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makiwi

Instagram - Wed, 2017-01-11 22:38
January 10-11, 2017. The right side page is supposed to be the Orion constellation ^_^; The haiku next to it means "Orion has renewed his shield as we enter the New Year" (sort of) #ほぼ日手帳 #hobonichitecho #journal

The ever-reliable EMI-san (EMI2743150) has uploaded videos from...

We Love Funassyi - Tue, 2017-01-10 18:38


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.

makiwi

Instagram - Tue, 2017-01-10 15:14
Jan. 8-9. However tired I am, I'm finding that doing this is a relief. Now I want to paint and draw properly again ^_^ #hobonichitecho #ほぼ日手帳 #journal

makiwi

Instagram - Tue, 2017-01-10 15:14
Jan. 8-9. However tired I am, I'm finding that doing this is a relief. Now I want to paint and draw properly again ^_^ #hobonichitecho #ほぼ日手帳 #journal

The always reliable EMI-san (EMI2743150) has uploaded a video of...

We Love Funassyi - Mon, 2017-01-09 14:16


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. 

Current and Upcoming Funassyi Events, Week of January 9, 2017

We Love Funassyi - Mon, 2017-01-09 13:56
Here’s the latest roundup of Funassyi related events and so on. Check back every Monday for a new...

makiwi

Instagram - Sun, 2017-01-08 00:15
January 6-7 2017. The pastries on the left page are 2 types of galettes des rois - a regular one which is puff pastry filled with frangipane, and a Provençal one which s a brioche with sugar decorations. #ほぼ日手帳 #hobonichitecho #journal

makiwi

Instagram - Sun, 2017-01-08 00:15
January 6-7 2017. The pastries on the left page are 2 types of galettes des rois - a regular one which is puff pastry filled with frangipane, and a Provençal one which s a brioche with sugar decorations. #ほぼ日手帳 #hobonichitecho #journal

makiwi

Instagram - Sat, 2017-01-07 20:12
2017 is the Year of the Rooster or Chicken, so I decorated the back cover of my journal with a wee tatted chicken family. #hobonichitecho #ほぼ日手帳 #journal #tatting #タティングレース

makiwi

Instagram - Sat, 2017-01-07 20:12
2017 is the Year of the Rooster or Chicken, so I decorated the back cover of my journal with a wee tatted chicken family. #hobonichitecho #ほぼ日手帳 #journal #tatting #タティングレース

makiwi

Instagram - Fri, 2017-01-06 14:08
January 4-5 2017. Too tired yesterday to add color. #hobonichi #hobonichitecho #journal #ほぼ日手帳

makiwi

Instagram - Fri, 2017-01-06 14:08
January 4-5 2017. Too tired yesterday to add color. #hobonichi #hobonichitecho #journal #ほぼ日手帳

Funassyi and gotouchi chara on French TV

We Love Funassyi - Wed, 2017-01-04 11:00
A report about gotouchi chara was broadcast on l’Effet Papillon, a news magazine show on the French...

makiwi

Instagram - Wed, 2017-01-04 01:10
January 2-3, 2017 #hobonichitecho #ほぼ日手帳 #journal Trying different things

makiwi

Instagram - Wed, 2017-01-04 01:10
January 2-3, 2017 #hobonichitecho #ほぼ日手帳 #journal Trying different things

makiwi

Instagram - Tue, 2017-01-03 15:23
Bare apricot trees in January #provence #livinginfrance #winter #france #フランス #フランス在住 #プロヴァンス

makiwi

Instagram - Tue, 2017-01-03 15:23
Bare apricot trees in January #provence #livinginfrance #winter #france #フランス #フランス在住 #プロヴァンス

makiwi

Instagram - Mon, 2017-01-02 13:39
I decided to go with a Hobonichi Techo as my picture journal this year. I also use it to track my cancer treatment. I'm still using the Bullet Journal system for planning, scheduling, lists and so on. #hobonichi #hobonichitecho #bulletjournal #planneraddict #ほぼ日手帳

makiwi

Instagram - Mon, 2017-01-02 13:39
I decided to go with a Hobonichi Techo as my picture journal this year. I also use it to track my cancer treatment. I'm still using the Bullet Journal system for planning, scheduling, lists and so on. #hobonichi #hobonichitecho #bulletjournal #planneraddict #ほぼ日手帳

Current and Upcoming Funassyi Events, Week of January 2, 2017

We Love Funassyi - Mon, 2017-01-02 13:19
May this be another great year for our Pear! This year I’m hoping he really puts serious effort into...

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