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Gorillaland is the retail arm of Grey Parka Service, one of the...

We Love Funassyi - Sat, 2015-04-11 14:23


Gorillaland is the retail arm of Grey Parka Service, one of the major manufacturers of Funassyi merchandise. There’s a Gorillaland popup store dedicated to Funassyi goods on the 5th floor of Shinjuku Alta from April 10-26, 2015. They promise to have a selection of merchandise that’s exclusive to their store. (They also supply Kiddyland, Funassyiland and other Funassyi-merch stores. Grey Parka Service also makes Gutedama and other licensed products, but it looks like the popup store is Funassyi-merch only.)

Shinjuku Alta is an 8 storey shopping complex in Shinjuku, Tokyo that is packed with stores that appeal to women and girls in their teens through 30s or so. This review by Timeout Tokyo has a map and directions. It’s hard to miss because of the huge screen outside, but you do need to be sure to exit from the East exit of Shinjuku Station, or you may get lost.

Does funassyiland do mail order so that people around the world can buy funassyi things?

We Love Funassyi - Sat, 2015-04-11 13:46
Funassyiland doesn’t do mailorder, even within Japan, but there are ways to get Funassyi merchandise...

It may take some guts and a true commitment to the Cult of...

We Love Funassyi - Fri, 2015-04-10 21:54




It may take some guts and a true commitment to the Cult of Funassyi to get on a plane with one of these Funassyi carry-ons in tow, especially the top one. These are adult-sized bags (55cm x 36cm x 23cm), not kid versions. They retail for 24,624 yen (about US $188) each, and are available exclusively from the Aeon Retail Fashion Shop. (Bag 1, bag 2).

Video of the surprise appearance Funassyi made at his store...

We Love Funassyi - Fri, 2015-04-10 19:45


Video of the surprise appearance Funassyi made at his store Funassyiland in LalaPort Tokyo Bay on April 5th, 2015 (previously). The fans go crazy…

(via the official Funassyiland site)

Back to mess with your minds again ^_^ Even if some young women in Japan are eat...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Fri, 2015-04-10 17:35
Back to mess with your minds again ^_^ Even if some young women in Japan are eating starvation-level diets. the same age group drives a lot of food fads. A really trendy thing in the last couple of years is American style pancakes, stacked up and loaded with toppings. The photo here is an offering from Denny's Japan (which operates independently from Denny's in the US). Apparently this style of pancake dish became popular when Japanese tourists encountered them at pancake houses in Hawaii. Now they are pretty much everywhere...and pancake enthusiasts, mostly young women, line up for sometimes an hour and more to get into the most popular pancake restaurants.

(Page on Denny's Japan site listing this dish, called Honey Berry Pancakes: http://www.dennys.jp/menu/dessert/honeyberrypancakes/ - it's 621 calories they say.)


The Kendama Cross Born From A Pear Funassyi (Nashi Kara Umareta...

We Love Funassyi - Fri, 2015-04-10 13:04




The Kendama Cross Born From A Pear Funassyi (Nashi Kara Umareta Kendama Cross Funassyi - なしからうまれたケンダマクロス ふなっしー ) from Bandai is a Funassyi-design Kendama Cross (street-style kendama). In Funassyi yellow and blue with Funassyi’s face on the ball, it comes with interchangeable cups in 3 sizes for varying skill levels.

Two Funassyi kendama tricks are described on the package - the Pear God Jesus (do a kendama trick and finish with a backwards limbo pose) and the Pear Juice Jump (hold onto your kendama while you crouch low, jump up high and yell Hyahaa!) I don’t know a lot about kendama, those tricks look a bit suspicious… The kendama is real though.

The Kendama Cross Born From A Pear Funassyi will be available on April 25th. Retail price: 2700 yen. Rated 7 and up.

Product page on Bandai site

Screenshots from episode 10 (week 2, episode 5) of Funassyi no...

We Love Funassyi - Fri, 2015-04-10 03:07
















Screenshots from episode 10 (week 2, episode 5) of Funassyi no Funafunafu na Biyori (Funassyi’s Funafunafu Days).

Funassyi is skipping happily through town (apparently he has already recovered from the shock of losing his Ringo-chan) when he encounters a little boy who has lost his money in a vending machine. After trying various things such as pounding on the machine, tickling it, and applying the Pear Juice Bushaa! superpower, Funassyi decides that the only thing to do is to try and talk sense into the vending machine. Funassyi appeals to the machine’s sense of compassion and decency with tears in his eyes (“This little boy wanted to drink juice for a week! And he chose you over all other vending machines in town!”)…and what do you know, the machine plops out a can of juice!

After Week 2: It took a bit of getting used to Anime Funassyi, but I’m already totally in love. The highlight of the 2nd week was the introduction of the cat, Nyaossyi. Yesterday’s episode was surprisingly sad and poignant, but overall I am liking the variety of stories. Weekends already feel a bit empty without any new episodes!

This talented Funassyi fan made great looking doll-sized...

We Love Funassyi - Thu, 2015-04-09 19:43


This talented Funassyi fan made great looking doll-sized replicas of two of the dresses designed by Han Ahn Soon recently for the pear fairy. (I think these are 30cm tall Funassyi plushies.) The black and white dress was modeled by Funassyi for the AneCan feature, and he wore the Mondrian-like number during New York Fashion Week.

Some pictures of Naomi Watanabe.

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Thu, 2015-04-09 19:23
Some pictures of Naomi Watanabe.


One more: My main reason for posting the article about the calorie consumption...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Thu, 2015-04-09 18:34
One more: My main reason for posting the article about the calorie consumption of young Japanese women was to make the point that you should not believe there is some kind of magic dust involved with Japanese food that accounts for the overall slimness of the population. The same article notes that that middle aged Japanese men are gaining weight - and there are many health issues related to that of course. There are many aspects of Japanese food and dietary habits, as well as lifestyle, that help people stay slim AND healthy, but you need to know what those are. Ramen, tempura, tonkatsu, Japanese style curry, sushi, etc. are all well known Japanese foods, but none are low-calorie or particularly "healthy". In moderation they're all great though!

A followup of sorts to my previous post about the low calorie intake of young Ja...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Thu, 2015-04-09 17:41
A followup of sorts to my previous post about the low calorie intake of young Japanese women: Comedian, actress, TV personality, fashion model and designer Naomi Watanabe (27) is best known for doing Beyoncé parodies, but she's also known as being a plus-size model and a role model for curvier young girls. She modelled for a plus-size fashion magazine called la Farfa until recently, and has her own line of plus size fashions for young women, Punyus. That's her in the photo - she's also her own muse. (The link goes to the Punyus site.)

Watanabe used to do these "I have to lose weight" type of segments for TV shows a few years ago, but in recent years it looks like she's totally embraced her body and is never afraid to show it off. She's appeared as a sexy cat dancer along with other (slim) models in a commercial, walked runways, and so on. Also...they no longer tease her for her weight on these TV variety shows. It seems to me that she's purposefully changed her "character" to be positive and affirmative.

Naomi Watanabe is pretty unique though. There aren't that many not-slim young female entertainers or TV personalities to begin with (there are a few more middle aged and older ones). And except for her, almost every other not-stick-slim woman gets teased and commented on incessantly on TV and other media for their weight. (And it's not just by men either: other women are often very harsh on women who aren't slim.)

Finally: It's not like everyone is very slim in Japan. There are curvy, even overweight women around (young and old), and plus size clothing becoming more and more available. I would say that compared to when I was in my teens and 20s or so, there's actually a lot more acceptance of different body types, although there's still a lot of pressure to be slim, lose weight, etc. too. But then - what country (or should I say, what so-called "developed" country) doesn't put tons of pressure on women to stay slim or lose weight? And, what about the obesity problem that's prevalent in so many countries? There are no easy answers.


PUNYUS|渡辺直美がプロデュースするファッションブランドPUNYUS
punyus.jp
PUNYUS(ぷにゅず)は、「女の子の持つ感情を表現する」をテーマにジャンルに捉われない様々なスタイルを提案するブランド。豊富なサイズ展開が特徴で、フリーから6Lまでのサイズが揃う

Sometimes you just gotta hit a buffet a volonté asiatique #lifeinfrancethatsnotp...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Thu, 2015-04-09 14:40
Sometimes you just gotta hit a buffet a volonté asiatique #lifeinfrancethatsnotparis

(a buffet a volonté asiatique is an all you can eat restaurant serving pan-E/SE Asian food of varying quality at reasonable prices. This one, a chain called O Panda, is not too bad.)


I finally got hold of the May 2015 issue of AneCan magazine,...

We Love Funassyi - Thu, 2015-04-09 14:16






I finally got hold of the May 2015 issue of AneCan magazine, with Funassyi on the cover. They really went all out and gave Funassyi a serious fashion spread. My favorite shot from the magazine is the top photo with Funassyi and model Midori Kuzuoka wearing matching dresses. Funassyi looks so cute in this. The middle photo is from the Editor in Chief’s Instagram - Funassyi in a ballet-like skirt is so fairy like. All kudos to the photographer, Leslie Kee (pictured in the bottom photo) for getting such great shots from a cylindrical pear fairy, even though Funassyi does move well. If you are a big Funassyi fan I recommend the magazine wholeheartedly. Since AneCan now includes Funassyi on their exclusive model list, maybe he will make more appearances on their pages…who knows?

Incidentally, Funassyi is asked what his next big dream is in this issue. His answer? He wants to be a movie actor, and play serious adult roles “like the roles Morgan Freeman plays”. He did achieve his goal to become a fashion model, so who knows…? ^_^

I periodically get questions about why Japanese women are so slim. And there was...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Thu, 2015-04-09 07:44
I periodically get questions about why Japanese women are so slim. And there was that diet book published some years ago that claimed Japanese women don't get fat OR old because Japanese food was so speclal etc. Well, this recent news story is probably the biggiest reason why many Japanese woman, especially young ones, are so slim: they are consuming less calories than their grandmothers and great-grandmothers did right after WWII - when many people were near starvation. They are also consuming less calories per day on average than people in North Korea.


Young Japanese women's average calory consumption less than just after WWII - 毎日新聞
mainichi.jp
For some years now, metabolic syndrome and other obesity-related issues have been discussed as socie...

Screenshots from episode 9 (week 2, episode 4) of Funassyi no...

We Love Funassyi - Thu, 2015-04-09 02:54
















Screenshots from episode 9 (week 2, episode 4) of Funassyi no Funafunafu na Biyori (Funassyi’s Funafunafu Days). It’s a bittersweet tale of love found and lost…

Funassyi falls in love – with a cute, red, shiny apple. He asks the apple shyly if he can call it Ringo-chan (ringo = apple in Japanese) and it seems to say yes as it gently sways on the branch. Funassyi goes to talk to Ringo-chan every morning before he goes off to work, and in the evening when he gets back. (His work seems to be updating his Twitter account diligently and helping out in the pear orchard.) One morning, he goes to talk to Ringo-chan again…and the apple is gone! Ojisan, the owner of the pear orchard, has picked it! Funassyi stares after him in shock…

It looks like Funassyi is moving into fashion in more ways than...

We Love Funassyi - Wed, 2015-04-08 23:53








It looks like Funassyi is moving into fashion in more ways than one. Here’s a just introduced line of Funassyi pendants meant for grown-ups. Available in 4 designs, they’re 925 sterling silver; 3 of the designs are also available in plated in pink or yellow gold. The stones are cubic zirconia. Made by 108 Factory.

The pendants retail for 13,716 yen including salex tax, and are made to order only (delivered 45 days after ordering). Payment is by domestic bank transfer only, so you’d need to use a buying agent from overseas. (If you’re interested you can get them here.)

Funassyi says the name of his animated alter ego’s kitty...

We Love Funassyi - Wed, 2015-04-08 22:11


Funassyi says the name of his animated alter ego’s kitty is にゃおっしー - Nyaossyi.

I guess I lead more sheltered life than I realized, since I didn't know of this...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Wed, 2015-04-08 08:02
I guess I lead more sheltered life than I realized, since I didn't know of this Food Babe person (or maybe just vaguely) until I read this. http://www.vox.com/2015/4/7/8360935/food-babe

The web archive article linked from there about microwave ovens is priceless. The part about "Doctor" Masaharu Emoto and his water crystal pictures (did you know that saying good things to water like "peace!" and "love!" makes them form beautiful snowflake-like crystal, but saying bad things it makes it like "war!" and "stupid!" and "Hitler!" makes them form ugly crystals? OMG, right?) ...made me laugh out loud. He has been thoroughly discredited in Japan - or rather, just regarded as a nut case, and it's a mystery why his hocus-pocus "science" has attracted a worldwide audience. (His "doctorate", which is in "alternative medicine", is from some unaccredited online university, by the way. He does have a legitimate undergraduate degree apparently...in international relations.) He's even admitted in interviews that his books about water molecules or whatever are fantasy and fiction, unproven by any scientific methods, although he's careful to add that "someday they will be proven!" Right.

What is scary and sobering though is that both "Doctor" Emoto and the Food Babe person have large and loyal followers who are willing to believe in hocus pocus. I'm not sure what this says about our world.


Are Microwaves Safe?
archive.today
I never use a Microwave and here's why they are not safe

some of my flickr photos