Hi there. Whichever Pear suit it opts for, Funassyi seems quite a bit shorter than most other mascots but also human men and some human women. Do you know how tall (or short) the real Funassyi -- as opposed to the plushie versions of The Pear, etc.! --
Hi there, thanks for answering all the questions I've posed to you thus far and hope you don't find them (too) tiresome to respond to. I recently was gifted a sleeping bag Funassyi (which I adore) and notice that the plush has a stalk sticking out of its
Funassyi being escorted by a cadre of ninja and samurai! The ninja and samurai are not real, of course - they’re cast members at Nikko Edomura Edo Wonderland, the 18th-19th century feudal era themed park in Nikko, Tochigi prefecture where Funassyi appeared today. The samurai dressed in sky blue is supposed to be a member of the Shinsengumi, an elite special police squad who were active during the Bakumatsu period, the last days of the Edo period (in the 1860s).
You can watch the video clip of this rather surreal scene here. There’s a second one here (from the same Twitter user, funapacker), where Funassyi is surrounded by more Shinsengumi and some other samurai, plus the same older guy with a basket on his back, dressed like a farmer who’s come to sell his goods in town, who is in the first video. The notable thing about this second video is that the cast members dressed as samurai are actually speaking in character, asking the people around them to step back in the way people speak in period dramas. Also, they run into Barysan who Funassyi tries to greet, but his samurai-posse ask Barysan to step back and follow them. Ouch.
This video clip from last week’s Rakuten Golden Eagles appearance shows Funassyi negotiating his way down some stadium stairs, with the people around him helping him out with verbal cues - keep in mind that Funassyi has a very limited field of vision, since he can only see out of the mesh-covered holes that make up the eyes on the Pear Suit. Funassyi manages the simple act of descending stairs entertaining though. When someone calls out “OK you’re on the landing now”, he does a little dance - the word for staircase landing in Japanese, odoriba (踊り場), also means “dance floor”. He then skips down the stairs as someone counts them for him, then when he reaches a bump he also dances over it. The explanation is way longer than the video, which is adorable.
Video posted by Rapiit (one of the 3 major makers of Funassyi wares).
Funassyi was in fine form as usual today at Fukushima Race Course. Sporting a jaunty bright pink hat (made by a fan, as are all his event-accessories), he jumped, twirled and talked up a storm in front of an enthusiastic crowd during a mini-talk show, then did a presentation to the winning jockey of one of the major races that day.
During the talk show, he and his MC Aicchy made a brief mention of the earthquake in Kumamoto and surrounding regions, which is still ongoing with numerous aftershocks. (Kumamoto City is about 1400 km or 870 miles from Fukushima Race Course). Fukushima was, of course, one of the hardest hit prefectures in the March 11, 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, and Funassyi has made numerous appearances in the area since - this was his third appearance at the Fukushima Race Course alone. After all, one of the major reasons Funassyi decided to become well, Funassyi, was to try to cheer up the city of Funabashi and Japan in general after the earthquake. Chiba prefecture, where Funabashi is located, is in the eastern part of the Kanto region which adjoins the Tohoku region, and also suffered serious damage from the 2011 earthquake). Funassyi said that as soon as it was appropriate to do so, he planned to go and pay his respects to Kumamon Senpai and to help cheer up the people of Kumamoto.
Nagano Teruo has already uploaded videos from the day. Here are Parts 1 and 2 of the talk show (there’s a bit of overlap between the two). The conversation between Funassyi and Aicchy about the Kumamoto earthquake starts around the 5 minute mark of Part 1.
Funassyi jumps right out of the picture. From today’s event at Fukushima Race Course. (Photo source)
I thought I’d already posted details of tomorrow’s Funassyi events at Fukushima Race Course (or Race Track), but apparently not… ^_^; So here it is. Funassyi will be making 3 appearances; his customary mini-talk show at 11:25 at the Inside Track Stage (馬場内ステージ); at 15:30 as a “main race presenter” at the Venus Circle; and a photo op around 16:10 in the Paddock. Funassyi had fun with Melon Kuma here last year.
Photo source (the Pear, looking good on a horse)
This Rakuten Golden Eagles Funassyi mascot doll sold out within minutes when it went on sale on the Eagles’ online shop, but it will be available again tonight (April 15th) at 21:00 Japan time. The Eagles shop doesn’t ship directly overseas, so if you’re not in Japan you will need to use a package forwarding service. The little mascot doll is 13cm tall, and costs 1300 yen plus tax.
Important note: This is to enter an early-drawing lottery for a chance to obtain one of the tickets, not an actual. I missed this critical detail before. My apologies if I caused any confusion!
Extra-early-bird pre-sale tickets (whatever that means) - please see correction above - for Nassyi Fes - Funassyi Summer Festival 2016 (August 23rd at Budokan in Tokyo, and August 29th at Osaka-Jo Hall in Osaka) starts today, April 15th at 19:00 Japan time. This lottery period ends on April 25, 2016 at 23:59. The lottery is available on the Lawson ticketing site L-Tike, so you will need to be in Japan or have someone in Japan enter for you.
There are two kinds of seats available: the 指定席/一般 (general) tickets are for anyone, and the 着席指定/一般 (specified seating) tickets are for kids and the adults accompanying them only. Also, the 7,400 yen tickets are for adults and the 2,740 yen one for kids. Be sure you’re entering for the right kind of ticket!
Tickets for the Pear Juice Thanks Party went in a blink of an eye, but both Budokan and Osaka-Jo Hall are much bigger venues, so hopefully more fans will have a chance at tickets.
Funassyi and a host of other gotouchi chara will be appearing at Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura in Nikko, Tochigi prefecture this weekend. Edo Wonderland is a theme park based on the Edo period of Japan (1601-1868), and features a recreation of Edo (Tokyo) from around the 18th-19th century. The recreation is good enough for the park to be used quite often as a shooting location for period dramas. I don’t know if the chara will be wandering around the streets of Edo, which would so surreal, but they will be appearing on stage. Funassyi is scheduled to appear twice on Sunday - from 10:10 to 10:30 with Nyanmage, the official chara of Edo Wonderland; and from 13:20 to 13:45 with his old buddies Iisa King and Chicchai Ossan.
The chara stage shows are free, but there is an admission fee to to theme park itself. General admission is 4,700 yen for adults and 2,400 yen for children 12 and younger. There are discounts available however (see ticket prices).
Official site and schedule (Japanese)
This little covered bowl is scheduled to be available at all Funassyilands on April 29th. The price is yet to be announced. The little bowing Funassyi at the bottom of the bowl is saying “Please come again (to our restaurant) soon nassyi~”.
Source - Nittele Service Twitter account
Next Tuesday late night (or Wednesday morning, depending on how you regard the wee hours of the morning) - or in other words, from 1:00AM to 2:00AM on April 20th - Funassyi will be a guest on Nippon Radio, on the All Night Nippon program hosted by musical group back number.
Note: I am not sure if or where it’s possible to listen to Nippon Radio live outside of Japan. One option is to try an online radio streaming service like Radiko and a VPN. In addition, All Night Nippon shows often gets uploaded afterwards to the various video-sharing sites since it’s a popular program, although there’s no guarantee this episode will be of course.
Via the All Night Nippon blog
Photo source - Funassyi with some of his gotouchi chara friends (he seems to be getting rather intimate with Nyajiro…) on Saturday at Kobo Stadium.
For the man who has everything (or the woman who likes to wear boy underwear) - Funassyi boxer briefs! They only come in one size (waist 74cm - 84cm), and cost 1,200 yen plus tax. The pattern is called “Packed” (ぎっしり - gisshiri) - I think they mean uh, packed with little Funassyis. Available on or after April 21st on Amazon and Rakuten.
I’ve already posted fan videos of Funassyi’s talk shows at Kobo Stadium over the weekend, but the Rakuten Golden Eagles have posted official videos too, so here they are. The one from Saturday is above, and the one from Sunday is below.
Funassyi with Rakuten Golden Eagles rookie outfielder Louis Okoye (オコエ瑠偉). Okoye, who was a sensation in high school, was picked no. 2 overall in the 2015 draft by the Eagles, and is the first player to start in on the “first team” (the major league level of the Japan League) straight out of high school in the team’s history.
Photo via the Pear.