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)
The Legend of Funassyi 3-D Virtual Reality movie/theater - or, as most fans call it, Funassyi-G - got off to a great start yesterday, with a packed house for both shows. Funassyi and his co-star, TV personality Ruriko Kojima (aka Kojiruri) talked to the audience for a few minutes after the first showing. Physical gag comedian Nagano (on the left in the top photo), who is suddenly and inexplicably very hot right now after 20 years in the business, came dressed as “Nagassyi” and entertained the crowd too. The show itself seems to be great family entertainment, judging from comments in various places. Funassyi-G will be shown in Yokohama at the DMM Virtual Reality theater on Saturdays and Sundays until July 31st (details).
Here’s a video of the first part of Funassyi and Kojiruri’s talk. The MC is voice actress Saki Ono, who voiced one of the roles in Funassyi-G and was also the voice of Nyaossyi in the Funabiyori anime series.
Funassyi is off today for the press event at the Funassyi Beach House, which is not too far from Yokohama, where Funassyi-G is being shown.
Here are some more details about the Funassyi Cafes - or rather, the Funassyi Fair - in Hong Kong. (It may be called the Funassyi Fair since the Hong Kong version is operated by a different company from the one that does the Funassyi Cafes in Japan.) In any case, the Hong Kong Funassyi Fair will take place at not just one, but three locations from July 1st to August 31st, as follows:
- The WIRED CAFE, 銅鑼湾 (Causeway Bay) Hysan Place store - 1403-1404, 14/F, Hysan Place, 500 Hennessy Road
- The WIRED CAFE, 尖沙咀 (Tsim Sha Tsui) Mira Mall store - Shop B13, Basement Floor, Mira Mall, No.118 Nathan Road
- ROSIE’S CAFE, 沙田 (Sha Tin) New Town Plaza Store - Shop A305, Level 3, New Town Plaza, Phase III
In addition to special Funassyi-themed items on the menu and exclusive merchandise, The Pear Himself will be appearing at the two WIRED CAFEs on July 7th; 14:00 - 14:30 at the Mira Mall store, and 20:00 - 20:30 at the Hysan Place store.
The food shown above looks pretty nice, as does the merchandise. I hope Hong Kong based nashitomo will have lots of fun! (I’m sure quite a few diehard Japan-based nashitomo will show up too.) If a Funassyi event can be a solid success outside of Japan, Pear World Domination becomes closer to becoming a reality.
The Funassyi Beach House being readied for its grand opening. (Via)
If you’re a fan of the popular BE@RBRICK collectible figure series produced by MediCom Toy Inc., a Funassyi version will be available in July from the Funassyiland online store. It is 7cm tall x 3.4cm wide, and retails for 1,800 yen plus tax. Preorders start on July 4th, with delivery scheduled for late July to early August. You can also look at the real thing while it’s on display until June 30th at the MADICOM TOY 20th Anniversary Exhibition, taking place at Space O in the Omotesando Hills complex in Harajuku, Tokyo.
Listing on BE@ARBRICK site
Funassyiland Osaka will be celebrating its 1 year anniversary starting on July 5th (more details on the celebrations later). One of the store-exclusive items it will introduce during the period is this Funassyi doll dressed as Store Manager Emeritus. The blue shirt is a replica of the shirt that’s part of the store uniform; a store employee made one for Funassyi (the real one) to wear when he makes one of his surprise visits, as he did a couple of weeks ago.
Note that the doll version of Store Manager Funassyi is as pantless as the Real Pear. The person in charge of Funassyiland Osaka’s Twitter account, which may be the most entertaining of all the Funassyiland official accounts, tweeted that they requested that the shirt be short enough to show Store Manage Funassyi’s bottom properly.
These Funassyi x Hello Kitty collaboration summertime sweets will be available at Circle K Sunkus convenience stores around Japan starting on Tuesday, June 28th (check with your local store for availability). The are Nassyi (pear) Lassis in three different cup designs, and pear-flavored jelly which comes in reusable mugs. The lassis are 168 yen each, and the jellies 550 yen, tax included. Available while supplies last.
The official site for Funassyi’s Beach House (previously) has opened, with plenty of details. A “beach house” in Japanese terms is a summer-only establishment that serves casual food, sells gifts, and may also have a place to shower and so on. This Funassyi themed one is still a beach house, just with some extra pear juice.
The menu is that of a typical beach house - besides things you might expect like burgers and fries and salads, there are also some Japanese beach house must-haves like curry (the Funa-Sea-food Curry) and the Dashi Stock Bushaa! Udon. A la carte the menu is a bit pricey, but there are set menu deals which soften the blow. If you make a reservation online, which will allow you to go right in without waiting, you can choose between 2-hour stays that come with a sticker or a fan, both Funassyi-design of course, or a deal that allows you to hang out in a VIP room for 5 hours, take a shower, and have a free drink - plus the fan or sticker too. That last reservation deal costs 5,000 yen, not including the food.
The gift shop has a lot of beach-themed items such as t-shirts, beach balls and the like, plus bottles of Funassyi-design champagne for 8,500 yen each.
Last but not least, there will be 2 special events at the Funassyi Beach House. The first one will be sans The Pear, who will be elsewhere that day, but is billed as a Birthday Party for him on July 4th. If you make a reservation on that day you will get a free glass of champagne. And Funassyi will be there in pearson on August 10th at 15:00 and 17:00, where he will have a ‘special talk show’ with former NMB48 member and Funassyi fan Ayaka Umeda. In order to obtain a ticket for a drawing for one of the seats at the shows, you will need to spend at least 4,000 yen at the Beach House from July 2nd to August 3rd.
The almost-life-size Funassyi figure on display at Funassyiland Funabashi has been dressed as a June bride. Adorable. (Via)
This Funassyi design cheese pear tart will be available for a limited time at 4 branches of Pablo, a patisserie chain that specializes in cheese tarts. The 15cm diamater tarts are baked fresh daily, and are filled with fluffy cream cheese mousse packed with pear (western pear, not nashi pear) compote, and glazed with pear gelée. The tart will retail for 1,396 yen and will only be available from July 4 - 16, 2016 at the following Pablo stores: Omotesando in Harajuku; Lalaport Tachikawa Tachihi in Tachikawa, Tokyo; Dotonbori in Osaka; and inside the Suminodo Keihin department store in Osaka.
News story (one of many)
A limited-period Funassyi Cafe will open for the first time outside of Japan. This one will be at the WIREDCAFE & ROSIE’S CAFE in Hong Kong from July 1st to August 31st, 2016. As with the other Funassyi Cafes, there will be Funassyi-themed menu items and exclusive merchandise.
(Note: I haven’t seen a detailed report about this Funassyi Cafe in Japanese, not to mention English, as of yet, but it was posted on Twitter by BUZZ LIGHT, the company that does many of Funassyi’s overseas events such as his trip to Macau, so I trust it’s legit.)