Happy New Year nassyi~! Here’s hoping for a great 2017 filled with pear fairies!
Funa Santa and his Pear Elves didn’t just make one stop on December 22 to distribute gifts, joy and mayhem: they actually visited 4. Besides the Takayama Children’s Home (previously), they also went to Kotemari Hoikuen, a nursery school; Atelier Pureju, a facility for the disabled; and the Minami Honmachi Childcare Assistance Center. All in all, Funa Santa had 2,000 gifts for the children, staff and others to give out at the 4 stops. In addition, he asked Mayor Matsudo of Funabashi to help distribute even more gifts to other institutions around Funabashi the the Pear Elves could not get around to.
They ended the day by making a visit to Funassyiland Funabashi to delight the shoppers there.
Funassyi’s Christmas card. He says メリークリスマスなっしー！– Merry Christmas nassyi!
Merry Christmas from We Love Funassyi to all Funatomo around the world!
Funa Santa, aka Funassyi dressed up as Santa Claus, made his annual visit to a Funabashi location on Thursday. This year The Pear visited the Takayama Children’s Home (which is not a residential facility as the name implies, but rather a community center for kids and their parents) with Funagoro and Funyassyi, plus some other helpers in tow. Their appearance at the event, which was hosted by Funabashi’s official mascot Funaemon and Mayor Matsudo, was not pre-announced so the kids - and their parents - got quite excited. Funa Santa and his helpers distributed toys to the kids. This Twitter user posted this clip from Chiba TV news
You can check out more photos on the official Facebook page of the PR department of the city of Funabashi. They also posted a short video clip, where the kids are shouting so loudly that you can barely hear Funassyi at all. ^_^
Here’s a video of the first 274ch fan meet held yesterday. Considering that the event was announced at relatively short notice, and that tickets were 2,484 yen total per head, the crowd is very impressive. Funassyi looks very cute in his Funasanta outfit.
Note that this video (taken by the always reliable EMI2743150) is of just the parts that the audience was allowed to shoot. A video of the whole event will most likely be available soon on the 274ch.com site (behind the paywall).
This adorable little figurine of Funassyi dressed as a train station worker is now available at NEWDAYS and BOOK EXRESS stores and kiosks in JR train stations around Chiba as well as a few Tokyo stations, along with several other Chiba themed figures. They retail for 400 yen each. I love the detail, including the little pear mark on The Pear’s cap. And of course, no pants! That is important.
A complete list (in Japanese) of sales locations is here.
Funassyi and his growing Pear family, which now includes Funagoro, Funyassyi and the re-introduced Red Funassyi (”Busshaa Azunaburu”), do their version of the Love Dance from the hit TV romantic comedy Nigeru wa Haji Daga Yaku ni Tatsu. Also joining them and sort of moving are Mikurin, Gotenba Himeko and Jukuuchan, gotouchi chara from their host city, Gotenba in Shizuoka prefecture, which has those great views of Mt. Fuji that you see.
Nigeru wa Haji Daga Yaku ni Tatsu (roughly translated, “It’s shameful to run away but useful”) is an hour long dramedy on TBS (Tokyo Broadcasting System) starring Yui Aragaki and singer-songwriter Gen Hoshino. The song used as the ending theme, Koi (恋 - Love) written and sung by Hoshino, has become a big hit, especially the cute choreography, dubbed the Koi Dansu (恋ダンス - Love Dance) that’s danced by the cast of the series. The video of that version is no longer available unfortunately, but here’s another version from the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo, including Ambassador Caroline Kennedy.