Recap of episode 96 (week 20, episode 1) of Funassyi no Funafunafu na Biyori. Raindrops and rhythm!
It’s a rainy day, and Funassyi and Nyaossyi are inside the Pear Hut, when they hear a sound outside. The find out that it’s rain hitting an empty bucket. Funassyi decides to put out more things for the rain to fall on and make a sound, and pulls out all kinds of kitchen implements. At first they’re not happy with the results, so Funassyi re-arranges things until the rain is making a rhythm they like. Funassyi and Nyaossyi happily dance to the rain music.
A series of Hello Kitty x Funassyi Summer 2015 design metal keychains are available from gacha gacha capsule toy machines. They only cost 200 yen each, so they’re the least expensive items in the series. There are 6 designs in total to collect.
I hadn’t noticed before, but the Hello Kitty in this series has sparkly Funassyi-fied eyes rather than her usual all-black ones, at least in the illustrations. Here’s standard Hello Kitty:
..and here’s Funassyi-fied HK with shiny eyes.
A couple of people reported having trouble watching the video of Funassyi’s appearance at Sapporo Dome on Friday I posted previously, so here’s an alternate one from YouTube. Look at The Pear move!
Here’s a news report on Funassyi’s visit to Sapporo City Hall (previously). The news report only mentions Funassyi, even though Mayor Matsudo of Funabashi was there too as well as Funaemon. Near the end of the brief report you can see Funassyi doing a “special Sapporo pose” and a “Sapporo dance”. Those Funabashi pears are HUGE. o.O
These Hula Funassyi and Banana Boat Funassyi stuffed toys are exclusive to Kiddy Land (see the details of the Summer 2015 Pear Juice Bushaa Festival here). The pair show how Funassyi looks equally good in girly or boyish outfits. They were released yesterday, and cost 1,200 yen plus tax per toy.
Photo via Grey Parka Service, the manufacturer.
Funassyi tweeted this photo, where he looks like a little abandoned pet, I mean pear, with the comment: “Looking for someone to adopt me nassyi-”. Many people eagerly volunteered. ^_^
The editor in chief of the MyFuna community paper, who was with Funassyi and co. for the 2 day Sapporo trip, had a different perspective and comment: “Doing my shopping…I’ve put a Funabashi pear in my cart, so… Huh??”
Funassyi is actually in a carton collection cart, being transported to the
stage area at one of the Sapporo events. He’s often pushed in a cart like
this to save his energy, since he’s essentially in a
padded sauna suit all the time.
Here are some photos from Day 2 of Funassyi and co. in Sapporo promoting Funabashi nashi pears. I believe these are all from the first event at the Mitsui Outet Park, which took place at 11AM; the 2nd event seems to have been quite similar (although I’ll post any interesting photos from that if I find any too).
Funassyi was there with Mayor Matsudo of Funabashi (1st photo) as well as the official mascot of Funabashi, Funaemon (2nd photo). Mayor Matsudo was busy distributing Ko-sui variety pears, a special kind that’s grown in the Funabashi area, wrapped in Funassyi-design wrappers. Funaemon seems to have been recognized and cheered by name a lot, probably due to all the exposure he gets when he’s appearing at events with Funassyi (Funaemon has Funassyi’s autograph hanging from his belt). Funassyi’s waiting in the wings in the 3rd photo, and then does his typical high-energy stage show. Funassyi also did a walkabout in the crowd, so some lucky fans got to see him very close up.
Funassyi’s Species Improvement Figures (Funassyi no hinshukairyou figyua - ふなっしーの品質改良フィギュア), a surreal Funassyi-themed collectible figure series from Bandai, went on sale today. Based on the 274 pear-fairy siblings of Funassyi created for the Funassyi’s Name Cards (Funassyi no Meissyi or Funassyi no Meissyi) collectible card series, each figure in the series (7 plus a “secret” one) depict a different character, and come in slices or sections that can be pulled apart. The idea is to then combine the sections from different figures to come up with our own, “improved” one.
I don’t really follow the card series (mainly because I find the artwork a bit too ‘loud’ for my taste…and also because, you know, I don’t want to nashi hasan*) so I only recognize Funagoro and The Pear himself, but the others look…well, bizarre, even before you turn them into Frankennassyis. They could be great fun to play with though!
Each figure will retail for 400 yen plus tax, and there are complete boxes of all 7 plus the secret figure available too.
*nashi hasan - 梨破産: to go bankrupt from spending too much money on Funassyi goods or travelling to see Funassyi in pearson, etc. ^_^;
Funassyi waving to commuters on the platform at Funabashi station on Thursday, August 6th.
Funabashi is so lucky to have The Pear.
Mayor Akimoto of Sapporo being Pear Juice Bushaa!-ed by Funassyi at City Hall. From the official City of Sapporo website.
Funassyi made two appearances in Sapporo, Hokkaido today to promote nashi pears from Funabashi, most notably at the Sapporo Dome, the home stadium of the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters baseball team. It was an official Funabashi city related visit, since The Pear was there with Mayor Matsudo of Funabashi as well as the official mascot of the city, Funaemon. (It looks like Mayor Matsudo reaches out to Funassyi when he needs an extra oomph of PR power for the city.)
Before visiting the baseball stadium, the Funabashi representatives visited Mayor Akimoto of Sapporo at Sapporo City Hall, and presented him with some premium grade Funabashi nashi pears, packed in Funassyi-design boxes. (They’re in the last photo above; the mayor of Sapporo is on the left of Funassyi, and the mayor of Funabashi on the right, with Funeaemon next to him. The green thing in the back is a mascot from a local amusement park called Bonbon. I guess Sapporo doesn’t have an official mascot…)
Funassyi and the whole group got to Sapporo Dome a bit late it seems, but manager Kuriyama was sanguine about it, remarking that Funassyi is very busy. Funassyi managed to do the presentation though, with both mayors in attendance again. Manager Kuriyama asked him to do an imitation of their ace pitcher Kohei Arihara, who has a very distinctive style, and Funassyi obliged with his usual gusto (top photo). Later he joined the team’s cheerleaders to rev up the crowd.
Be sure to check out this video - you’ll see Funassyi dancing, jumping, head-banging..and last but not least, running at full speed. Fantastic.
The Nippon Ham Fighters broke a 4-game losing streak and beat the Rakuten Eagles 6-1 - perhaps in part due to the Pear Juice Bushaa! good karma.
Funassyi will be in Sapporo tomorrow (August 8) also for more Funabashi-pear promotional activities. He’ll be appearing at the Mitsui Outlet Park in Sapporo Kitahiroshima at 11am. In addition, 5,000 limited-edition stickers saying “I came to promote Funabashi pears nassyi!” featuring The Pear will be given out in the Sapporo area to people who buy Funabashi pears.
The video is from the official Pacific League site.
Recap of episode 95 (week 19, episode 5) of Funassyi no Funafunafu na Biyori. A cat, a mouse, and cheese…
Funassyi has been gifted a big piece of cheese, but since he’s a pear fairy and pear fairies only eat nashi pears and nashidama (pear candies)*, he can’t eat the cheese. He asks Nyaossyi if she wants some, and is about to give her a small piece…but there’s a small shadow lurking in the corner. It’s a mouse, who swiftly grabs the cheese. Nyaossyi, being a cat, is not going to stand for that, and a wild chase commences, with Funassyi trying to get them to stop. But then the mouse trips and the cheese it’s holding goes flying out of the window, where it’s grabbed by a fish that jumps out of the stream! Funassyi consoles the crestfallen pair, reassuring them that there’s still lots of cheese left for them to share. In the meantime, the nashi pear vacuum bot is busily working in the Pear Hut, which is a disaster zone…
- I’m pretty sure we have seen Funassyi eating other things (there was the episode where he fell in love with peaches for example)…but it’s possible he’s a fruitarian. ^_^
- Nyaossyi in full attack-cat mode is quite awesome.
A new Taito Station game center opened in Funabashi recently, in front of Funabashi station. This Funassyi camping chair is one of the prizes offered. My gaming skills are so poor I would have no chance of getting one…but I really like this chair a lot.
Some photos of the event today at Funabashi Loft.
Since the theme of the event is a Shinto summer festival to honor Nashigami-sama (the Pear God), Funassyi bangs on a taiko, a traditional drum, and carries a mikoshi (a portable shrine, 3rd photo) too. He’s wearing a nejiri (twisted) hachimaki on his head - a twisted thin towel called a tenugui. This is worn by mikoshi carriers and so on at Shinto festivals. Twisted or untwisted hachimaki are worn by anyone who doesn’t want sweat running down their faces or who want to show they are working hard. You’ve probably seen manga and anime characters wearing them.
Aicchy looks cool and pretty dressed in a yukata, a lightweight summertime kimono, in the 4th photo - the people sitting around the stage are wearing traditional masks that are worn at such festivals. In the 5th photo Funassyi is looking intently at the messages written on pear-shaped tanzaku, which were hung from a bamboo tree during the July 7th tanabata star festival.
The crowd was pretty big as usual, and there were lots of people watching from the parking garage overlooking the stage too.
Here’s a video of the first half of the Funabashi Loft event. It’s a bit dark since it took place in the evening, but you can see what’s going on pretty well.
And here’s the second half:
Among other things, Funassyi mentioned that all the money donated to the Nashigami-sama shrine inside Funabashi Loft is sent to a charity that helps orphans of the March 11, 2011 earthquake. The show ends with Funassyi doing a walkabout/cartabout through the audience, with the mikoshi following him. This is like a mini-version of the typical parade that takes place at Shinto festivals.
This is the little Nashigami (Pear God) shrine inside Funabashi Loft by the way:
Funassyi and Aicchy mentioned that the torii (the gate-like thing in front of the Pear God) was made by a real torii maker in Nikko, Tochigi prefecture, so it’s a bona fide torii, not a fake stage set prop. Yellow is a very unusual color for torii though - they are usually painted a bright orange-red, like the ones at the famous Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto The saisen-bako or donation box in front of the Pear God is also yellow.
A couple of corrections to previous posts
I’ve already edited the original posts, but since they got reblogged with the original text, here are the corrections ^_^;
- The TORE! game show on Nippon TV is airing on August 21st, not the 22nd.
- The NHK live quiz show Tsukkomu Kuizu Wandaazu is airing 2 live Funassyi programs essentially: The first one is the ‘pre-show’ and will be from 11:05 - 11:20PM on August 12th, and will be Funassyi by himself. The quiz show itself will be from 12:10AM - 1AM on the 13th (with the news etc. in between probably), where Funassyi will be answering the quiz and interacting with the “voice from above”. I’m not sure if fans can communicate with Funassyi during both segments, but I guess it’s worth tuning in to both!
Photo via The Pear.
Recap of episode 94 (week 19, episode 4) of Funassyi no Funafunafu na Biyori. Funassyi goes skiing!
Funassyi is at a ski resort. He’s doing fine since his athletic ability is unparalleled, but One-san, who normally is very agile, isn’t doing so well and can’t stop herself as she slides down a slope.
The Gonassyi brothers pop up suddenly out of the snow and Funassyi shouts at them to help One-san. The single-color brothers try, but then then Shimashimassyi just knocks everyone down. One-san is fine though.
Funassyi proposes to the Gonassyis that they play in the snow, and starts making a big snowman, but the Gonassyis want a snowball fight. It’s 5 against 1 so they quickly bury Funassyi in a huge snowball.
Exhausted and happy they’re all lying on the snow; One-san calls them to come into a kamakura (similar to an igloo) to have hot cocoa and warm up.
- An out-of-season episode, but maybe looking at snow and ice is cooling right now in Japan, where the temperatures are in the mid to high 30s C (95-100 degrees F and more)!
- The Gonassyis make their 2nd appearance in a row.
- A kamakura looks like an Inuit igloo, but it’s not a copy of an igloo - there has been a tradition of making snow huts like that in Akita prefecture in northern Japan for hundreds of years. They were built as small Shinto shrines to Mizugami-sama (the water god) during the winter months. Niigata prefecture, which also gets lots of snow in the winter, also has a tradition of making kamakura. Nowadays kamakura are popular at ski resorts or any place that gets lots of snow as fun places to hang out in, as in this episode, but the Shinto ritual of making kamakura is still carried out in some towns.