The ever-reliable EMI-san (EMI2743150) has uploaded videos from Monday’s Charesupo (Challenge Sports) event to promote the Paralympics. Funassyi was there along with several fellow gotouchi chara. From left to right onstage they are Yuriito, a mascot from Tokyo that promotes sports; Kibitan from Fukushima; Musubimaru from Miyagi (a personal favorite); Sobacchi from Iwate; and last and certainly not least, the great Kumamon. In the video above they play a game called Boccha, which seems to be a modified version of bocce or boules (a ball placement game popular in the Mediterranean region), and Blind Soccer, which is played with a ball that makes sounds.
The second video below is the closing ceremony for the event, where one of the athletes lavishes praise on Funassyi for bringing such a big crowd to the event.
The first video where Funassyi faces off against goalkeeper Kumamon reminded me of their first face-to-face encounter in 2012. Both have evolved since then - Funassyi has changed quite drastically, and Kumamon was more of a lumbering figure back then I think, while now he’s more comical and light on his paws.
The always reliable EMI-san (EMI2743150) has uploaded a video of Saturday’s New Years event at Lalaport Tokyo Bay in Funabashi. Funassyi looks very dapper dressed in formal montsuki haori hakama, as he does two very traditional New Years things. The first is kakizome （書き初め）, the first writing of the new year, where you are supposed to write a word or phrase that will be your motto so to speak for the year. Funassyi’s word is 無 - mu, which can be read as nashi (although you usually add the hiragana shi after it, like so: 無し) and means “nothing”, or the “absence of anything”. He chose it because his ongoing philosophy, which is espoused on the 274ch.com site, is 我々は無理をしない - wareware wa muri o shinai. This literally means “we won’t overdo things”; to put it in more idiomatic terms it means something like “We’ll take it easy” or “We’ll keep our feet on the ground and not try to do too much”. Funassyi did get the kanji wrong (although he said he did it on purpose, because he ran out of room ^_^;) - he only did 3 vertical lines instead of the 4 in 無.
The second activity is done with some small funatomo is fukuwarai （福笑い）, which is kind of like Pin The Tail On The Donkey, except that you pin or stick the facial features onto a big smiling face that is a traditional symbol of good fortune (an otafuku). Instead of an otafuku, they use a blank version of Funassyi, and hilarity ensues.