“Noooooooooooo! I forgot my smartphone!!!!!!” (Via)
Here’s Funyassyi again, following in the footsteps of veteran cat-chara Hikonyan. Meow meow - or in Japanese, Nya-nya-. (Via)
While Funyassyi was working the crowds in Shirakawa, Funassyi was filming on location an unspecified TV program in Nagoya. One of the segments was about gymnastics apparently. The women in the red shirt is Asuka Teramoto, a gymnast who represented Japan at the London Olympics.
Some more photos of Funyassyi at the Gotouchi Chara Fes in Shirakawa. Fans report that Funyassyi looked smaller and more childlike than Funassyi, and was a big hit with kids. It helps that Funyassyi is a lot more accessible to fans than Funassyi, since it doesn’t get mobbed like the original Pear. It looks like Funyassyi’s role as a Funassyi-stand in at events like this is well established. It’s also great to see Funassyi’s chara friends taking care of the little cat-Pear. I especially love the third photo, where it looks like Funyassyi is playing follow-the-leader behind Kapal.
The other gotouchi chara pictured are as follows: Shirakawan (the official mascot of Shirakawa, the host city), Iisa King (photo 1); Shinjo-kun, Osaki Ichibantaro (photo 2); Kapal (photo 3); Kappa no Kotaro in a cute yellow polkadot raincoat (photo 4).
Funassyi was spotted in the Osu area (a popular shopping district) of Nagoya today with a TV crew. (Photo source)
Iisa King helping Funyassyi step down from the stage at the Gotouchi Chara Festa in Shirakawa 2016 today. I love the way Iisa King looks like a caring uncle here. Funyassyi is at Shirakawa all weekend, as the representative of Funassyi. (Photo source)
Funassyi will appear on a segment for a program to promote food produced in Hokkaido. Produced by Hokkaido Broadcasting Corporation, a local TBS network affiliate in Sapporo, he will appear with famous Funabashi pastry chef Yasuhiro Takagi. This segment was filmed back in March. The hour-long program will air on TBS/MBS affiliates - in Tokyo it will be on TBS at 16:00 on May 22nd. Check your local TV listings for air times.
This Wedding Couple Funassyi pair is scheduled to be available for preorder in late May from Grey Parka Service. Price, size etc. to be announced. (Via)
A new set of Funassyi LINE stickers has been released - the 4th from Upright Co., and the 5th overall (there’s also a Funabiyori anime series set from Nittele Service). This set features the Pear in the flesh as it were, and is animated and has sound. The set will cost 100 LINE coins (240 yen in Japan). I’m not sure if the set will be available outside of Japan, but I’m hoping it will be since the previous Upright Co. Funassyi sticker sets and LINE theme are available internationally. (Incidentally, Upright is the production company that created Chicchai Ossan.)
Funassyi’s regular event MC Ai Yokohama aka Aicchy has blogged about her wedding and reception, including several more photos of Funassyi. It’s customary at Japanese wedding receptions for one representative each from the bride’s party and the bridegroom’s party to make a speech, and the speaker for the bride’s party was the Pear. He was a big hit apparently, helping to make the reception party a success.
There’s also an explanation of why he sat at the family table - the one reserved for the family of the couple. According to Aicchy, they staged a small show for the little girl at the table, where a small Funassyi toy sitting on the chair magically turns into the real Funassyi.
Photo via the magical Pear.
Funassyi was a guest at his regular event MC Aicchy’s wedding and reception on Sunday, May 15th. He also gave a speech during the reception (here’s a very short clip of him introducing himself.) I love this photo - the other guests at Funassyi’s table are acting like there isn’t a big, yellow and blue Pear right there. The little girl is more into the little Funassyi she’s hugging (plus she’s dressed in blue and yellow), and the guy in glasses seems more absorbed in the small Funassyi he’s holding too. Priceless. I would love to live in a world where having a Pear Fairy as a wedding guest is just a regular thing.
Funassyi attended Sacocci’s wedding last year in full Pear Suit too. (Sacocci is his manager at Universal Music.)
Chosei Tonyu-kun was also there, although he’s not in the reception photo. (He could have been at the nijikai, or follow-up party.)
One of the big events on the gotouchi chara calendar, the Gotouchi Chara Festa In Shirakawa 2016, will be held on the weekend of May 21st and 22nd at Shirakawa, Fukushima prefecture. Last year, Funassyi introduced Funyassyi there as his non-speaking sidekick. This year, Funassyi is not listed as one of the participating chara - but Funyassyi is scheduled to be there on both days. I am curious as to how the fans will react to Funyassyi on its own - will they hope that Funassyi will be making an unannounced appearance, and if he doesn’t make one, will they be disappointed? Funyassyi is better known than probably half the other gotouchi chara that will be there, but I wonder if the Cat Pear can handle events on its own, without the Boss Pear around. (I also wonder why Funagoro is not the one participating; Funagoro does have a track record of appearing solo at events, albeit indoor ones for Bandai.)
The photo above is from the Shirakawa event last year.
Maid Funassyi, nassyi~ (Via)
Not about Funassyi, but here’s a lovely drawing by my favorite gotouchi chara illustrator (she’s also a talented illustrator period), Yamakayo aka guchizou, showing Kumamon and Mejiron going out to help people. Kumamon is of course the official chara of Kumamoto prefecture, and Mejiron is the official chara of Oita prefecture, the two prefectures that were hit hard by the recent earthquake.
The second round of drawings for a chance to buy a ticket to Nassyi Fes, the big Funassyi concerts in August at Budokan in Tokyo (August 23) and Osaka Jo Hall (29th), started today. This round works just like the first round - you are entering for a chance to buy a ticket. If you win then you will have to buy a pre-purchase form, which can be exchanged later for a real ticket. It sounds very complicated, but apparently this procedure is pretty common for popular concert tickets and the like. If you already entered the first round and won and purchased your pre-purchase form, you don’t need to enter again, but if you didn’t win you can enter this round.
Details in Japanese only on the i-tike (Lawson Ticketing HMV) site. Since it is a bit complicated, I would strongly urge you to ask a friend in Japan who understands Japanese to help you out if you are serious about trying to obtain tickets.
(Note: According to Funassyi during his Funassyiland Nagoya event, there were more than 40,000 entries for the first round. I don’t know how many winning draws there were though.)
Via the official Nassyi Fes Facebook Page
Happy Mother’s Day! - at least, in many parts of the world, including Japan.
When asked by a fan what his mother, aka “The Pear Tree That Is My Mother” that he had bought an apartment for was like, Funassyi quipped “She’s a Pear who has a definite weakness for mailorder health gadgets”. And when asked what he’d given her for Mother’s Day, he replied “Chemical fertilizer”. ^_^;
(Photo source - screenshot from this video)
Here’s a video of the Funassyland Nagoya opening commemorative event. This was Aicchy’s real last day (I had mistakenly thought that the Pear Juice Parties were her last assigments) before she goes on maternity leave. Funassyi presents her with a bouquet of sunflowers, and Aicchy tells the story of how Funassyi was really concerned for her wellbeing, looking up nutritional information online and more. She said that she was the one who wanted to keep working so far into her pregnancy, and that she would really miss working with the Pear. Hopefully they can work together again, since she’s really the best show host-MC for Funassyi, not to mention several other gotouchi chara.
Incidentally, 3 people from the event audience were chosen at random to have their photos taken with Funassyi. However, unbelievably several people who did have their names drawn were either not there, or unwilling to go on stage. Perhaps it’s because the event was on a weekday afternoon and they were taking time off from work without telling the office or something. What a loss though. (That’s the sequence where Funassyi is drawing several pieces of paper from a box.) 3 people did eventually get their photos taken with the Pear, and they seemed really happy about it.