Pear fairy Funassyi releases 2nd single

Funassyi has released his 2nd single -  a new danceable song called "Boogie Boogie Funassyi" that will be out on August 20.

While usually "Yurukyara" mascots are quiet or do nothing but standing, Funassyi moves one end to another, jumps around and talks so much. Because he is unique, he has sparked a boom, and now his popularity might be higher than the Yurukyara king, Kumamon, from Kumamoto prefecture. There is hardly a day when we don't see Funassyi on TV.

Funassyi is a mascot character representing a city called Funabashi in Chiba prefecture. In Japan, making a representative mascot character ("Yurukyara" mascot) is definitely one of the promotional strategies for Japanese cities to get people to know about them.

However, poor Funassyi was created voluntarily by a Funabashi citizen and the city has never given him an official recognition.  Even after he became very popular, he is still an unofficial mascot character unofficially representing Funabashi.

I express Funassyi as "He" in the article, but he hasn't revealed if he is a boy or girl. He is a pear fairy. "Nashi/Nassy" means pear in Japanese and Funabashi is known for the production of pears.

Check out Funassyi's Boogie Boogie Funassyi in the video below:

 

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