Fast Times with Funassyi ふなっしー

on Thursday, December 04, 2014


This was by far one of the weirdest things that I have been a part of. This past summer I was on a Japanese TV show with one of Japan's favorite characters Funassyi. In four days we traveled from the east coast of Florida to Washington state shooting in eight different locations. The video above is poor quality but it is a little slice of the thirty minute show that aired in Japan recently.

Below are some images that I took along the way.

Manatee hanging around in Citrus County, Florida.


Sunrise with the infamous and energetic Funassyi. The energy levels at 5am in the morning was a little too much to take at times. 

The film crew working on B-roll footage. 


A taste of my own medicine. 

 
A worried crew thinking that Funassyi may drown swimming deep in the ocean. 


Funassyi doing the pear thing underwater. 


 The dynamics between the Miami Marlins and Funyassi was hilarious. Billy the Marlin only whistled and Funassyi only spoke Japanese so Billy hard a fairly difficult time teaching Funassyi how to pitch properly. 

 
First pitch at the Miami Marlins game. 



Oh yeah, press conference time...

 
The plan was for Funassyi to wing walk on this biplane but the pilot and crew deemed that Funassyi would die, so we decided to just put it into the seat instead. 


I'm pretty sure that pilot couldn't see anything. 




Look closely and you can see our yellow buddy in the Seattle Space Needle. 


The crew trying to line up the shot. 






Last but not least was the Seattle Tomato battle where Funassyi won the costume portion of the event...of course. 



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