A live LINE conference webcast is scheduled at 19:00 today, where Funassyi will discuss recent rumors about him performing live at Budokan.
(Note that the tweet is tagged with an “April Fool’s” hashtag. However, some fans are hoping it’s true, or something. ^_^)
FC Schalke 04 announced the appointment of a new mascot for the club. The first requirement for the new hire is to adopt Schalke blue, instead of his usual yellow and pale blue. It remains to be seen if there will be a conflict between FC Schalke fans and Pear Fairy fans over this matter. Defender Atsuto Uchida will act as the new mascot’s interpreter.
Posted by the official FC Schalke 04 Japanese Twitter account.
The movie portal site Eiga.com has uploaded a series of April Fool’s posters* parodying the catch phrase used to promote the movie The Martian starring Matt Damon, which has been released in Japan with the title Odyssey. The original catch phrase is “7 billion people are waiting for his return”. The Funassyi version above says, “7 billion people are waiting for his Pear Juice. Funassyi: Odyssey”.
* (ETA: they’ve already taken the images offline, unfortunately, with an apology posted for ‘going too far’. That was probably referring to the other poster images they had up there, not the Funassyi version, so I’m leaving it up here unless someone complains.)
Funassyiland Nagoya is being readied for its pre-opening later today. The pre-opening is from April 1 - 7, then the grand opening of the permanent store will be on April 29th (details here). Funassyiland Nagoya is the 4th Funassyiland store, after Funabashi, Umeda, Osaka and Harajuku, Tokyo.
If you want to attend the live Funassyi show on May 6th (details to follow shortly) to commemorate the opening, you will need to make a purchase of at least 1,000 yen to receive a ticket to enter the drawing for one of 800 seats during the April 1-7 pre-opening period. So if you’re in the Nagoya area, best get over there!
Photo via the brand new Funassyiland Nagoya Twitter account
The glazed yellow Funassyi donuts that were available for a very limited time in the summer at Funassyiland Osaka and Kiddy Land Harajuku are back, again for a very limited period. This time they are available from now until April 3rd at the HANDS EXPO (a kind of fashion-conscious version of Tokyu Hands), on the 7th floor of the brand new Tokyu Plaza Ginza shopping complex, which opened today, March 31st. The donuts are made by a speciality baker who called herself Ikumi Mama.
The winners of the 90cm Funassyi Version 3 photo contest have been announced by Grey Parka Service, the manufacturers of the giant Funassyi alter ego. The photo above by Meipururun, which was probably my favorite entry, was a winner, as were several other great images. Winners will receive one of two special outfits (a sailor suit and pyjamas) created for 90 cm Funassyi. You can see all or most of the entries posted on Twitter with the 90cmのふなっしー3CP hashtag.
90cm Funassyi can still be ordered from the Wakin Rakuten shop, or directly from the Grey Parka Service online store (you will need to use a shopping service for the latter if you’re outside the US). It’s the same price from both - 29.592 yen including sales tax. (Do watch out for cheap knockoffs by the way, which have been spotted on Ebay.)
One of the nice things about following all the Funassyi-related Twitter accounts is the fun the various stores have creating adorable Funassyi tableaux. This one shows “Funassyi” reading a Funassyi picture book while enjoying some Funassyi ice cream, at the Funassyi Cafe in Tenjin, Fukuoka. It was set up by the Funassyi Cafe staff.
This is from a location shoot a couple of weeks ago, but I wanted to post it because The Pear looks so relaxed and dapper. He’s in the still-wintry Funayoshi-en nashi pear orchard in Funabashi.
Here’s a video of yesterday’s event at Kijima Kogen Park in Beppu, Oita in Kyushu. (The video is from “ponyomacarons”, a well known Funassyi fan.) The lim brown thing Funassyi comes on stage with is supposed to be a gobo (burdock root), to use for the spring ketsugobo ritual. (I know, it looks…like something else.) Aicchy seems understandably reluctant to hold the thing. ^_^;
Iisa King, who hails from Isa, Kagoshima prefecture in southern Kyushu, joins Funassyi and Aicchy midway. Iisa King and Funassyi have appeared together several times, so they have an easy, relaxed rapport. Although Iisa King is almost as irreverent as Funassyi, he is actually officially recognized by the city of Isa. His actions have sometimes gotten him into trouble with city officials, such as when he chased after a “honey in a swimsuit” on a late night TV show, or called his fans his “lovers”.
Around the 25:30 mark you see Funassyi and Iisa King looking up at something - apparently there was someone bungie jumping (Kijima Kogen Park sounds like a fun place) and Funassyi yells out “let’s throw stuff at him!”
As usual 30 minutes seems too short, but the crowd seem to have enjoyed it. The Funassyi Fantasy World exhibit that Funassyi just barely remembered to promote (although that was the purpose of the event) goes on until May 8th.
Funassyi and Iisa King in front of the crowd, and the wooden roller coaster Jupiter, at Kijima Kogen Park in Beppu, Oita today. (Via) Apparently some people camped out in tents overnight to get in, which is not that unusual anymore for Funassyi live events.
Funassyi practices his one-legged-Pear swing. Play ball! (Via)
The ticketing situation for the Meet Funassyi! Pear Juice Thanks Party is getting even more confusing, but there is a notice on the E-Plus ticketing service that a 2nd round of pre-orders will start at 10AM today, Saturday March 26th, and end at 23:59 on April 3rd. If you want to give it a try, click here (it’s on the 2nd row).
The winners of the pre-drawing phrase for the Meet Funassyi! Pear Juice Thanks Party were announced yesterday - winners get first dibs on one of the seats at the 4 90-minute shows. Judging from the reactions on Twitter and elsewhere, only a small fraction of the applicants got in, with a lot of sad and disgruntled people who didn’t. Some even took to blaming the system or suspecting other applicants of ‘cheating’ and so on, while some others simply threw online tantrums. Funassyi reassured the people who didn’t get in with the promise that “we’re already planning other events”. Sometimes I get a bit worried about some Funassyi fans…. ^_^; In any case, this proves that plenty of fans are willing and able to pay a total of 9,000 yen (with taxes and service charges) per seat for a Funassyi live show.
There’ll be another chance to try for tickets, starting on April 16th, when some ‘general’ tickets will go on sale at 10AM. Details here.