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Banana Yoshimoto's new novel is set in Funabashi "because of Funassyi"

We Love Funassyi - Tue, 2015-03-10 12:13
The pear fairy will also appear in the story. A new novel by Banana Yoshimoto will be serialized...

To coincide with the opening of the flagship Funassyland store...

We Love Funassyi - Tue, 2015-03-10 06:33




To coincide with the opening of the flagship Funassyland store in the Lalaport Tokyo Bay shopping center, Kimukatsutei, a tonkatsu (fried pork cutlet) restaurant will be serving this Funassyi themed Kimukatsu Plate for a period of 3 months starting on March 13, 2015. It’s an omelette with tonkatsu (breaded fried pork cutlet) inside in the style of an omurice (rice-stuffed omelette), and was conceived by Funassyi himself. Price: 1200 yen.

Source: Kimukatsutei’s official Twitter

Japan’s Peacenik Pear Fairy

We Love Funassyi - Tue, 2015-03-10 03:53
Japan’s Peacenik Pear Fairy: The results were slightly unexpected, and provoked an on-line debate...

The March 16, 2015 edition of Aera, a weekly magazine published...

We Love Funassyi - Mon, 2015-03-09 20:31


The March 16, 2015 edition of Aera, a weekly magazine published by Asahi Shimbun (one of the leading newspapers in Japan) that came out on Monday in Japan, has a special feature on Funassyi. The image here is not the front cover of the magazine; it’s the cover of the Funassyi feature section. Note the date in the upper right corner is 27.4, and the issue number id 274 - which can be read as fu na shi.. (Funassyi uses 274 a lot.)

Funassyi will be blogging his Antarctica trip on the Fuji TV...

We Love Funassyi - Mon, 2015-03-09 15:59


Funassyi will be blogging his Antarctica trip on the Fuji TV site. He posted his first entry before leaving Japan, stating he would be flying to Rome first (13 hours) then going to Buenos Aires (14 hours).

The evolution of Funassyi, part 6: Funassyi posted this picture...

We Love Funassyi - Mon, 2015-03-09 13:36


The evolution of Funassyi, part 6:

Funassyi posted this picture on his now-abandoned Google+ page on April 5, 2012. He states that he drew this image using Powerpoing objects. Note the small Funassyi in the bottom right corner - this is how the original Funassyi looked. This hand drawn looking version of Funassyi was used as his public avatar, such as on on this local chara (mascot) catalog site, in his early years.

Funassyi seems to have a fondness for both the hand-drawn Funassyi avatar and the Powerpoint illustration, since he still uses both on his official site and his Twitter page, although the spotty Funassyi has been replaced by the current sleek Funassyi in the illustration. (Of course it just could be that he’s too busy to replace the images…)

"So I’m off to Antarctica everyone nasshii ♪ヾ(。゜▽゜)ノI’ll be back around the time the..."

We Love Funassyi - Mon, 2015-03-09 10:39
“So I’m off to Antarctica everyone nasshii ♪ヾ(。゜▽゜)ノI’ll be back around the time...

Another article of mine is going to be used for English study (or even in an act...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Mon, 2015-03-09 09:25
Another article of mine is going to be used for English study (or even in an actual exam? Not too sure) by a Japanese university. I'm pretty fond of this one so I'm happy it's going to be used this way ^_^

However...when looking for the article, I realized that it's been cited quite a bit, AND that half the citations spell my name wrong, even though it's spelled correctly in the byline! It's Itoh, NOT Ito. I feel pretty strongly about it because it's the spelling my late father chose when he first ventured out into the English speaking world. Itoh! Itoh!


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Whenever I am away from my homeland for too long, there is one meal that fills my dreams. At the center is a bowl of plain steamed rice, white and glisteni

Funassyi announces that he will be starring in a new short anime...

We Love Funassyi - Mon, 2015-03-09 02:21




Funassyi announces that he will be starring in a new short anime series, to start on March 30th, 2015. Titled “Funassyi no Funafunafu na Biyori” (ふなっしーのふなふなふな日和 - Funassyi’s Funafunafu Day), it will air Monday through Friday during the Sukkiri! morning news and entertainmnet show on Nippon TV (NTV or Nichitele). Funassyi will be one of the voice actors. The announcement was made today on the Sukkiri! program.

Related article (Yahoo! Japan)

The evolution of Funassyi, part 5: Funassyi’s first big...

We Love Funassyi - Sun, 2015-03-08 22:08


The evolution of Funassyi, part 5:

Funassyi’s first big break: Posted on June 5, 2012 and titled “Funassyi tries a diet!” (note: ‘diet’ is used to describe any kind of weight-loss activity, including exercise, in wasei eigo or imported-English Japanese.), this video shows Funassyi clumsily trying to get on a treadmill, with rather unfortunate results. Note the finger sticking out of his back zipper near the end… This video went moderately viral, and helped to bring attention to this weird new mobile yuru-chara. Funassyi is still not talking at this point.

Funassyi at a press conference announcing that he will be going...

We Love Funassyi - Sun, 2015-03-08 13:45


Funassyi at a press conference announcing that he will be going to Antarctica to film a segment for a Fuji TV entertainment program - the same one where he skydived, swam with some manta rays, flew in a aerobatic plane and performed other stunts last year. He’ll be with Antony of the comedy duo Matenrou. They will be leaving tomorrow, March 9th, and be away for three weeks. This will be by far the most extreme filming location that any yuru-chara has ever been sent to. The program is scheduled to air in May.

Lost in translation (likely the first of many to come)

We Love Funassyi - Sun, 2015-03-08 10:56
One of the main incentives besides this blog is to try to explain why Funassyi is so popular in...

The evolution of Funassyi, part 4: Funassyi posted photos of...

We Love Funassyi - Sun, 2015-03-08 08:43




The evolution of Funassyi, part 4:

Funassyi posted photos of this fluffy mascot on March 30, 2012 on his Google+ page. He says that he got the supplies - a bag of pipe cleaners and a couple of yellow pompoms - from a 100 yen (hyakkin) shop* and made Kofunassyi (Little Funassyi) in 2 hours. It could be argued that this is the first official Funassyi product.

It’s unknown whether he was already envisioning the deluge of Funassyi licensed products available today.

Sidenote: Funassyi’s name on his Google+ page is 梨田船志 - Funata Funashi. The first post there states that he was told by Google to change his name, so presumably he used the name Funassyi (ふなっしー)which was rejected under Google’s “real name” policy. Funassyi stopped updating his Google+ page in late 2013, with one last post in May 2014. He seems to have cut down on much of his online activity save for Twitter.

*A 100 yen shop is like a dollar store, but with much better merchandise, and no strange odors.

We Love Funassyi, a new Tumblr blog

makikoitoh.com - Sun, 2015-03-08 05:28

I've decided (basically on a whim) to start a Tumblr blog about Funassyi, the yellow and blue pear fairy and the unoffocial yuru-chara or gotouchi-chara (local/regional mascot) from Funabashi, Chiba, Japan.

Why? Because I'm a big fan.

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The evolution of Funassyi, part 3: In this video from May 2012,...

We Love Funassyi - Sun, 2015-03-08 04:41


The evolution of Funassyi, part 3:

In this video from May 2012, Funassyi is jumping and rolling around near a popular tourist attraction. Funassyi has stated in many interviews that this is how he started performing - just showing up at places where people might be. He is still not talking at this stage.

It’s worth noting that the particular attraction he’s at here is Ushiku Daibutsu, a giant Buddha statue located in Ibaraki prefecture, which is adjacent to Chiba prefecture. In other words, it’s not in Funabashi or even in Chiba. It’s unknown why Funassyi chose this as a venue.

Notice the use of ヾ(。゜▽゜)ノ in the video descritipn, the emoji or text self-portrait of sorts that Funassyi still uses on Twitter.

Kumamon vs. Funassyi:  Government employee vs. independent maverick

We Love Funassyi - Sat, 2015-03-07 21:02
From the Wall Street Journal: A little more than two years ago, Japan Real Time reported that...

I tend to agree with a lot of what this says. What do you think? The title is "W...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Sat, 2015-03-07 20:49
I tend to agree with a lot of what this says. What do you think? The title is "Why do food recommendations keep changing?"

Since the post is geared towards US readers, it states that the Department of Agriculture (USDA) is in charge of nutritioinal guideline recommendations. (Although I believe the Department of Health and Human Services also participates). What government department/ministry etc. is responsible for similar recommendations in your country? In Japan it's the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT).


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Instead of controlling the situation and changing one variable to see the results between the test group and control group, epidemiological studies look back at large groups of people with a similar illness and then tries to INFER POSSIBLE CAUSES based on similar patterns.

The evolution of Funassyi, part 2: Funassyi Under the Cherry...

We Love Funassyi - Sat, 2015-03-07 10:21


The evolution of Funassyi, part 2:

Funassyi Under the Cherry Blossom Trees, Funabashi, Chiba is the very first video posted by the Funassyi account to YouTube, on April 7, 2012. It’s the first recorded sighting of Funassyi as an actual corporeal entity. The giggling woman holding the cellphone and filming the brand new, spotless Funassyi has never been identified publicly.

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