Akkuma, an unofficial gotouchi chara from Sapporo, Hokkaido, visited Funassyiland Funabashi today. Here he is gleefully mauling 90cm Funassyi.
Akkuma is the third gotouchi chara (besides Funayassyi) to appear at Funassyiland Funabashi on their own, following Iisa King and Kapal, so it looks like this will become a regular thing. It’s not a bad idea, since the Main Pear seems to be so busy these days. It gives the characters exposure, and I’m assuming they get a paycheck too.
Funassyi was on stage several times during the Girls Festa event on Saturday, March 19th in Shizuoka. Despite the fact that the main guests of honor that day were 3 members of the girl group E-Girls, it seems that about yellow and blue were the predominant colors worn by the crowd. The video above is of one of Funassyi’s stage appearances. Some others below:
Here’s the show opening, where he’s introduced after the comedy dance duo Eggs-plosion:
And here’s a bit he did with the E-girls - a kind of fashion walk-off, to see who had the most ‘girl power’. The Pear did quite well for him..er her…Funassyi has a lot of girl power.
The event was broadcast live on local Shizuoka television only, but thankfully Nagano Teruo and others have provided us with videos to enjoy.
Yamashiroya in Ueno, Tokyo, one of the best non-Funassyiland sources for Funassyi goods, will be holding a Spring 2016 Funassyi Fair starting on March 25th. (Note: I can’t see a ending date for the fair on their website - I’ll post one when/if I do.) Among other things it will have several Funassyi Panda items, including the soft toy pictured above. They will also have the Chōjū-nashi-giga line of products. The price is to be announced. See this post (no. 3) for directions to the Yamashiroya store.
Funassyi was busy shooting on location in Funabashi the last couple of days, including a nashi pear orchard (first 3 shots). In the 4th shot he’s with Yasuhiro Takagi, a well known patissier from Funabashi, and the last shot with Funaemon is from the Ito Yokado event on Wednesday. (He says the towels are perfect for blowing your nose on during pollen allergy season. ^_^;) Although Funassyi flies all around the country, not to mention overseas, a lot these days, it’s always great to see him in his home territory, where he seems the most relaxed.
Here’s a video of yesterday’s event at the Ito Yokado shopping center in Funabashi, from the always reliable EMI274. The event was the announce a series of Funassyi-design sports towels called Funassyi x Ichifuna towels, which were produced by Grey Parka Service in cooperation with Funabashi City High School (Funabashi Ichiritsu Koko 船橋市立高校), proceeds of which will go to benefit school sports programs in Funabashi; a portion will also go to Funassyi’s favorite Tohoku charity, the Michinoku Future Fund. The first part of the event is a presentation by the kids in the Business division of the school who worked on the program, which was set up by their school and Ito Yokado - it seems it was a good exercise in licensing, product design, negotiation and so on.
Funassyi makes his appearance around the 21:05 mark with his usual energy, bearing one of the towels; he’s joined shortly therafter by the ever patient and always overshadowed Funaemon, the official gotouchi chara of Funabashi. Funassyi brings his usual irreverent attitude, saying things like “don’t buy [these towels] and resell them on Yahoo! Auctions!” He was only on stage for a fairly short time, but the kids seemed to be delighted to see him. Another thing of note was MC Aicchy’s new pink outfit, replacing her usual Funassyi yellow and blue one - she seems to be doing pretty well with her pregnancy.
This event was announced at very short notice and was only publicized locally (via posters at Ito Yokado, and on the Funabashi store site), possibly to prevent the usual Funassyi groupies from taking up all the good seats or something - although word did spread eventually via Twitter and other places.
The Funassyi x Ichifuna towels are available at the Funabashi Ito Yokado store or on the 7-I Holdings online store. (7-I Holdings is the group that includes Ito Yokado, 7-11 and other retail outlets.) They’re 1,500 yen each including tax. I especially like this one, which shows Funassyi dressed as a traditional cheerleader and says “Possibilities are boundless nassyi-”.
Funassyi doing some kind of towel-slapping dance. Funaemon (the real official gotouchi chara of Funabashi) and students from Funabashi City High School look a little bewildered. From today’s event at Ito Yokado in Funabashi. (I’ll post a full video when/if a good one is uploaded.)
Funassyi Kotoba (Word) Puzzle Crossword (ふなっしー ことばパズルクロスワード）came out a few days ago from Gakken, publishers of educational quiz books and study aids. It’s aimed at first graders, with the objective of increasing their vocabulary in the various subjects they’ll encounter in school. The Funassyi depicted in the book is a childlike version, rounder and cuter than the original.
Most of the book is really educational, but this being a Funassyi publication, it does have some offbeat aspects. One of them is the “My schedule when I was a young pear” page (4th image); it seems the Young Funassyi had some interesting subjects at school, such as “sandpapering”, “catching mice”, “exterminating stinkbugs”, “mixing fertilizer”, “throwing pears”, “choosing meat”, “professional wrestling” and “polishing the butt”. He also took Chinese and German lessons, several sessions marked “paid vacation”, and “kunoichi” - another word for ninjutsu, ninja skills. The page opposite the schedule has explanations, sort of. These pages may go over the heads of first graders, but they’re great fun for adults.
The book would make a great gift for a Funassyi fan who is also a beginning Japanese student too. The price is 1000 yen plus tax.
Funassyi will be throwing out the first pitch before the Rakuten Eagles vs. Nippon Ham Fighters game on April 9th at Rakuten Kobo Stadium, and the Eagles’ merchandising team and Rapiit, one of the regular makers of Funassyi wares, have been busy working on Funassyi-Eagles products, which look terribly cute. They even include a Funassyi version of every member of the Eagles team (third photo). A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these items will go to Funassyi’s favorite charity, the Michinoku Future Fund.
So far no announcements have been made as to where these Funassyi-collaboration items will be sold, besides inside the Eagles’ stadium itself, I do hope they’ll be available on their online store eventually.
If you’re planning to go to the 5pm Funassyi event at Ito Yokado shopping center in Funabashi tomorrow (Wednesday, March 16th, details here), apparently you will need to get the entry ticket (free) in the morning at 10am. Line up at the Pedestrian Deck 2nd Floor West Building train station side entrance. Tickets are limited so it’s probably safest to get there early.
Image/information via this tweet (from long time Funatomo Ryo Fukuda)
Apparently there’s going to be a big announcement from Funassyiland on Thursday, March 17th around noon. What could it be? Another Funassyiland store? A big new series? We’ll see…
The Sakura Funassyi doll has already sold out (although it should be restocked eventually), but the stick of dango (dumplings) it is holding will be available on its own as a mascot keychain on March 19th at all Funassyiland stores. Each little dumpling on the 15cm long stick has a Funassyi face and a tiny head leaf. The retail price is 1200 yen plus tax.