2017 marks the 5th year since a certain Pear Fairy descended to Earth to bring joy and laughter to our lives. To mark this, the Funassyi 5th Anniversary Project has been launched, with special events planned for the whole year. The big ones announced so far are as follows:
April 29 - May 8: A Funassyi retrospective exhibit called “Thank You For 5 Years / Here’s To Many More” (5年間ありがとう♪これからもよろしく♪) will be on display at the Seibu department store in Funabashi, in the 7th floor special events area. The exhibit will include handdrawn items by The Pear, Pear Suit no. 2, and more.
For a limited time, you can transform yourself, or someone in your camera’s view, into Funassyi in the Snow video chat app, available for iOS and Android. (I’ve tested it out and yes, it works with the Snow app even if you don’t get it from the Japanese App Store! I don’t have an Android phone, so please report if it doesn’t work with the app there. )
Many commemorative products, such as this set of 5 Funassyi dolls depicting Pear Suits 1 to 5, from Grey Parka Service. There will also be a special Funassyi brand Funabashi nori seaweed.
Last and not least, the Shin Keisei Dentetsu railway will have special Funassyi livery train this summer! Details, dates to be announced.
The first photo above is one of Funassyi’s early publicity shots, wearing good old Suit no. 1. Our Pear has come a long way indeed, and it will be fun to celebrate this year with him.