- Funassyi will appear at the end of the “OMOIYARI TO YOU“ parade, which takes place from 13:00 - 13:25 on the first floor of Puro Village. (He will not appear in the later 16:30 parade.)
- Funassyi and Hello Kitty will both appear on the Chie no Ki (Knowledge Tree) Stage from 17:05 - 17:25 for the Big Drawing. 3 lucky people will win the opportunity to take photos next to Funassyi. Tickets for the drawing will be given out to the first 300 people to buy at least 2160 yen worth of merchandise at the special shop which will be set up in the Entertainment Hall.
- Funassyi will be helping out in pearson as a “special shop assistant” at the Entertainment Hall shop from 15:00 to 15:20.
In addition to Funassyi’s appearances:
- Commemorative Funassyi x Hello Kitty stickers will be given out to the first 3,000 people to enter Puroland on the 21st.
- The Funassyi x Hello Kitty merchandise will go on sale at Puroland on the 21st (they are scheduled to be released to other retail outlets in July). You can check out the lineup of merchandise on the Puroland page.
For directions, hours of operation and more, check out the Sanrio Puroland English site. (Note: Although it’s rainy season in Tokyo, Puroland is an indoor amusement park, so no need to worry about the weather.)
Recap of episode 56 (week 12, episode 1) of Funassyi no Funafunafu na Biyori. Funassyi goes on a picnic!
Funassyi takes Hina and Hayato for a picnic under the flowering nashi pear trees. They didn’t know that pear flowers were so pretty, and Funassyi is so excited to show the flowers to them. He’s brought along pear juice in a thermos, and pear jam to spread on bread, both of which Hina and Hayato find delicious. When the petals start to fall around them like snowflakes, Funassyi tells them that they’re “surrounded by a snowfall of pear love”, because in the language of flowers, pear flowers mean love. Hina gathers a few blossoms to make into pressed flowers, which she promises to give to her friends, as they enjoy the beautiful flowers.
A very pretty episode!
In Japan, people love to go see flowers in season (hanami). Cherry blossom viewing is the most popular and best known (and the term hanami has become synonymous with cherry blossom viewing), but other flowers have their hanami seasons too. Pear tree blossoms aren’t regular hanami subjects, but of course Funassyi will want to show to his friends.
Right now in June, the flowers in season are hydrangeas (ajisai). Kamakura, the old city that was the capital of Japan for a brief time in the 12th-13th centuries, is famous for its hydrangeas.
Having successfully completed his duties as a goodwill ambassador for the Japanese film industry at the Shanghai International Film Festival, Funassyi is heading home to Japan. (Source)
These Police Officer Funassyi items are available for sale at the Chiba Prefectural Police Headquarters in Chiba City, Chiba prefecture. Funassyi has been working with the Chiba Police for more than a year, and received a certificate and medal from the Police Chief recently.
The Police Officer Funassyi merchandise may be available at other police HQ (reports are a bit sketchy) but are available for sure (according to fan reports) at the Chiba Police HQ. You can try calling 043-201-0110内, extension 2815, which is the department in charge of police PR. They are not available from regular retail outlets. (Many Japanese regional police departments sell merchandise, LINE stickers and such to raise funds and awareness.)
(Maybe it’s just me, but Police Officer Funassyi seems especially pant-less when he’s straddling a motorcycle and wearing boots, as in the netsuke in the third photo… ^_^)
If you can’t get to Chiba Police HQ, you can still download a free PDF poster of Police Officer Funassyi.
Update: Fans have also spotted Policeman Funassyi merchandise for sale at driving test centers in Tokyo, Saitama, Chiba etc.
These lovely traditional Japanese design (wagara) small plates and wooden Funassyi chopsticks will be available soon from Grey Parka Service. The chopsticks are 21cm long. The mark on the back of the plates says 船梨 - funa (boat) nashi (pear). Both the plates and chopsticks are made in Japan.
Photos via Grey Parka Service.
Actor Masataka Kubota, who co-stars in the upcoming The Last Cop series (previously), stated in a magazine interview that he loves Funassyi, and was thrilled to meet him the real pear on set. Kubota added that he uses Funassyi’s LINE stamps, and gave his older brother, who is also a Funassyi fan, a Funassyi iPhone cover for New Years. When asked why he’s such a Funassyi fan, he said that Funassyi is therapeutic and soothing and makes him happy. He loved talking to Funassyi and seeing the Hyahaa! and Mambo! poses. (The top photo shows Kubota laughing for real as he watches a Funassyi stage show being filmed for the series.)
A fan has uploaded a clip from Chinese television, showing Funassyi arriving on the red carpet at the Shanghai film festival.
Funassyi tweeted this photo of himself posing in a doorway to what looks like a hotel room (maybe his room in Shanghai?), saying “Welcome”. Quite a few people replied to Funassyi, saying they’d love to be invited in to his bedroom… ^_^;
A special about The Last Cop, the upcoming police drama-comedy in
which Funassyi guest stars in the first episode, aired on Saturday. The
Last Cop stars Toshiaki Karasawa as a police detective who wakes up
after being in a coma for 30 years, with Masataka Kubota playing his new
partner. It looks like Funassyi will be involved in some kind of
terrorist bomb storyline, which blasts him to the other end of a live
stage or something. The episode was filmed on location in Yokohama.
The first episode of The Last Cop will be shown on Nichitele (Nippon TV) at 9pm on Friday, June 19th, and be released on Hulu Japan at the same time. Hulu Japan will then make episodes 2 and 3 available immediately (but they won’t have Funassyi in them).
Funassyi on the red carpet in Shanghai: Bowing politely; taking a rest; and flying high. (The mascot behind him in the top photo is Black Cat Detective (黑貓警長, a popular Chinese anime character.)
I wrote previously that more than “100″ people were there for the pre-festival event last night, but apparently there was a drawing for 400 tickets to get into the venue, for which more than 500 people showed up. I’m not sure what the ratio of Japanese residents vs. Chinese people was, but reports say that the place was packed by the time Funassyi made his appearance, and that so many children wanted to get close to Funassyi that they almost turned him into a pear pancake. Funassyi was unfazed though and gave the crowd his all as usual. He jumped, led everyone in a “Fuu! Fuu!” cheer, and even spoke Chinese several times, which was received enthusiastically.
For more pictures of Funassyi in Shanghai plus a few videos from Weibo (which I can’t paste in Tumblr), see this Twitter account.
More Funassyi + other gotouchi chara toys are in the works (see previous post). These are photos of prototypes, they will probably go into production soon.
The top photo is of Funassyi + Mujinamon who represents Hanyu in Saitama prefecture. The 2nd photo is of Funassyi + Osaki Ichibantaro, the mascot of the Osaki Station West Entrance Shotengai (shopping area) in Shinagawa Ward, Tokyo. Last but not least is Funassyi + Iisa King, who represents the city of Isa, Kagoshima prefecture.
Osaki Ichibantaro and Iisa King make frequent appearances with Funassyi and can be counted as longtime Friends of Funassyi, while Mujinamon represents the city where the biggest gotouchi chara event of the year is held.
Here’s how each mascot looks on their own:
Here’s a brief news report on Funassyi in Shanghai, China, as goodwill ambassador at the Shanghai International Film Festival. I love how totally decked out in Funassyi gear the girl at the top of the video is.
The report mentions that the screening of the theatrical release movie version of Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan) was cancelled due to “technical reasons” by the festival officials, who denied that it was due to political pressure by the government. Earlier clips from Shingeki no Kyojin was banned from the Chinese internet by the government, along with several other Japanese anime. (Related news story). An earlier news report stated that Funassyi may have been asked to be a goodwill ambassador partly to make up for the absence of Shingeki no Kyojin, which was one of the most anticipated titles scheduled to be shown as part of Japan Film Week at the festival.
Funassyi in Shanghai, Day 1
Funassyi has completed his first day in Shanghai. He was formally appointed as a goodwill ambassador for the Japanese film industry at the Shanghai International Film Festival, during a ceremony held at the Shanghai branch of Takashimaya, a Japanese department store. More than 500 Chinese and Japanese fans showed up and cheered enthusiastically as Funassyi greeted them with his characteristic energy. One 24 year old female Chinese fan is reported as stating she found out about Funassyi on the internet, and loves his “positive attitude”.
Note that Funassyi’s name tag is in Chinese, reading 船梨精 instead of the usual ふなっしー (previously).
Funassyi licensed pet products are on their way
First up: this trio of Funassyi outfits for dogs. The top 3 photos show the most staid version, which comes with a Funassyi-face hoodie and blue torso part (with a red ribbon of course), to make your favorite canine look like Funassyi.
The two others are more out there. First there’s a Surfing Funassyi riding the waves on the dog’s back. And coming a bit later is Cowboy Funassyi, ridin’ barea*s. I fear that the Funassyi dolls may end up like in the last photo…but they are terribly cute. And, thankfully, detachable. The doll-costumes have a warning that if you take your fashionably dressed pooch to a dog run with the Funassyi doll attached, other dogs may attack Funassyi. ^_^;
The canine outfits are made by Grey Parka Service, the biggest manufacturer of Funassyi licensed products. The Funassyi hoodie model will retail for about 3,800 yen, and the doll versions for around 4,600 yen. The hoodie will be available first at Funassyiland on June 19th, then other retail outlets including pet stores a couple of weeks later (it’s also available for preorder from Gorilland, Grey Parka Service’s retail mailorder site). The other two outfits will be available in July. More pet-related Funassyi products are planned to follow.
Recap of episode 55 (week 11, episode 5) of Funassyi no Funafunafu na Biyori. Funassyi tries to cross the street…
Funassyi is in the Big City. He sees his friends Hina and Hayato across the street, and waits with the crowd for the traffic light to change. But when it does, he hears the cheerful music (that’s played to alert blind people that the light has changed) and can’t resist dancing! The light changes back to red before he can cross. He tells himself to stop dancing and cross the street, but when the light changes again, he can’t stop dancing! Hina and Hayato wait, wondering when Funassyi is ever going to get to their side…
- The Big City looks like somewhere in central Tokyo - probably Shibuya, which has a very busy and famous crossing called the Shibuya Scramble.
- Funabashi, Funassyi’s home town, is a city with a population of around 610,000, but is basically considered as being part of Greater Tokyo. (It’s about a 30 minute commute by train from Tokyo Station). See: Greater Tokyo Area (Wikipedia).
- Personally I like the Funassyi-in-the-real-world type episodes like this one the best, because he is such a wide eyed innocent.
- Another week over!
July 7th is the Tanabata Festival, also known as the Star Festival, in Japan. On this day, two legendary lovers who were turned into stars, separated by fate by the Milky Way, Hikoboshi (Altair), the man, and Orihime (Vega), the woman, can meet for the only time in the year. People write their wishes onto small pieces of paper called tanzaku, and tie them on to bamboo branches.
The Funabashi branch of the Loft store will hold their own Funassyi-themed Tanabata festival from June 15th to July 7th. Everyone who purchases Funassyi merchandise during that time will get a nashi pear shaped tanzaku to write their wishes on and hang somewhere in the store. After July 7th, the tanzaku will be brought to Ninomiya Jinja, a local Shinto shrine in Funabashi, to be properly sanctified.
The photo above shows a Funassyi doll dressed as Hikoboshi. He’s dressed like an aristocrat of the Asuka period (late 6th to early 8th C.), including the hairstyle. This doll will be on display at Funabashi Loft during the festival.
A Gotouchi Chara / Yuru Chara Live House and Bar in Tokyo
Live&Bar Hugo is a live house (a live music club) and self-described “dive bar” in Umejima, Adachi ward, Tokyo. It’s owned by the same people who run Rapiit (pronounced rah-peet), one of the companies that makes Funassyi licensed merchandise and other novelty goods. Perhaps because of this connection, Live&Bar Hugo has a very yuru/gotouchi chara friendly vibe. The decorated replica guitar in the photo above was a gift from a fan to Funassyi, who has lent it to the bar. It hangs on a wall with an autographed card from Funassyi, along with signed guitars from members of the GCB47 gotouchi chara band. (Photo source)
Funassyi’s autograph can also be seen on the wall (2nd photo) above Kapal’s; other mascots have left their autographs on the walls of the bar too. (Photo source)
The first live act to perform at Live&Bar Hugo was Yosuke Ishida, the leader of GCB47. Here he is with his other, mascot-less band.
Goya Sensei, a talking gotouchi chara from Fukuchiyama, Kyoto who can sing (sort of) and perform a comedy act (kind of) has also performed live at Live&Bar Hugo. Here he is singing…
Kappa no Kotaro, who was created by and belongs to Rapiit, hangs out at the bar regularly it seems, although the patrons are asked not to buy him alcoholic drinks since he’s underage. (Photo source)
Funassyi has not made an appearance in pearson at the bar yet, but who knows, maybe one day…
Funassyi is off to Shanghai for the film festival. He’ll need his passport of course, but the question is…which one?
The 2nd photo is from the book Funassyi’s Paris Diary, and it’s presumably the passport he used to go to France last year. (Yes, Funassyi’s full name is Funadius IV.)
But wait…when he went to Antarctica in March, he apparently used the passport in the 3rd photo. It states his date of birth as “260 B.C.”, which would make him 2,285 years old. But the other passport says he was born in “138 A.D.”
The mystery continues…
Recap of episode 54 (week 11, episode 4) of Funassyi no Funafunafu na Biyori. Nashigami-sama (the Pear God) and Gonassyi too!
Nashigami-sama (the Pear God) comes down to Earth for the first time in a while, but he doesn’t hang on to his walking stick and it gets lost. And who should come over from Pear Fairy Land too …the Gonassyi quintuplets. Funassyi proposes that they all look for Nashigami-sama’s stick. However, everyone has a problem with what exactly they should be looking for. They come up with an umbrella, a cucumber, a toothpick, a shovel, and ask Nashigami-sama if it’s his stick. It turns out Nashigami-sama is actually a sarcastic comedian so he makes a comment about each one (e.g. about the toothpick “Oh yes, I love a walking stick that’s so small, plus I can use it to clean my teeth after eating…NOT!”) Shimashima, the striped Gonassyi, somehow finds a big stripey stick, but that’s not it either. All the time the real stick is stuck in the roof of the Pear Hut.
This is only the 3rd Nashigami-sama appearance, but since it seems more pear fairies will be making their way to Earth now, he may come and visit more often. It’s the second appearance of the Gonassyi quintuplets.