What is going on in the pictures seen in the tweet posted by ゆみっち@0704Nishikigoi at 7:28 am - 21 Jun 2016? Is Funassyi doing the ketsugobo? And if so, do you know if it was on a TV show or something else? :O
Trying to stay cool on a hot, muggy rainy season day in June… (Via)
Funassyiland will be holding a summer sale starting tomorrow, June 24th, and lasting until August 31st. Selected items will be 30 to 70% off, and there will also be “Happy Bags” (lucky bags) filled with a selection of merchandise - usually a great deal, especially if you’re just starting out with your Funassy collection. The Summer Sale will be at all Funassyilands, including the limited-period one in Fukuoaka and the web shop.
A summer-only casual eatery and gift shop called Funassyi’s Beach House will be open from July 2nd to August 31st, on Katase Nishihama Beach on the Shonan Enoshima coast in Fujisawa, Kanagawa prefecture. (Shonan is probably the most popular beach area in Japan.) While Funassyi themed summertime establishments have opened before, this is the first “sea house” (umi no ie) with Funassyi’s name on it. The menu will have items like the Funassyu Gyuu (beef, also is a pun for ‘stuffed’) Burger illustrated above, a shaved ice (kakigori) plate with Funassyi on a waffle “island”, and more. There will also be exclusive Funassyi-design merchandise on sale.
Funassyi will make 2 in-pearson appearances on August 10th. I’ll post more details later.
Incidentally, there’s a listing on a part-time/temporary (baito) job search site called Town Work for a job in the Funassyi Beach House gift shop. It seems that they pay basically minimum wage, starting at 905 yen/hour, plus up to 1,000 yen per day as a transportation allowance. (Giving transportation allowances to employees is a standard thing in Japan.) There’s also a listing for server jobs in the cafe part of the Beach House - the base pay there is a bit more, 950 yen per houre. All workers are given a Funassyi-themed t-shirt to wear as a uniform, which I assume they will get to keep when summer is over. it sounds like a great summer job for a student who loves the beach and Funassyi though.
Official site (Japanese)
Nittele Service is introducing a line of kitchen items called Okusama Ouen Series (奥様応援シリーズ), which loosely translates as “Items to help the lady of the house”. The line features a clean, retro look and features white enamel cookware and storage containers (white enamelware, which has been around for decades in Japan, is quite trendy these days), colanders, kitchen towels and more. Nittele Service is marketing this line by issuing a catalog - I am not sure (since I don’t have one yet) if you need to order from the catalog, or if the catalog is just to promote the line. The catalog is available at all Funassyiland stores including the webstore. The actual items will be available in July.
A, B, C!!! A, B, C!!!!! No, Funassyi has not lost his mind, he’s just sending a cheer to the mascot for the ABC Asahi station in Osaka, ABCiee.
A range of Nassyi Fes official merchandise is now available for pre-order from now until July 15th online, or via the Loppi ticket ordering system (located in Lawson convenience stores). The highlight has to be the colorful happi shown above - a happy is a kind of short, loose jacket that is mostly worn at matsuri (Shinto festivals) and so on these days, although shop attendants used to wear them too The Nassyfes one is vibrantly colored in Funassyi yellow and blue, and costs 7,400 yen plus tax. There’s also a Rocker Funassyi mascot with mysterious red hair (not sure who/what this is supposed to look like…), t-shirts, hoodies and more.
Preordered items will be delivered on or after August 17th. The items will also be available at the Nassyi Fes venues.
Funassyi made two unannounced visits in Osaka earlier today - first at the Funassyi Cafe, then at the Funassyiland Osaka store. There’s a short video of his Funassyi Cafe visit here, where you can see how thrilled the fans were. He also held a brief press conference prior to the opening of the cafe; here’s a video of that, where he shows off his Chinese.
Here’s a video of today’s Chiba Residents’ Day event at Lalaport Tokyo Bay in Funabashi from EMI274. The main scenario was that this was a tryout for the Chiba Lotte Marines, but of course Funassyi frequently goess off-script as it were as he usually does – which is what makes his live appearances so fun to watch. The MC is having none of though, and kind of ignores whatever Funassyi is saying or doing to stick to the script. I don’t know if she was hired by the Marines, Funassyi’s team or even Lalaport, but she is certainly no match for Aicchy. I hope that Funassyi can find a good MC before the big Budokan and Osaka Jo Hall events/concerts in August.
In any case, Funassyi was as chipper as usual. At the end of the show as everyone exits the stage, they played an old song called Les Champs-Élysées for some reason. Originally an English song called Waterloo Road with totally different lyrics, French lyrics were written for it by lyricist Pierre Delanoë, and it became a big international hit sung by Joe Dassin. Japanese lyrics were written for it and the song, given the title Oh Shanzerize, and covered successfully by several Japanese pop singers in the 1970s - when they used to do that kind of thing (cover international pop hits with Japanese lyrics) quite a lot. Anyway it’s now a oldie classic standars. Here’s a video of that last part from EMI274 again, as Funassyi sashays away to the tune.
Funyassyi made two appearances at Funassyiland Funabashi on Sunday, charming the crowd with its childlike antics. Fans had a chance to take photos with Funyassyi too, something that’s almost impossible these days with the main Pear. It looks like the cat-pear is now firmly established as the resident Funassyi-family chara of Funassyiland Funabashi.
In conjunction with the Chiba Residents’ Day event tomorrow, the Funassyi x Chiba Lotte Marines baseball team items shown above - a t-shirt and two towels - will be available at 10:00 Japan time on the online Funassyiland store (they’ll also be available at the event venue). Quantities are limited, so you may want to be ready to order if you are determined to get them.
A limited-period Funassyi Cafe will open in Osaka this Thursday, June 16th. It’s the first time a Funassyi Cafe has appeared in the Kansai region. Previously the Funassyi-themed eatery has been in Shibuya, Tokyo (twice), Nagoya, and Fukuoka. Details of the Osaka version are as follows:
- Location: THE GUEST Cafe and Diner (operated by Parco), on the 2nd floor of the Shinsaibashi 161 building
- Period: June 16 to July 25, 2016
- Operating hours: 10:00 to 21:00 (Last orders at 20:30)
- Official website (Japanese)
For this Osaka version the Funassyi Cafe will offer some unique merchandise, as well as new menu items. Of note are the takoyaki-shaped cream puffs (bottom right in the last photo above) which include one shaped like Funassyi’s face. Takoyaki are Osaka street food and Funassyi has a particular fondness for them. (I guess that trying to create actual takoyaki that looked like The Pear was too difficult.) There will also be special stamp designs at the Funassyi Cafe and the Funassyiland Osaka store, for a mini “stamp rally”.
A big banner with Funassyi’s face is already displayed in front of the Shinsaibashi 161 building (top photo).
There haven’t been any announcements about an in-pearson visit by Funassyi, but he’s always dropped in at least once at the other cafes, so there’s a fair chance he will do so this time too - although his visits are always unannounced.
This poster is for the upcoming 1878th Birthday Party event, which will take place on July 4th at Toho Cinemas in Lalaport Tokyo Bay. The title says “Funassyi and the Magic Tree”. I’d love to have this poster for my wall… (Via)