The Funassyiland web shop has been all decked out for New Years, including the banner that shows a row of Funassyis (and one Funagoro) dressed in traditional clothing 謹賀新年 (kinga shinnen) basically means Happy New Year. (For what it’s worth, and for everyone who complains about me using “he” as a pronoun for Funassyi, all the Funassyis as well as Funagoro are dressed as boys in montsuki hakama, rather than girly kimonos. So I guess whoever does the illustrations for Funassyiland sees him as a boy too, who dresses as girl on occasion too. ^_^)
The second image is for the Funassyi Nengajo (New Year’s greeting card) campaign: if you buy at least 1,000 yen worth of Funassyi merchandise at any of the 3 physical Funassyiland stores, or from the online Funassyiland store, you will receive the card shown. Note that you can get the card right now at the physical stores, but they’ll be available from the webshop from January 7th.
The little animated bowing Funassyi on the sidebar of the webshop site has also been updated for New Years:
…and the little Funassyis packing boxes graphic too:
I love the attention to detail shown with these little graphics…now if only they could stock more merchandise, and ship overseas…
Funassyi Reveals His 2016 Kakizome and Company Motto
A kakizome (書き初め), which means “first writing”, is a meaningful word or short phrase that is written first thing in the New Year in Japan by many people, usually with a calligraphy brush (fude) and sumi ink. It’s like a compact New Year’s resolution. The phrase Funassyi wrote as his kakizome, also designated by him as the company motto (社訓, shakun) for Funassyiland, is:
It’s a made-up word that means, according to The Pear, that “the kindness of humans is the same as pear juice”.
Words to live by.
Here’s a video (posted on the Funassyiland site) of Funassyi writing his kakizome.
The Pear made 3 copies of the kakizome. They are on display at the 3 Funassyiland stores during the New Year period.
Photo via The Pear.
Kohaku Utagassen 2015 is finally over. I’m not too happy with the way Funassyi was used during the show…but then, I’m feeling totally exhausted and rather cranky at the moment (since I only watch the 4 ½ hour program for Funassyi and I generally can’t stand most of the music). I’ll see if I feel better about it after some rest.
In any case, here are the last photo Funassyi posted in 2015…and the first one posted in 2016. It’s been another great year for The Pear…here’s hoping he’ll go even further and higher in 2016, and keep bring joy to our lives. And on a personal note, I hope you’ve enjoyed We Love Funassyi in its first year too!
Happy New Year nassyi~ !
During the live Kohaku Utagassen pre-show (which is still airing as I write this), as the Bananaman duo and announcer Yuka Kubota were interviewing singer Gen Hoshino, a certain yellow Pear Fairy was seen jumping, waving, and banging his head on the wall in the background. The cameraman seemed to find him rather distracting… (Note: If the video above does not display, try this link.)
Funassyi at NHK Studios: standing in front of a whiteboard with an illustration of himself drawn by the program staff (top photo); and a snapshot with the Bananaman duo and NHK announcer Yuka Kubota before or after the live airing of the Kokaku Utagassen Bansen (program PR) pre-show.
Funassyi was at his wild and wacky best on the live Kohaku Utagassen pre-show program that aired on Wednesday, December 30th. He burst into the studio and landed face down in a conveniently placed pile of pillows, rolled on the desk sending office supplies flying, and got hit with a plastic mallet (he did deserve it) by Osamu Shitara and Yuuki Himura , aka the Bananaman comedy duo. (Bananaman are one of the comedy acts that interacts very well with Funassyi.) He also showed off some cute puriketsu poses, jumped on a pile of cartons and more. It was great. Funassyi is so fantastic every time he’s on NHK, I really wish they’d just give him a regular show.
On the Kohaku show itself, Funassyi will be with on stage with several other gotouchi chara as backup dancers for Kanjani8. Funassyi also blurted out that he’s been invited to appear during a ‘special episode’ of the currently running asadora (morning serial drama) Haru ga Kita that will take place live onstage at the start of the 2nd half of Kohaku, but I’m not sure if he was joking or if it’s a real thing. I guess we have to wait until tomorrow to find out.
Update: Here’s a video of Funassyi on the Kohaku PR show…watch it while you can!
Kazuya Kojima poses with a stand-in version of Funassyi. (Via)
Funassyi will be on the January 7th* episode of VS. Arashi, a game show/sports contest type of program starring the boy group Arashi. Funassyi will be a ‘special guest’ - he’ll be there to promote Detective Funassyi mainly. I’m not sure if he’s going to be participating in the contests, which are either quite physical, require good hand-eye coordination or both, which would pose a problem for him given his limited range of motion and field of vision in the Pear Suit. In any case, Funassyi’s past appearances with Arashi have gone pretty well so it should be fun to watch.
*I’m pretty sure Funassyi is on the January 7th episode, but there’s also a January 3rd special New Year’s VS. Arashi show. I’ll watch both just in case (since I like VS. Arashi anyway).
Funassyi’s mini talk show took place on December 26, 2015 (details here) in conjunction with the Funassyi Cafe and Funassyi Fantasy World events at Nagoya Parco. Aicchy and 90cm Funassyi came out dressed in matching poofy white berets, and the Pear himself came out with a koala-shaped beret (the Parco mascot, called Parukoala, is - you guessed it - a koala) on his head. He also had a koala tail attached to his backside, but unfortunately it was placed a bit low, so it looked like…something else, as Aicchy helpfully pointed out. (Please add ‘unpo’ to your Funa-lexicon.) Towards the end of the 30 minute show, Funassyi had a costume change and came out as Funa Santa, to the delight of the crowd.
Funassyi talked about his Kohaku Utagassen appearance (he found out about it when he was checking Twitter backstage at the The Alfee concert; he will also be appearing on the Kohaku PR pre-show on the 30th); and Detective Funassyi, among other things.
The always speedy Funassyi videographer Nagano Teruo has already uploaded videos of the event.
Funassyi also surprised the customers at the Funassyi Cafe by peeking in from an upper balcony, Nassyiet style - and Nagano Teruo-san was there (twice) to capture it on video:
One more round of photos from Funa Santa’s day in Funabashi. These are from Misaki Children’s Home, a youth facility operated by the city of Funabashi. Funa Santa and his crew plus Funaemon were guests at their annual Christmas party, which was attended by some patients from a nearby hospital too.
Photos via the city of Funabashi’s PR department’s Facebook page.
A few more photos of Funa Santa and friends in Funabashi on Christmas Day - according to Aicchy, they visited 4 facilities. Kappa no Kotaro and Aicchy look adorable in matching green outfits as Funa Santa’s elves (top photo). I love the way Funassyi always gets down to eye level when talking to small children (middle photo). The Reindeer, or rather the CEO of Rapiit Co., who also runs the gotouchi chara-friendly Live&Bar Hugo, tweeted that he was going to spend the rest of the day as a reindeer (bottom photo), and that the second drink of everyone who came to the bar on Christmas would be on him.
Funa Santa making the rounds of schools and kindergartens in Funabashi today with Kappa no Kotaro. It looks like they met up with Funaemon at one place too. The guy in the reindeer suit is the CEO of Rapiit Co., makers of various Funassyi goods and Kotaro’s parents.
Photos via Aicchy (aka Ai Yokomachi, Funassyi’s regular stage-show MC), who was making the rounds with them. Incidentally, she wrote a very nice article about Funa Santa’s rounds in past years, as well as some of the other charitable activities he does (see: philanthopy). There are several great photos to go with it too.
Funassyi (as Funa Santa) appeared on stage during rock band The Alfee’s annual Christmas Eve concert at Budokan. It’s the third year in a row The Pear has been invited to the show. Last year, he was dancing so hard that he fell off the stage, and spent Christmas day resting under medical supervision. To prevent a similar accident from happening this year, the stage crew held up a kind of portable fence that they moved around as Funassyi moved on stage, to catch him if he fell off again, according to Sacocci, Funassyi’s manager at Universal Music.
The photo above (also from Sacocci) shows a totally spent Pear being literally carted off into the night. He has another busy day as Funa Santa on Christmas day - this year, thankfully injury free.
This post has the video of Funassyi’s first appearance on stage at Budokan with The Alfee in 2013.
Update: Here’s a compilation of news clips of this year’s concert. You can see the portable fence that was used to prevent Funassyi from falling off the stage.
This year’s Funa Santa costume was made by a fan, according to The Pear.