A Funassyi Marché popup store will be open from September 9th - 15th at the flagship Yamagataya department store in Kagoshima (3rd floor special events area). I believe this is the furthest south a Funassyi store has opened. Funassyi Marché usually has a selection of widely available Funassyi merchandise, plus the Marché-exclusive Red Riding Hood Funassyi series.
Another Funassyi Marché will open in Kitasenjuu in Tokyo at the Marui department store (5th floor) from September 19th - 31st.
I love the poster for this. I want it for my wall. ^_^
Source: Rapiit Company Twitter account
Two Funassyi Burgers
Two different Funassyi burgers. Both have Funassyi’s stamp of approval (official licensing agreement).
Top: The Funassyi burger plate at the Funassyi Cafe in Shibuya Parco. (Image via press release)
Bottom: Golden Burger is a restaurant in Funabashi, who has this Funassyi burger on their menu from time to time.. It’s available now as part of a Funabashi Food Products event in the Funabashi brance of Seibu department store (7th floor) until September 9th. (Image via the Arinomix Facebook Page.)
I kind of like the look of Golden Burger one better, (it has Funabashi pear in the bun as well as the burger sauce), although the Funassyi Cafe one looks more like well, Funassyi.
Recap of episode 115 (week 23, episode 5) of Funassyi no Funafunafu na Biyori. Nashimaru and Nyaossyi!
Nashimaru the ninja is darting about in the pear orchard, when Nyaossyi darts even faster right by him. Nashimaru is surprised that he didn’t even notice Nyaossyi, and goes chasing after her, but Nyaossyi is always a few steps ahead. Nyaossyi slips down a roof and Nashimaru goes to rescue her - but by the time he catches up Nyaossyi has landed neatly on her feet. Nashimaru is so impressed that he called Nyaossyi “shishou” - Master. The Shishou smiles up at Nashimaru, inviting him to scratch her under her chin, and soon she has captured another heart….
- I can see a whole series starring Nashimaru.
- This episode was all about Nashimaru and Nyaossyi, but we did get to see Funassyi playing his guitar or composing something perhaps in the Pear Hut.
A Vine video of the Funassyi Cafe in Shibuya Parco, which opened today.
Guressyi fans rejoice! There’s a Guressyi stuffed toy in the works finally.
Via The (main) Pear.
Funassyi will be swimming with sharks and more
Our favorite Adventurer Pear will be at it again. Sekai Best Of Eizo Show, the Fuji TV program that sent Funassyi to Antarctica earlier this year, will have him swimming with sharks, climbing to the top of a pyramid and doing some synchonized swimming in the “world’s clearest lake” during a 3-hour show that will air on October 4th. (Edit: It looks like this will all be filmed in Mexico - Funassyi tweeted that he’s going there next.)
This won’t be the first time Funassyi’s gone diving. The photos above show 2 different occasions (on the same program) where Funassyi went diving. The top photo is when he went for a stroll on the bottom of the ocean near Florida, and the 2nd is when he swam with manta rays in Hawaii. He’s been diving on a couple of other occasions too - in the Pear Skin, of course. Each time it’s been exciting yet also scary to watch - immersing himself in full Pear Skin, which is like a flotation device so he always has to be weighted down, is probably quite dangerous.
When asked on Twitter by concerned fans if he was putting himself in danger again, The Pear replied thusly:
#Kids should love it
*This is probably Funassyi’s version of Cogito ergo sum - I think, therefore I am.
The Funassyi Cafe opens in Shibuya tomorrow for a 2 month run (see this post for details). Women’s Wear Daily Japan has an article about it, with photos of the items on the menu. It looks like you can take the Funassyi-themed bowl pictured above home if you pay a bit extra for the meal. Other items like the paper placemats, the ballons that come with the special kid’s meal and so on can be taken home too.
Nichitele Service, the producer of all Funafuna Biyori anime related products, posted this picture of a prototype Nyaossyi stuffed toy. It looks to be pretty big! I’m looking forward to seeing the final product.
Recap of episode 114 (week 23, episode 4) of Funassyi no Funafunafu na Biyori. The trenchcoat clad one cometh…
It’s fall in the pear orchard, and Funassyi is sweeping up the falling leaves. Nyaossyi sneaks up and jumps on the pile of leaves Funassyi has made. Funassyi is scolding the cat, when suddenly who should appear but Chanassyi, taking full advantage of the leaves falling around him to give his entrance atmosphere. He starts saying something in his low, mellifluous voice about bagworms or something, which totally puzzles Funassyi. However Nyaossyi seems to understand what Chanassyi means and gazes at him in rapt attention, to Funassyi’s astonishment. He asks Nyaossyi if she understand what Chanassyi’s talking about and she nods yes. Funassyi shakes a tree to provide more falling leaf-atmosphere as Chanassyi goes on and on to Nyaossyi’s delight. As the brown-coated one walks away cooly, he suddenly stumbles, and can’t stop stumbling. Funassyi and Nyaossyi watch, dumbfounded, as Chanassyi bounces helplessly from tree to tree…
Here I am thinking it‘s early for Halloween products…but Christmas?! Christmas cakes are a huge deal in Japan, and they’ve already started introducing the 2015 lineup. This video shows the selection from Aeon, a large supermarket chain. It includes a Funassyi bûche de Noël - or rather, a Pear Juice Bushaa! Noël - cake, which has yellow buttercream and western pear slices (nashi pears not being in season in December). Apparently Funassyi himself suggested a bûche de Noël as this year’s cake - maybe because of the pun potential.
Aeon had a very successful Funassyi Christmas cake last year also (we actually got one…not only was is really cute, it tasted great too). Aeon had several kid-oriented cakes in 2014 featuring characters such as Hello Kitty, Yokai Watch and their own mascot Waon the dog (some photos here). This year they’ve gone with a much more adult-oriented lineup, but have retained Funassyi in their lineup. This is because Funassyi appeals to all age groups.
Christmas cake page on Aeon site (orders can be placed from October 1st on the website or in Aeon stores)
A gift for the Funassyi fan who has everything? These Funassyi Flower Arrangements are created by a florist that supplies flowers to the Imperial Palace. The arrangements come in 3 varieties: 2 sizes made with fresh flowers, and 1 made with preserved flowers. The prices range from 9,640 yen for the smaller fresh flower version to 22,600 yen for the large one. They can be ordered on the Grey Parka Service online store from now until September 15th, for delivery in October (within Japan only, of course.)
Can it be that season already? This Halloween Funassyi, the latest in the Funacolle series, will be available in late September at the Funassyiland stores in Funabashi and Osaka. Price: 1800 yen plus tax.
(Source - Funassyiland site)
Here’s a news report (from Mesamashi TV on Fuji TV) showing yesterday’s 3-D holographic technology press event. 3-D holographic When Funassyi says that they have to be careful since the the plasma screens that show the holographic images costs hundreds of millions of yen, Teruyuki Tsuchida retorts “but you can afford to pay that if needed, Funassyi.” Later on, Funassyi muses that “this 3-D holographic thing might work…” to which Tsuchida again quips “..it would make your life easier Funassyi…and make even more money!” ^_^;
Recap of episode 113 (week 23, episode 3) of Funassyi no Funafunafu na Biyori. Let’s form a fan club!
Funassyi is at home grooming Nyaossyi, when he gets a message from Nashigami-sama (the Pear God) calling an emergency meeting. Funassyi rushes to the meeting spot, where Guressyi is waiting too. Nashigami-sama appears, and Funassyi and Guressyi ask anxiously what the emergency is…and Nashigami-sama says, “Let’s start a fan club for the PEAR♡S!” Funassyi and Guressyi (after recovering from the letdown) aren’t that enthusiastic about that idea…not that they aren’t big fans of the PEAR♡S, but they think Nashigami-sama’s tastes are a bit outdated. Guressyi even tries to run away, but is lured back by Nashigami-sama waving tickets to a PEAR♡S concert in front of him. He and Funassyi gird their loins, so to speak, and practice Nashigami-sama’s crusty old-fashioned cheerleading….
- For newcomers to these updates or the anime series itself, the PEAR♡S are a pear-fairy idol group. They made their first appearance in Episode 23.
- In real life, a lot of fans of these young-girl-idol groups are middle aged guys… but on the other hand, a lot of fans of yuru chara including Funassyi are middle aged women, so…. I don’t know what that says actually. ^_^;
Funassyi was in Yokohama on Tuesday, September 1st at a press event to promote the upcoming opening of the DMM VR Theater, where holographic concerts and so on will be shown. Funassyi was a “special guest” with comedian Teruyuki Tsuchida. The event organizers showed off the holographic technology by projecting a 2nd Funassyi (top photo), spraying the stage with Pear Juice Bushaa! (bottom photo) and so on. The DMM VR Theater will open on September 11th; the first show there will be a holographic concert by musician hide.
Funassyi made a surprise visit to Funassyiland Yokohama today, delighting fans. The Pear was in Yokohama for another unrelated event (more about that later), but he seems to have decided to stop by the store just because.
Funassyi tweeted a picture of this bento (lunch box) earlier today, with the comment “Guess where I am?”
Note that there are two shumai/siumai dumplings in the middle. This is one of the bentos sold by Kiyoken, a Yokohama institution, from several booths in and around Yokohama station and other places around town. (I’ve had it many times myself!) It seems that some fans correctly guessed that he was in Yokohama and speculated that he’d visit the Funassyiland installation in Yokohama Loft - and were lucky enough to be ready for him.
Just the fact that Funassyi made this unscheduled appearance just 2 days after flying back from Los Angeles is pretty amazing too.
Recap of episode 112 (week 23, episode 2) of Funassyi no Funafunafu na Biyori. Nashi Robot is sick…
Funassyi and Nyaossyi are at home in the Pear Hut, as the Nashi Robot busily vacuums as usual. Suddenly the Nashi Robot stops moving! Funassyi and Nyaossyi are both really sad, wondering if Nashi Robot is sick.
Hayato comes to visit, and finds Funassyi and Nyaossyi both crying over Nashi Robot, which has been tucked into bed by Funassyi. Hayato takes Nashi Robot home so that his father can take a look at it. While Nashi Robot is gone, the pear fairy and the cat mope together despondently, worried about their friend. Hayato comes home, and tells them Nashi Robot is fine! He switches it on and it’s moving about the Pear Hut good as new, to the delight of Funassyi and Nyaosshi. Hayato says it just needed to be recharged. “Recharge?” asks Funassyi…and Hayato tells him that next time Nashi Robot stops, just tell him and he’ll get it recharged again.
Come to think of it, Funassyi probably does not know about electricity or plumbing. When he built the Pear Hut in Episode 2, he certainly didn’t lay down any utilities first. So he takes baths in water from the stream, and doesn’t have any way to charge Nashi Robot. I like that kind of er, realism in my anime. ^_^;