger has demi-glace sauce as well as pear purée on it. (Via)
The Legend of Funassyi 3-D Virtual Reality movie/theater - or, as most fans call it, Funassyi-G - got off to a great start yesterday, with a packed house for both shows. Funassyi and his co-star, TV personality Ruriko Kojima (aka Kojiruri) talked to the audience for a few minutes after the first showing. Physical gag comedian Nagano (on the left in the top photo), who is suddenly and inexplicably very hot right now after 20 years in the business, came dressed as “Nagassyi” and entertained the crowd too. The show itself seems to be great family entertainment, judging from comments in various places. Funassyi-G will be shown in Yokohama at the DMM Virtual Reality theater on Saturdays and Sundays until July 31st (details).
Here’s a video of the first part of Funassyi and Kojiruri’s talk. The MC is voice actress Saki Ono, who voiced one of the roles in Funassyi-G and was also the voice of Nyaossyi in the Funabiyori anime series.
Funassyi is off today for the press event at the Funassyi Beach House, which is not too far from Yokohama, where Funassyi-G is being shown.