Preorders for the Wedding Couple Funassyi pair of dolls (previously) opened up today. One half of the happy Funassyi couple is dressed in top hat and tails, a satin waistcoast and a pink rose corsage; the red ribbon is now a bow tie. Still no pants though! The other half is lovely in a rhinestone-embellished white satin Empire style dress (the ribbon sash is pale pink), with a long veil and pink and white roses. The pair come packaged in a little chapel-shaped box, and cost 9,180 yen including tax. The dolls are about 27cm tall. Preorder from the online Funassyi store, or at any of the physical Funassyiland stores. You can preorders until June 6th, and delivery is scheduled for late August.
Funassyi with a miniature horse. So adorable I can’t stand it. (Via)
Funassyi relaxing at home … This is probably a set (although some fans have been speculating it’s the actual Pear Hut), of a very retro-looking traditional Japanese room, which looks like it’s from a 1950s movie or something, except for the TV and remote control. The sign on the wall says “Beat Funyassyi!!” for some reason. ^_^; (Via)
oh goodness!!!! i was actually talking abt the cat nyassi that you recently made a post about -- i just mixed up his name :'-)
“Noooooooooooo! I forgot my smartphone!!!!!!” (Via)
Here’s Funyassyi again, following in the footsteps of veteran cat-chara Hikonyan. Meow meow - or in Japanese, Nya-nya-. (Via)
While Funyassyi was working the crowds in Shirakawa, Funassyi was filming on location an unspecified TV program in Nagoya. One of the segments was about gymnastics apparently. The women in the red shirt is Asuka Teramoto, a gymnast who represented Japan at the London Olympics.
Some more photos of Funyassyi at the Gotouchi Chara Fes in Shirakawa. Fans report that Funyassyi looked smaller and more childlike than Funassyi, and was a big hit with kids. It helps that Funyassyi is a lot more accessible to fans than Funassyi, since it doesn’t get mobbed like the original Pear. It looks like Funyassyi’s role as a Funassyi-stand in at events like this is well established. It’s also great to see Funassyi’s chara friends taking care of the little cat-Pear. I especially love the third photo, where it looks like Funyassyi is playing follow-the-leader behind Kapal.
The other gotouchi chara pictured are as follows: Shirakawan (the official mascot of Shirakawa, the host city), Iisa King (photo 1); Shinjo-kun, Osaki Ichibantaro (photo 2); Kapal (photo 3); Kappa no Kotaro in a cute yellow polkadot raincoat (photo 4).
Funassyi was spotted in the Osu area (a popular shopping district) of Nagoya today with a TV crew. (Photo source)
Iisa King helping Funyassyi step down from the stage at the Gotouchi Chara Festa in Shirakawa 2016 today. I love the way Iisa King looks like a caring uncle here. Funyassyi is at Shirakawa all weekend, as the representative of Funassyi. (Photo source)
Funassyi will appear on a segment for a program to promote food produced in Hokkaido. Produced by Hokkaido Broadcasting Corporation, a local TBS network affiliate in Sapporo, he will appear with famous Funabashi pastry chef Yasuhiro Takagi. This segment was filmed back in March. The hour-long program will air on TBS/MBS affiliates - in Tokyo it will be on TBS at 16:00 on May 22nd. Check your local TV listings for air times.
This Wedding Couple Funassyi pair is scheduled to be available for preorder in late May from Grey Parka Service. Price, size etc. to be announced. (Via)
A new set of Funassyi LINE stickers has been released - the 4th from Upright Co., and the 5th overall (there’s also a Funabiyori anime series set from Nittele Service). This set features the Pear in the flesh as it were, and is animated and has sound. The set will cost 100 LINE coins (240 yen in Japan). I’m not sure if the set will be available outside of Japan, but I’m hoping it will be since the previous Upright Co. Funassyi sticker sets and LINE theme are available internationally. (Incidentally, Upright is the production company that created Chicchai Ossan.)
Funassyi’s regular event MC Ai Yokohama aka Aicchy has blogged about her wedding and reception, including several more photos of Funassyi. It’s customary at Japanese wedding receptions for one representative each from the bride’s party and the bridegroom’s party to make a speech, and the speaker for the bride’s party was the Pear. He was a big hit apparently, helping to make the reception party a success.
There’s also an explanation of why he sat at the family table - the one reserved for the family of the couple. According to Aicchy, they staged a small show for the little girl at the table, where a small Funassyi toy sitting on the chair magically turns into the real Funassyi.
Photo via the magical Pear.
Funassyi was a guest at his regular event MC Aicchy’s wedding and reception on Sunday, May 15th. He also gave a speech during the reception (here’s a very short clip of him introducing himself.) I love this photo - the other guests at Funassyi’s table are acting like there isn’t a big, yellow and blue Pear right there. The little girl is more into the little Funassyi she’s hugging (plus she’s dressed in blue and yellow), and the guy in glasses seems more absorbed in the small Funassyi he’s holding too. Priceless. I would love to live in a world where having a Pear Fairy as a wedding guest is just a regular thing.
Funassyi attended Sacocci’s wedding last year in full Pear Suit too. (Sacocci is his manager at Universal Music.)
Chosei Tonyu-kun was also there, although he’s not in the reception photo. (He could have been at the nijikai, or follow-up party.)