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Born in Stockholm (Sweden), now live in Sapporo (Japan). Hold a Ph.D. in computer science and work with computers during the days, perform magic in a bar during the nights (and weekends, for kids). Also used to teach historical fencing back in Sweden.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Cup no Fuchiko

Normally, Fuchiko is not this big.

In Japan there is a character called "Fuchiko of the cup" (コップのフチ子). Fuchiko sounds like a girls name, and is a pun on "fuchi" which means the rim of a glass or cup. This is a small plastic character that you can hang or place on the rim of glasses and it looks like she is climbing out of the glass, bathing in the drink, hanging on so as not to fall etc.


There is a Fuchiko exhibition here now, so I went to see that. They had lots of plastic models of course, but also many design drawings, information about the design process, and about the creator.

The creator seems to be nuts, in a good way.

There were also models with several of the spin-offs from Fuchiko. There is a Sokoko (from "soko", the base of the cup), who has her legs or other body parts crushed by the glass and works as a coaster. There is a girl that also works as earplugs, so when you sleep it looks like a tiny woman is stuck in your ear.

There were also DVDs with Fuchiko on sale. What does the plastic model do in these DVDs? Presumably posing in various places, since she cannot move...






Fuchiko of the Cup
Sokoko of the Cup
Onsen (hot spring) Fuchiko from every famous onsen in Japan.

Fuchiko for cup noodles!
Strange related characters
Fuchiko together with other characters
Nurse Fuchiko!
Disney characters on the rim
Fuchiko dressed up as the Disney characters!
Christmas Fuchiko
Fuchiko DVDs! What does she do in these?!


2 comments:

  1. Jag har några såna hängande lite här och där i vardagsrummet!! :-) Jag är en sucker för mini-människor, och har varit ända sedan jag läste Nils Karlsson Pyssling när jag var 7.. :-) ÄLSKAR sånt.. :-) Jag har 9 stycken Fuchiko.. :-)

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    1. Jag har ett gäng damer som badar i sushi o.dyl.:

      http://dr-hato.blogspot.jp/2015/02/doing-strange-things-to-sushi.html

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