Funassyi in Bali, Day 2
Apparently Funassyi is having a great time in Bali, but it’s 35 degrees C there and he tweets that he wishes he could take his pear skin off.
I have no idea what’s going on with Funassyi in the third photo. (Here is his tweet; you can try to figure it out (could be rude… ^_^;))
Update: This resort has been identified as the Royal Pita Maha.
Recap of episode 63 (week 13, episode 3) of Funassyi no Funafunafu na Biyori. Nassyi! Nassyi!
tells Guressyi that there’s going to be a nashi pear matsuri
(festival), and that he wants to carry a nashi pear mikoshi (portable
Shinto shrine) that he’s made during the matsuri. He asks Guressyi to
carry it with him - Guressyi is very surprised at the invitation, but he
agrees as enthusiastically as he can.
The two pear fairies
practice carrying the mikoshi while chanting “nassyi, nassyi”, but it
doesn’t go to well; first they’re both trying to pull it in opposite
directions so it doesn’t move at all, then it just goes around in
circles, as Nyaossyi watches with wide eyes.
Funassyi then suggests they jerk it up and down (as is done with some real mikoshi) - and the big nashi pear on top falls off and rolls off! Funassyi chases after it, then jumps on the big pear and rides it off while shouting “Hyahaa!” Guressyi gazes after him and mutters, “The dude is pretty awesome”, to which Nyaossyi meows in agreement.
- A mikoshi is a portable shrine that is carried in Shinto festivals, which are called matsuri or omatsuri (although the word matsuri also means any kind of festival). They can be quite small or really huge, and are a major feature of any matsuri. If they are really big they have wheels and are pulled around, but they’re usually carried on the shoulders of several people (usually men, although recently women are participating too). Here’s a video of some pretty big mikoshi in the Kanda Matsuri, one of the 3 major matsuri of Tokyo.
- Usually the people who carry the mikoshi chant “wasshoi! wasshoi!”, but of course being pear fairies, Funassyi an Guressyi say “nassyi! nassyi!” instead. ^_^
- I think here we see Guressyi’s true feelings for Funassyi - he really admires his yellow compatriot, although his envy for his awesomeness often gets the better of him.
- When seen from above, both Funassyi and Guressyi are perfect circles ^_^
Funassyi enjoying the sunset in Bali, drink in hand. He looks a bit wrinkled though….perhaps more sunscreen is needed to protect the pear skin. (Photo via The Pear)
The Hello Kitty x Funassyi mug that’s part of their collaboration series of merchandise has this nice detail on the bottom. (Photo source; see the rest of the mug there too, which is illustrated on two sides.)
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Sukkiri!, the morning news and entertainment program that airs Funassyi’s short-anime series, had a short segment about Funassyi’s new live-action DVD, Funanomics 2: Nassyi Vacance (Vacation) Okinawa Edition. The clips from it look absolutely hilarious. One scene is where Funassyi tries to drink ramen soup from his “real” mouth (which is his fake mouth on the front…it’s complicated), with unfortunate results. There’s also a scene where two Funassyis are sleeping side to side and one gets attacked by wrestlers, and much more.
Note the right side of first screenshot above where Funassyi is talking about the DVD. Japanese TV news reports usually include the full name and age of the people in the reports; in this case, Funassyi’s name is listed with his age - 1876 - in parentheses.
Recap of episode 62 (week 13, episode 2) of Funassyi no Funafunafu na Biyori. Funassyi plants a seed…
Funassyi and Nyaossyi are taking a walk, when Funassyi spots a balloon caught on a tree branch. It has a packet of morning glory seeds in it. Funassyi says to Nyaossyi that someone must have released the balloon so that another person could plant the seeds, and says they’re taking the balloon home.
Once they’re back in the Pear Hut, Funassyi plants a seed in a pot and sprinkles it with sparkly pear juice. Funassyi declares that they are going to observe its growth, so they gaze at the pot for a while together, but Nyaossyi quickly gets bored and goes to sleep.
When Nyaossyi wakes up, to her astonishment the morning glory has grown and flowered all around the sleeping Funassyi’s head!
- Releasing balloons with seeds packets attached to them is a real pastime in Japan. You can even buy special balloon-seed clips which can be secured to the string, like this one.
- Morning glories (called asagao or “morning face”) are quintessential summertime flowers. Since they grow so fast, they are often used for summer vacation homework assignments where you plant a seed and keep a diary of its growth. (Yes, Japanese kids get homework to do during school vacations.)
- We haven’t seen Nyaossyi in a while it feels like. Funassyi and Nyaossyi are the best team on Funa Funa Biyori in my opinion.
- I think this is the first time we’ve seen something magical happen (besides like, random pear fairies traipsing around Earth of course ^_^:) So Funassyi’s pear juice actually does have some power after all.
- Don’t forget - Volume 1 of the series, containing the first 20 episodes, extra features, plus a Funassyi-design pouch, goes on sale tomorrow! You can get it from CDJapan or Amazon Japan (both ship internationally).
A video report by Maidigi TV of the Sanrio Puroland OMOIYARI TO YOU parade with guest star Funassyi, held on Sunday, June 21st.
A video of Funassyi marching into the OMOIYARI TO YOU parade at Sanrio Puroland with gusto. (Source)
Funassyi is off to Bali now
A busy pear fairy’s work is never done. Just a day after his Sanrio Puroland appearances, Funassyi has flown off to Bali on Garuda Indonesia. This is part of the marketing campaign he is doing for the Bali Oh travel agency, who specialized in travel to Bali. (See previous posts.)
It looks like Funassyi is enjoying being pampered by the cabin attendants in the 2nd photo. If my airline-otaku spouse is right, The Pear is on a Boeing 777, business class (seat 7G).
Zodiac sign Funassyis, Part 1 (Capricorn to Gemini)
There’s so much Funassyi related news every day, that I often have trouble keeping up. This is one example. These surreal kimo-kawaii (weird-cute) zodiac sign Funassyi mascots were announced about a week ago by Grey Parka Service, but they’re already sold out in the pre-order phase! I’m posting the pictures anyway in hopes that they’ll make them available again. There are other zodiac-Funassyi products, due to go on sale in July, such as omamori (good luck charms), badges and the like.
From the top: Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces, Aries, Taurus, and Gemini.
Photos via Grey Parka Service.