This is the cover of the photobook - or exhibition catalog, if you will - of the Funassyi Fantasy World exhibit. The cover has this scribbled on it in Funassyi’s handwriting: “Everyone - This is a collection of photos that the staff shot randomly!”, plus Funassyi’s autograph.
The photobook will be sold for 980 yen at the Parco Museum subsequent places when the exhibit starts touring the country. All royalties will be donated to the Michinoku Mirai Future Fund, a non-profit organization that helps pay for the education of children who have lost one or both parents in the March 11, 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake (previously).
Official details of the Funassyi Fantasy World exhibit are now up on the Parco site (in Japanese); but the gist is in my previous post). A limited number of Funassyland-exclusive merchandise will be available for purchase at the exhibit too.
Funassyi was given a certificate of appreciation and a medal by the Chiba Prefectural Police Headquarters today, April 14, 2015, in recognition of his work as a Police Recruitment Activities Ambassador for the department. Named to this position in April 2014, Funassyi has appeared at several events promoting the Chiba police department, and is also featured on this year’s recruitment poster (described here). The Chiba Police credit Funassyi with helping to improve the image of the police department a good place to work. Funassyi expressed his happiness as being able to “cooperate with the Chiba police, who help to make our community safer”.
There’s video of the press conference on the NHK site. It aired during the noontime news on NHK TV.
Sources: numerous. (The pictures are from the NHK report.)
- The last picture shows that the certificate is made out to ふなっしー様 - “Funassyi-sama”.
- Some reports noted that Funassyi does not take any pay for his work with the Chiba police.
- Funassyi was his usual irreverent self, tweeting “The no-pants detective is here! You’re under arrest!” The “no-pants” refers to how Detective Funassyi (bottom right in the main picture) doesn’t seem to be wearing pants on the recruitment poster.)
- This story has gotten a lot of news coverage already.The NHK doesn’t normally cover non-news stories, so the fact that they thought the press conference was newsworthy a sign that this is a real honor for Funassyi.
Screenshots from episode 12 (week 3, episode 2) of Funassyi no Funafunafu na Biyori (Funassyi’s Funafunafu Days). Funassyi goes fishing!
It’s another sunny morning in the pear orchard, and Funassyi is as full of enthusiasm as ever. Nyaossyi, his new cat, is hungry, and Funassyi offers it a nashidama (a pear ball or a pear candy) but Nyaossyi turns up its nose at it. So Funassyi goes fishing! But he keeps catching things that can’t be eaten - a kettle, a tire, a wooden bench - and gets quite discouraged. Funnasyi feels a strong pull on the line but thinks it’s just another useless thing and pulls…it’s a huge, scary fish! Argh!
So it seems that the cat’s name is officially Nyaossyi - Funassyi calls the cat that in this episode for the first time. I don’t know if this was already decided when Funassyi tweeted about it last week, or if they made the decision post-tweet. We also find out what Funassyi eats - nashidama, which is a play on words - amedama (飴玉) means hard candy, but tama also means ball, so a nashidama could either be a pear candy or a pear-energy ball of some kind. It does seem to give Funassyi tons of energy in any case.
(Great news! The series will be released on DVD.)
The anime-Funassyi and Guressyi mascots that Funassyi wore on his leaf during the Fukushima Race Course event were made by a talented fan. Funassyi often wears fan-made accessories on his leaf or his name tag during his event or TV appearances.
Funassyi Fantasy World, an exhibition that chronicles the history of Funassyi’s life since the pear fairy came to Earth, will be shown at the Parco Museum in Shibuya Parco Part 1 in Shibuya, Tokyo from April 24th to May 17, 2015. It will include a re-creation of the Pear Hut, Funassyi’s earthly residence, featuring the elusive Funassyi Suit No. 2; lots of photographs and videos of Funassyi; an interactive area called the “Pair Fairy World”, and more.
The entrance fee is 500 yen (400 yen for students; elementary school children and younger get in free). The exhibit will go to Sapporo Parco (May 22 - June 8) next, and tour the country afterwards.
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Funassyi’s short-anime series Funassyi no Funafunafuna Biyori ふなっしーのふなふなふな日和 (Funassyi’s Funafunafu Days) will be released on DVD. There will be 6 volumes in total, with each volume containing 20 to 22 episodes (30 to 33 minutes) each plus extras.
The first volume contains 20 episodes and will be available on June 24, 2015. There will be two versions: a limited first edition for 2,945 yen including sales tax, which will include an original design soft case (pictured above), and a regular edition for 2,268 including tax. Both are available for pre-order from Amazon Japan. (Note: Amazon Japan ships DVDs (and books, CDs, etc.) internationally, even though they don’t ship Funassyi dolls and other merchandise usually.)
- Announcement on official Funassyi no Funafunafuna Biyori site
- Preorder page for standard version of Volume 1
- Preorder page for the limited first-edition version with pouch of Volume 1
(edited: added photo of limited-edition case)
Screenshots from episode 11 (week 3, episode 1) of Funassyi no Funafunafu na Biyori (Funassyi’s Funafunafu Days).
Funassyi is holding a concert in the pear orchard! The customers come holding their leaves..or rather tickets (acorns also seem to be acceptable as tickets). One customer, an alpaca, forgot to bring a ticket, but Funassyi invites it to stay anyway. But when Funassyi starts to play in front of the packed crowd, pounding on his guitar with a PET bottle, it sounds so awful that everyone runs away leaving a cloud of dust! Everyone that is except for the alpaca, who seems to love Funassyi’s music…
This episode is a reference to this early Funassyi video. It’s great how the anime writers have managed to incorporate bits of Funassyi’s “real” life into the stories.
(Great news! The series will be released on DVD.)
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Fukuoka Travel: Food Stalls (Yatai)
About the food stalls (yatai) of Fukuoka.
Funassyi made 3 live appearances on April 12, 2015 at Fukushima Race Course with fellow gotouchi chara Melon Kuma from Yubari, Hokkaido. In the first session they had a contest predicting the winner of the Oka Sho, one of the biggest races on the Japanese horseracing calendar (which is held at the Hanshin Race Course in Takarazuka, Hyogo prefecture).
Melon Kuma attempted to take a bite out of Funassyi, as usual (Melon Kuma’s schtick is attacking and biting people.) They often make appearances together at similar events. Funassyi was sporting small anime-Funassyi and Guressyi dolls on his leaf today.
This was Funassyi’s first live event since returning from Antarctica.
(I’m not certain why they didn’t have any local Fukushima mascots, but these two popular out-of-town characters are probably much bigger draws than any local ones.)
Hello there, I loved reading the stories on here about Funassyi. A recent YouTube post where Funassyi was involved in a 'press conference' was a lot of fun, have you seen it? @ FCCJ
Gorillaland is the retail arm of Grey Parka Service, one of the major manufacturers of Funassyi merchandise. There’s a Gorillaland popup store dedicated to Funassyi goods on the 5th floor of Shinjuku Alta from April 10-26, 2015. They promise to have a selection of merchandise that’s exclusive to their store. (They also supply Kiddyland, Funassyiland and other Funassyi-merch stores. Grey Parka Service also makes Gutedama and other licensed products, but it looks like the popup store is Funassyi-merch only.)
Shinjuku Alta is an 8 storey shopping complex in Shinjuku, Tokyo that is packed with stores that appeal to women and girls in their teens through 30s or so. This review by Timeout Tokyo has a map and directions. It’s hard to miss because of the huge screen outside, but you do need to be sure to exit from the East exit of Shinjuku Station, or you may get lost.
It may take some guts and a true commitment to the Cult of Funassyi to get on a plane with one of these Funassyi carry-ons in tow, especially the top one. These are adult-sized bags (55cm x 36cm x 23cm), not kid versions. They retail for 24,624 yen (about US $188) each, and are available exclusively from the Aeon Retail Fashion Shop. (Bag 1, bag 2).