It looks like a book version of Detective Funassyi will be out in August. There are no details available yet, so it could be a photo book, a manga, or something else. In any case there’s a listing on Amazon Japan with a release date of August 20th. Personally I would love to see a manga version - it could be a lot of fun.
A limited-period Funassyiland will open in Yokohama. Details as follows:
- Dates: August 13 - September 4
- Place: Yokohama Loft store in Sogo department store, 7th floor
- Access: Sogo is directly accessible from the East exit of Yokohama main station
- Operating hours: 10:00 - 20:00 daily
This edition of Funassyiland has a range of really appealing merchandise. The amazingly cute design above is Funassyi dressed as “The girl in red shoes”, a local legend and a popular old children’s song about a girl who wore red shoes and was adopted by a foreign couple and taken overseas. There’s a famous statue of the girl in Yamashita Park.
Yokohama is a major harbor town as well as home to the biggest Chinatown in Japan, so there are also marine-themed products like the special Pirate Funassyi Funacolle doll, Funassyi with siumai dumplings, and more. One of special collectible Funatomo cards also features an inside joke - Funassyi frying korokke (deep fried croquettes), a part time job the inner Funassyi allegedly once had in nearby Yokosuka.
Combining a trip to the Funassyi Beach House with a stop at Funassyiland Yokohama seems like a great day out to me. This is the second limited-time Funassyiland to appear in Yokohama…since the city is my home in Japan, I’m really hoping a permanent Funassyiland will open there someday.
Official page on Funassyiland site
Hi everyone. My apologies for my sudden lack of updates. I’ve been in the hospital since last Friday, when I had to have emergency surgery. I’ll be back posting here when I’m better. I have a Funassyi doll at my side, keeping me company in the hospital. ^_^ (Photo via)
Many of the Hong Kong nashitomo who are in our Facebook group went to the WIRED CAFE events there yesterday, and they all report having a great time. Funassyi (in Pear Suit no. 4) went around to all the tables, shaking hands and taking pictures - something that would be impossible these days at most of his events in Japan due to the crush of fans. In Hong Kong he is quite popular, but things haven’t gotten so crazy yet so fans were able to hug him and so on without incident.
Many thanks to our wonderful Hong Kong nashitomo - Andy and Cindy, Christopher, Michael, Siu and Xavier - for giving permission to post their photos!
A limited period Funassyiland is opening this Saturday, July 9th in Matsuyama, Ehime prefecture, inside the Matsuyama Loft store. This is the first time a Funassyi-related store has appeared in the Shikoku region. It will be open until July 31st, and as usual there will be special merchandise and so on. Since Ehime is a major producer of mikan (mandarin oranges or clementines), a lot of the merchandise is mikan-themed.
I’m a little late posting this, but the 1st year anniversary festivities at Funassyiland Osaka are underway right now, until July 31st. If you make a purchase of 3,000 yen or more during that time, you can receive a limited edition stacking mug. There’s lots of exclusive merchandise for sale too.
In addition, everyone who makes a purchase of 2,000 yen or more from now until the 24th is eligible to enter a drawing for a seat at the 1st anniversary event on the 31st starring The Pear himself, at 18:00 at the Shin Hankyu Hotel. The drawing will be held and the winners announced between the 25th and the 30th.
Funassyi provided the back story of Funyassyi the cat-pear-fairy in a series of off-the-cuff but absolutely wonderful tweets yesterday. Here it is:
Funyassyi used to be a white cat who belonged to a young man in the Alsace region of France. Funyassyi’s original name, when he was a French cat, was Funyançois. The young man went off to war, and Funyançois waited and waited for him under a pear tree, but the young man never came back. The white cat died under the pear tree waiting for his master.
74 years later, a mysterious cat shaped pear grew on the pear tree. Hearing of this, Funassyi heard of this, went to look for it and brought the pear back to the Pear God (Nashi-gami-sama). He asked the Pear God to turn the cat shaped pear into a pear fairy, and his wish was granted. Now, Funyassyi is part of the family. Funyassyi is so friendly with humans, because a long time ago, he used to be a pet cat.
But that’s not all. Although Funyançois the cat died 3 years after his young man went off to war, miraculously that young man survived. At the time, Germany and France were battling fiercely for possession of the Alsace region. The young man survived many a crisis on the front. They even say that he once escaped when their battalion was surrounded by the enemy, with the guidance of a mysterious white cat…
I love that Pear so much.
I love this photo, from the first birthday event session on Monday. Iisa King looks like an avuncular uncle with his three mischievous nephews. (Via)
Here’s another Happy Birthday from an unexpected source - a fukusuke good luck doll in Funassyi colors, from a company called Fukusuke Co. (Via)
Funagoro, Funyassyi and Iisa King all showed up at the first Funassyi Birthday event session at Lalaport Tokyo Bay yesterday. Iisa King gave Funassyi some panned gold from his home town, “enough to pay for a train ticket to Shiodome from Funabashi” in Tokyo where Nippon TV is located. Funagoro and Funyassyi gave Funassyi an Aerosmith Live CD; the two little ones also came to the 2nd session. The MC for both sessions was Yuzuru Ito, aka Yuzurun, the Funassyi product manager at Nittele Service, a subsidiary of Nippon TV.
Here’s a full video of the second session, from EMI277. The huge sunflower bouquet was sent to Funassyi by Chicchai Ossan.
A total of 800 lucky fans beat more than 10 to 1 odds to win one of the seats at each of the 2 sessions.
What could this mysterious website be? We’ll have to wait until August 8th to find out….
Funassyi received many birthday wishes yesterday. One of them was from Kirin Beer, who sent him a virtual beer that they make in Chiba prefecture. Bushaa! (Via)
Funassyi at Hakodate Race Course in Hakodate, Hokkaido today. (Via)
Some of the Hong Kong based Funatomo (Funassyi fans) in our Facebook Funassyi Fan Group have already been to the WIRED CAFEs and ROSIE’S CAFE where the Funassyi Fair is taking place. They report that the Funassyi-based decorations are pretty basic, consisting of some posters on the wall - a fan who has been to the Funassyi Cafes in Japan says she was a bit disappointed. However, they report that the food is good and they’re really happy to have a version of the Funassyi Cafe locally.
Many thanks to Christopher, Andy and Cincin for the photos above!
Funassyi digs into a Funassyi’s Beach House Gyuu Burger. Note the industrial cooling machine in the corner. The “Gyuu” of Gyuu Burger has multiple meanings: it means beef, as well well pas packed or stuffed full, and is also the sound you make when you hug someone tightly. This burger has demi-glace sauce as well as pear purée on it. (Via)