Thank You From Danny Choo!

Danny Choo was a guestblogger on Boing Boing. Danny resides in Tokyo, and blogs about life in Japan and Japanese subculture - he also works part time for the empire.
Final post on BoingBoing. Would like to thank Joi Ito for the introduction and to Xeni, Mark and the rest of the BB team for having me. It really has been an honor! The biggest thanks goes out to BB readers for putting up with my ramblings for the past two weeks - hope I have not done too much damage ;-) Many BB readers found my FaceBook and Twitter and I would like to say thanks for the add! If you would like to keep up with life from Japan and subculture without having to look at the loud UI at, you may want to RSS Subscribe (raw feed here) or get updates in your inbox instead. All my articles are also automatically pushed out to my Flickr account and I update my FaceBook and Twitter with the most significant updates too - feel free to add me ;-) I often hook up with readers so if you are in Tokyo then ping me and hopefully we'll go for some sushi or something. I also host an event called Tokyo CGM Night where the top bloggers and YouTube directors in Japan get together with IT folks in the aim of creating Bodacious Harmonious Awesomeness - if you want to meet other bloggers/IT folk or plug your goods or services to potentially millions of users then drop me a line though my LinkedIn. As for the photo - blog a bit about Mac life too and was recently featured in Japans premiere Mac magazine "MacFan" which you can see in the above photo - pics and other magazine coverage in this article. Do or do not. There is no try. Do it today - not tomorrow.


  1. Your entries rocked! Thanks for all your informative and entertaining posts, Danny.
    As always, the Force is strong with you.

  2. Great stuff Danny! I absolutely loved your posts. You do amazing work. … Thanks for your time and effort. You can go about your business. ;)

  3. I enjoyed and learned from your posts here at Boing Boing more than I have learned from any of the other guests.

    Thank you very much for making it interesting, and I really am sad to see you moving on from Boing Boing. I would love to see you as a regular here.

    Take care!

  4. Otsukare!! Danny!!!
    I loved your akiba culture posts mixed with boingboing posts!

    The criticism to your posts made me realize that:

    the “New Edge” is Akiba and (post)otaku culture like San Francisco was 15 years ago with the Cyberpunk…

  5. I actually started following your blog shortly before you showed up here, but I have to say – if there’s one thing you’ve taught me about Japan… it’s that I need a stormtrooper outfit.

  6. I actually started following your blog shortly after you showed up here. Thank you BB for exposing me to so much fun. Thank you Danny! If I’m ever in Tokyo, sushi’s on me.

  7. Please drop by again, really loved your posts! They’ve renewed my urge to visit Japan so I’ll know to blame you once my wallet’s empty :-)

  8. Really excellent guest gig – horizon expanding in multiple dimensions. Continue being bold and audacious – thanks!

  9. [quote]The biggest thanks goes out to BB readers for putting up with my ramblings for the past two weeks – hope I have not done too much damage ;-)[/quote]

    On the contrary – you’ve instilled in me my very own fascination with Japanese culture. That, coupled with having recently seen a show on TV where the presenters raced across Japan (cue much vast camera shots of gorgeous country and epic cityscapes) I’ve decided I’m going to visit. As a 2nd year student in Britain, I’d better start saving now, then!

    Many thanks for the wonderful insights!


  10. What’s the word?
    Alligahto! …or is it
    The Japanese word for “thank you” – I’ve heard it often in the Japanese movies I’ve watched, but I have not a clue as to its anglicized spelling.

  11. Danny – a really nice series of posts which reminded me of the sheer strangeness and wonder that I felt about Japan when I first lived there in the mid-90s. And in some ways so little fundamental has changed since then. But I’ve been in Tokyo a lot since, but the sad thing is that a lot of the ‘Akiba’ culture is under threat, isn’t it? I would have liked to have read more about what is going on with the ‘redevelopment’ of Akihabara and the increasing effort to drive our otaku shops and services from the area. My wife was at college with Morikawa Kaichiro, who you might know BTW. We try to stay in touch with what is up in Tokyo, even though we are now far away in the UK (well, actually I am even further away in Brazil, right now!).

    Thanks, Danny.

  12. I’ll be honest, I usually hate Boing Boing’s guest bloggers. Something about the frequency of their posts and the variety of topics..I just can’t wrap my head around them. You were the first that I felt engaged with and that the length, topic and tone of the posts during your residency were consistent. I’m a new fan!

  13. Danny, thanks for taking the time to blog. Your posts have been joyful, thoughtful and thought provoking, informative, and most importantly fun. Bloggers please invite this man back!

    P.S. You’ve got the coolest workspace ever!

  14. Domo arigato gozaimashita, Danny– I really enjoyed reading all your posts here on BoingBoing. I can wait for my trip to Japan in May so that I can see some of that marvellousness myself firsthand!

  15. I agree, you are probably the best guest blogger BB has had. Please come back soon–the insights into Japan’s culture were fascinating.

  16. Hi Danny, have signed up just so I can say how much I’ve enjoyed your posts! Will be following your site from now on :)

  17. Gods, Danny is so positive and full of energy that it makes me grumpy.

    Doesn’t he know that life sucks and we are hurtling toward certain death because progress is an inevitable trap we willingly walk into?

    Ah well. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Best Guest Blogger Evar.

    — clvrmnky

  18. Thanks for your posts. I’m pretty well acquainted with Anime/Manga culture, but your posts highlighted how that culture intersects with “The Real World.” Often left me shaking my head, and not always at the otaku.

  19. You will be missed Danny. You had some of the best posts I’ve read anywhere in a long time. Fare well.

  20. What a treat to see your entries, and it was particularly delightful to have you posting so much on the weekends, when boingboing doesn’t usually change much! Y’all come back, y’hear?

  21. Domo arigatou, Danny. I’ll miss you, but I guess that means I need to add your feed to my RSS reader.

    You were definitely the most interesting guest blogger we’ve had.

  22. DC,
    I really liked your posts — very BoingBoing. I’ve already added you to my RSS aggregator!

    Current editors,
    more guest posters like this! (or just bring danny back fulltime =] ).

  23. Nicely done mate, plenty of quality and quantity! Now if you’ll excuse me, I have an Itasha to go build.

  24. Thanks Danny. You have been my favorite guest blogger here! I have subscribed to your RSS and will be reading you regularly. Cheers!

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