Here’s video of the second session yesterday at Tokyo German Village (see this post for the first session). Funassyi was even more hyper than he was in the morning session - he said he felt refreshed after a nap.
One interesting thing that Funassyi and Aicchy talked about in this session was the question he was asked a month ago by a sports tabloid paper at the calendar event at Lalaport Tokyo Bay. They asked him if the “rumors that he was dating his on-stage MC were true”. (The reply Funassyi gave at to the reporter at the time was something to the effect of “That’s such a silly question it’s not even worth answering.”) They both seemed to find this quite ridiculous, and Aicchy remarked that she was a bit disappointed that the first romance she was linked to in the gossip columns was with someone who was not a hot guy (ikemen), or even human. ^_^;
Video of the first Funassyi Talk Show today at Tokyo German Village from EMI274, my favorite Funassyi videographer. (The venue has a sign at the entrance saying “Wilkommen - Deutsches Dorf Tokyo” apparently. It is of course not really German, or in Tokyo, but in Chiba. But then, Tokyo Disney Resort is also in Chiba, not Tokyo.)
Funassyi, with his usual MC Aicchy, was even more hyper than usual, due to his being jetlagged after his trip to Iceland. The talk included the following:
- His recent Iceland trip, and how he really loved it there. He’d gone there thinking it would be very cold, but it was similar to Hokkaido.
- He and Chicchai Ossan discussed opening a ramen restaurant there and moving there permanently, although Aicchy quipped that that would make it a bit hard for his fans to attend events.
- The Iceland adventures will air on Fuji TV on November 15th, during the Chojo Research Best of Eizo Show (the same show that aired his recent Mexico trip, as well as his Antarctica adventure.)
- As posted previously, Funassyi mentioned briefly that a Funassyi store was opening soon in Hong Kong - his first overseas store.
- He went out drinking with Sakana-kun recently, together with comedian Yoshio Kojima. Sakana-kun is an ichthyologist/entertainer, who always wears a fish-themed cap and a lab coat, in order to teach kids and adults alike about marine life in a fun way. There were rumors early on in Funassyi’s career that the inner Funassyi was actually Sakana-kun, since they both have high voices and hyperactive personalities.
- When asked by a fan what character he might be if he weren’t a pear fairy, he said he might want to be a shimeji mushroom chara called Shimejjii.
- He has been to Tokyo German Village before for the Waragami-sama TV show (which was recently cancelled). He had a lot of trouble hitting a ball at the German Village’s mini-golf course, because he can’t really see anything near his feet at all.
- The official characters for Tokyo German Village, Holly and Angie, appeared on stage, with their very own MC/attendant in tow. Apparently they are pig-angels. Seeing their little wings, Funassyi asked if they were the spirits of pork that had been turned into sausages and gone to heaven. ^_^; All three danced to Funa Funa Funassyi together to end the session.
After this first session, Funassyi went over to the golf course to try his luck again, to the delight of the assembled fans. This video is also from EMI274.
During the first session today at Tokyo German Village, Funassyi mentioned briefly that a Funassyi store is opening in Hong Kong, and that he will be traveling there for the opening sometime in December soon. I’ll post details on this as soon as they are made available, as well as more photos from today’s event. More photos etc. from the Tokyo German Village event later….
Photo via The Pear.
More Funassyi-design nengajo (New Years greeting postcards). These ones are from the Japan Post, and feature traditional motifs. The top one shows Funassyi’s face poking out of a seigaiha monyo (青海波文様), a traditional pattern that depicts waves, plus Funassyi posing in front of a kadomatsu (門松), a News Years decoration. In the bottom one Funassyi is flying a kite, and there are some hanatsuki hagoita (wooden paddles) behind him. Both kite flying and playing hanetsuki are traditional New Years pastimes. Mt. Fuji is a lucky symbol in Japan, at New Years or any time of the year.
Two patrons of the Funassyi Cafe in Shibuya, Tokyo dressed as er, Funassyi for Halloween, posing on the Funassyi Sofa with 90cm Funassyi.
A couple more photos of Funassyi and Chicchai Ossan out and about in Reykjavik, Iceland. The top photo was posted by Chicchai Ossan, and the bottom photo is from a lucky fan who ran into them. (I guess the only way to get a photo with Funassyi these days is to try to catch him when he’s overseas. ^_^; ) I wonder what the residents of Reykjavik thought about the two…
Funassyi praying in a small church in Iceland…
(Ironically, to me at least, his head leaf kind of looks like a yarmulke. ^_^;)
Via The Pear.
Both Funassyiland Funabashi and Funassyiland Osaka will be holding sales in the first half of November, leading up to the opening of the new, much larger Funassyiland Funabashi store on the 17th. Selected items will be 27% off - the image above shows some of those items. The Funabashi sale is from November 1st - 15th, and the Osaka sale is from November 1st - 17th.
More Funassyi-design nengajo (New Years greeting postcards): These are exclusive to Kiddy Land Harajuku and Umeda, Osaka. There are 3 designs as shown, and are sold in packs of 3 of the same design for 480 yen (domestic postage included).
These cards have some nice extras. First if you scan the Q-code with your cell phone, you can hear a special voice greeting from Funassyi. The cards also come with a cute ‘extra- a miniature Funassyi paper sumo kit. And when you buy a pack you’re also entered into a special drawing to win one of 27 cards that have been autographed by The Pear himself. Lastly, if you purchase 3 or more sets, you can get a special Funassyi Happy New Year sticker.
The cards will be available from November 7th.
(Note: Funassyiland Osaka is within the Kiddy Land Osaka store, so I’m not sure if the nengajo will be sold within the Funassyiland part or elsewhere in the store. I’m sure it will be easy to find out if you go there.)
The Japan Post has started taking orders for nengajo, the New Year’s greeting postcards that are sent out every year rather like Christmas cards are sent in some other countries, for 2016. Although the number of nengajo posted has been steadily decreasing every year, the Japan Post still anticipates that more than 3 billion cards will be posted for New Years 2016. The official Japan Post nengajo, which include postage, also have lottery numbers printed on them, with a top prize of 100,000 yen.
There are several Funassyi design versions available (see this post), but ordering a web-exclusive design gives you the option of having a Funassyi stamp printed on the front of the card too. There are three Funassyi stamp options and three options for the back of the card - you can also get a blank back paired with a Funassyi stamp. I love all the designs, although the one with Funassyi in an onsen (hot spring) enjoying some sake with monkeys may be my favorite. 2016 is the Year of the Monkey. When you order nengajo online, you can also get them pre-printed with your return address on the front, a set greeting on the back, and even upload an address book and get all the recipients printed too.
Here’s a related news video about the 2016 nengajo, from TV Asahi. It mentions the new customized-stamp “web character” nengajo with Funassyi and Star Wars as examples (There are 9 other “web character” nengajo options - you can see them all here.)
Order page for the Funassyi-stamp Funassyi nengajo (in Japanese only)
Funassyi and Chicchai Ossan are back from Iceland, according to Funassyi.
Funassyi in Iceland. It’s amazing how happy he looks all the time, even while everyone else looks cold and miserable…isn’t it? ^_^
The Iceland adventures will be broadcast on November 15th on Fujj TV.
Funassyi has been posting several short videos of waterfalls and Icelandic landscapes and such while he’s singing (apparently he is singing some kind of game theme music…but I’m not a gamer so I’m not sure what game(s)). Be sure to check them out on his Twitter account.
Via The Pear.