Hello there. I've seen The Pear stroke its cheeks in many video clips. I don't think it's just a reflexive action on its part. Do the movements have a particular meaning -- and if so, what? (On a related note: thanks so much for explaining the puriket
Two of the many sides of Funassyi. Top: All girly in a white wedding dress, on the cover of the special ‘wedding finances’ insert in the June issue of the bridal magazine Zexy. Bottom: Showing his back to the camera at the Rakuten Golden Eagles’ Kobo Stadium, with the caption “A Pear talks with his back.”
Photo sources: 1 - Zexy magazine; 2
Shimamura stores have started advertising their summer line of bedding, which uses a special fabric called Fiber Dry, which they say feels cool and dry to the touch even in hot, humid weather. Funassyi is used on the in-store posters and POP displays and such for Fiber Dry. Shimamura also has a new line of summer t-shirts with Funassyi designs - I especially like the one in the third photo that says “Funassyi Is A Gentlemanly Pear Fairy”.
Funassyi says that Funagoro will be hanging out at Funassyiland Funabashi for a while - all the more incentive to visit the flagship store.
Photo via Nittele Service. (I would dearly love to see Nittele produce a new season of the anime series, and add Funagoro to the cast…imagine Funagoro playing with Nyaossyi, being a thorn in the side of Guressyi, or getting into trouble with the Gonassyi brothers! The possibilities..)
The flagship Funassyiland store in Funabashi just celebrated its 27,400th customer since it re-opened at its new, bigger location on November 19, 2015. Store Manager Emeritus Funassyi was there (he also manned - peared? - the cash registers for a bit, as he usually does when he makes a store appearance) as were Shinjo-kun (left) and Kappa no Kotaro. And - great news for Funagoro fans - Funassyi’s little brother was there too. This is Funagoro’s first public appearance since he “graduated” from his job promoting Bandai products, and it’s a sign that he has not been mothballed.
Photo source (Shinjo-kun’s Twitter)
The Pear in a wedding dress…white, of course. (Via)
Here’s Funassyi doing the voiceover for a commercial for Zexy, a bridal magazine. He seems to have taken over the magazine itself too…
Edit: The commercial is for the June issue of Zexy.
I’ve said it many times before, but Funassyi is at his most entertaining when he’s allowed to be himself and talk freely. That was the case last night when he appeared on the All Night Nippon radio show hosted by the band back number. Funassyi and the back number members got on famously, and were really hilarious. I am not sure how much can be gotten from the show unless you understand Japanese, but here’s the link to a recording; Funassyi appears around the 20 minute point. (And as you can see from the photos above, Funassyi did come in full Pear Suit, even though it was radio.)
One of the stories Funassyi told was what happened to him right before the show. He drove to the Nippon Broadcasting studios, which are located in Yurakucho, Shinjuku (a major entertainment and sort-of red light district (although it’s been sanitized a lot in recent years) of Tokyo),but because of construction work he got lost. He was sitting in his car trying to look up a way to get to the studios, when a police officer on a bicycle knocked on the window. Funassyi said he was relieved at first, thinking he could ask the police officer directions - but before he could speak, he was sternly asked for his driver’s license…..
The reaction on Twitter during the show from fans of back number were almost all positive, many saying it was one of their best shows ever. I hope this may lead to a regular radio show or something for Funassyi.
Cooling down the Inner Pear….
The weird looking device is actually an industrial air conditioner or cooling machine. It was used last night during Funassyi’s radio appearance. A similar device has been used before, and Funassyi really seems to like it - he called it a “pear life preservation device”. In the photo above he’s taking in the air through his eye. He also seems to be able to take it in via his arm..?
A fan (they were accepting questions via email and Twitter) asked Funassyi why he didn’t go on the show “sans makeup”, since it was radio and no one could see him, to which he replied that that wasn’t possible since the Pear Skin contained “pear fruit pulp, pear juice and soul”.
Photo source (All Night Nippon’s program producer)
Funassyi with Funky Kato of the band Funky Monkey Babys, at Nippon Broadcasting. Via Kato’s Facebook page.
Funassyi will be a special guest tonight or early tomorrow morning (April 20 starting at 1:00AM Japan Time) on All Night Nippon, a radio talk show that’s hosted by a variety of entertainment figures; for this episode the hosts are the band back number. Listening to the program if you’re in Japan is easy, even if you don’t own a radio - just go to Radiko.jp, click on ニッポン放送（Nippon Broadcasting, the 3rd link from the left in the bar under the logo up top), and the Play button when the show starts. I’m not sure where or how you can listen to it outside of Japan, but you can try accessing Radiko via a VPN.
Photo via Mira Nakano.
This is not about Funassyi, but is about the ongoing Kumamoto Earthquake: The Kumamoto Government has relaxed its licensing and usage requirements for Kumamon, so that his image can be used to help out the victims of the earthquake such as for raising money at charity events, gathering supplies and so on without having to go through the usual approval process. You are asked to submit a rough sketch of the proposed way you are planning to use Kumamon by mailing it to this address: email@example.com (I guess they do prefer it be in Japanese). The acceptable usages listed are for “posters, flyers, donation boxes, banners etc.” If you want to make a Kumamon product or something you still have to go through the usual approval process. No word about online usage, although it’s not very likely they’ll go after people using Kumamon’s image to raise fund or awareness about the earthquake.
A couple of weeks ago at the end of their highly entertaining LINE LIVE Sashimeshi talk show, Funassyi and So Takei took a couple of pictures together, which were then offered as prizes to fans who retweeted the official LINE LIVE Twitter account message about it. I retweeted it but never expected to win of course…but I did! I was told I may wait up to 2 months to get my prize, but it arrived this morning.
The photo, which is actually a Cheki (the Fuji Film version of a Polaroid-type instant photo) is tiny, but to my surprise it’s signed by them both! This is the first real Funassyi autograph I’ve ever owned, so I’m over the bald Pear head…I mean the moon! Funassyi does look a bit weird in the photo since he scribbled his autograph over his face, but that’s fine by me. ^_^