Boing Boing 

Danny Choo


Medieval Suits of Armor

Danny Choo is 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.
dannychoo_armor_collection.jpg See more photos and images of weird and wonderful medieval armor at Dark Roasted Blend. Speaking of armor - the video below shows how one puts on Stormtrooper armor. Via Karapaia.

Japan - Drivers License, Deaths and Injuries

Danny Choo is 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.
dannychoo_traffic.jpg These numbers can be seen at every Koban (police box) throughout Japan and show how many people got injured or died in traffic accidents. 166 people were injured yesterday. 4 people have died so far this year and 1675 people have been injured. Photo taken when I went to get my drivers license renewed - you can read about the process in my Japan Drivers License article where I also talk about the incredibly depressing video that they show you before the license is issued - and before watching the video, the officer says that if you fall asleep while watching then no license for you ;-)

Get Free Tosses in Tokyo

Danny Choo is 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.
dannychoo_toss.jpg Seen the Free Hugs in Tokyo for many a moon now but this was the first time I saw Free Tosses. "Free Toss" in this case meaning where they throw you in the air like this. Folks visiting from the UK however may get the wrong idea about a "free toss" - "tossing" in London slang means to wax ones dolphin... Photo dug up from my Japan Photos category. dannychoo_vaderhug.jpg Vader and a TK unit giving out free hugs in Harajuku - larger photos at Kirainet.

Peter Bjorn and John Feature Yoyogi Dancers

Danny Choo is 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.
dannychoo_iphone_launch.jpg
This video, and official release from Peter Bjorn and John, shows a day in the life of a very interesting guy with very big hair, and his dancing comrades. Whether seen as macho to a humorous fault or just so cool we can’t keep up, the dancers in Yoyogi Park have been at this for years.
More videos of what goes on at Yoyogo Park at NihongoNotes. Photo was taken at Harajuku (where Yoyogi Park is) on the day of the iPhone launch - see more photos of the coverage and a related Peter Bjorn and John video in my previous iPhone japan article. Via JapanProbe.

How to Get Free Electronic Goods In Japan

Danny Choo is 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.
Why is it that your relatives or friends in Japan tell you that they got their fully functional electronic goods such as TVs, refrigerators, music centers etc from the streets for free? Many folks over here upgrade their electronic goods regularly to keep up with the Suzuki's. They've only had their TV for a couple of years and want an upgrade. By law, one should not just throw out their old electrical appliances. The owner of a TV for example would go to the local convenience store and purchase a recycle sticker (which looks something like this) that they stick on the TV - the sticker in this case may cost something like 3 USD. An appointment is then arranged with the local ward office to come and pick up the TV at a particular time. Despite what the law says, some folks just leave their stuff on the roads for others to pick up and do this because they think its a waste to have a fully functional appliance just taken away - *and* the fact that they have to pay for it to be taken away too. Do folks in your region just leave electrical appliances in fully working order around? Photo dug up from somewhere in my A Week in Tokyo series.

100Mbps Internet Connection For 11 USD Per Month

Danny Choo is 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.
dannychoo_internet.jpg This Japan Telecom chap is installing our second optic fiber 100Mbps Internet connection which I'm currently using to dish out images for dannychoo.com from a Mac Mini - uncapped connection with an average of 64Mbps down/55Mbps up. Cost is 11 USD per month with no setup fees either. The installation takes less than an hour and you can watch the whole process in my previous article. I remember when I first started out using the Internets back in the UK over ten years ago on a 56k modem - my first phone bill was over 200 pounds! How much does the Internets cost you in your region? Is it cheap or does your ISP require 7.2 pints of blood from you?

Spider Man Promotes Apartment Rooms In Japan

Danny Choo is 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.
In Japan, the American Spider Man works part time to promote apartment rooms - in this case its for the snazzy Bloom Tower. And this is because the Japanese Spider Man is elsewhere giving aerobics lessons as you can see from the video below... Photo taken from my 7pm in Tokyo series where I snap and post a shot of what I'm doing/where I am at around 7pm.

Japanese Version of Boing Boing

Danny Choo is 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.
Xeni and I have been secretly working on a Japanese version of Boing Boing not. But maybe this is what it would look like - threw together during a PG Tips tea break using Fireworks. And in case you are wondering - the first post in the mock is about an online Japanese book that was published which features photos of men's faces being squashed by women's thighs - more pics and instructions on how to see more are available if that sort of thing tickles your fancy. The other post in the mock is about a popular American manga (Japanese comics) illustrator Fred_Gallagher who's work has become so popular outside of Japan that now the Japanese want to see his work. Larger version of this mockup in my Flickr pool.

Tokyo - Houses With Personality

Danny Choo is 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.
dannychoo_boroboro2.jpg A side of Tokyo that folks outside of Japan may not usually get to see - a collection of architecture around Tokyo with some personality - more photos available in my previous Tokyo Housing article. dannychoo_boroboro2.jpg

Russian Fortress of Brick Icicles

Danny Choo is 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.
dannychoo_caves.jpg
This abandoned Russian fortress is probably one of the creepiest places I have seen. The reason for it to have such a strange look is because it was used later by Russian army to test the influence of Russian alternative to napalm inside of the brick houses. Due to very high temperature of napalm the bricks started melting just like ice melts in the spring forming the icicles, but those icicles are of red brick.
See more pics of this lovely but eerie fortress at EnglishRussia. Via Karapia.

Japanese V-Sign

Danny Choo is 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.
dannychoo_vsign.jpg

So why exactly do most Japanese folk do the V-sign when having their photos taken? According to Wikipedia, the earliest confirmed usage of the V-sign was by Winston Churchil during World War II - the V-sign meaning "Victory." The Japanese Wikipedia for the entry Peace Sign however says that there is a theory that the two fingers mean that two nuclear bombs where dropped on Japan meaning that peace is near...

During the 1972 Winter Olympics in Japan, skater Janet Lynn (who was also a peace activist) was photographed by the Japanese media doing the V-sign. Although the V-sign was already recognized in Japan, it was apparently these photos of Lynn that popularized the use of the V-sign.

The Japanese entry in Wikipedia does not mention Lynn at all and instead says that the V-sign took off in the 80's when usage of the V-sign was used when kids were having their photos taken.

A few more pics of Japanese folks doing the V-sign in my previous Japanese V Sign and Seijin Shiki articles.

Sushi Cake

Danny Choo is 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.
dannychoo_sushi_cake.jpg

Do you like your cake? Do you like your sushi? Well how about a sushi cake? These yummy cakes are available from Ryu Gu Jo Sushi Studio and cost between 57 USD and 74 USD depending on the fish used. And for those who are new to eating sushi, the tutorial below will tell you everything you need to know. How good is the sushi served up in your region?


Breaking suchi cake news from CScout

Tokyo By Night Photos

Danny Choo is 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.
dannychoo_gate.jpg Plucked a few photos from my Tokyo Photo Walk category and uploaded the original resolutions (containing EXIF Info and all) to my Flickr Wallpaper Pool. dannychoo_gate.jpg Photos taken with either the Lumix LX3 or Canon Kiss2 which I think is called the Rebel in the US?

A Years Worth Of Japanese Food

Danny Choo is 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.
dannychoo_japanese_food.jpg

For folks who are wondering what your diet would look like if you lived in Japan for a year. A collection of 365 photos taken during my brekkie, runch and dinner time in Japan - stuffed in the video below for your viewing pleasure. All photos taken from my weekly series A Week in Tokyo where I post loads of photos of my life and work in Tokyo which includes visiting embassies, hosting Internet related networking events and also my work in the anime, entertainment and internet field. The latest A Week in Tokyo write up is here.


If you can't see the video above for any reason then the low res is at YouTube.

Back to the subject of food, many Japanese folks who have visited the UK tell me that the food was horrible - I love the food back in the UK! Nothing beats some fresh chips n savaloy! Music in video used with permission from Beings.

Poll: Japanese food in your region tastes... -Great -Average -Pile o steaming camel poop

American Former Gay Pr0n Star Is Big In Japan

Danny Choo is 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.
dannychoo_billy.jpg
Billy Herrington (born July 14, 1969, Long Island, New York) is a bisexual American actor best known for his work in gay pornography. Herrington began his erotic career when a friend surreptitiously submitted his nude pictures to Playgirl magazine. The photographs won him a "Real Men of the Month" contest and a $500 prize. His appearance in the magazine caught the eye of famed photographer Jim French but it would be two years before Herrington would shoot his first Colt calendars for French. Soon after that he would be shooting hardcore gay pornography for All Worlds Video. Herrington became one of the more well-known gay porn stars of the late 1990s, even appearing on mainstream talk-show "Ricki Lake."
And why is Billy so immensely popular with the Japanese folks and why has he been made into a Japanese action figure too?
Herrington has also become an internet meme among the Japanese community after a clip from one of his videos 'Workout' was posted on Nico Nico Douga, a Japanese video sharing website. Over 3000 parody videos of him have been made, many of which utilizes deliberate mishearings of his lines in the porn flick. He is affectionately called "Big Brother" among the Nico Nico Douga community, and most of his videos are deliberately tagged with "Forest Fairy", "Philosophy" or both.
Photo taken last night where I provided the translations for Billy's first ever live internet broadcast in Japan - see more photos and videos from behind-the-scenes. An example of one of those parody videos below - you cant really see any dolphin waxing so it should be safe for work. Blockquotes from Wikipedia.

Reactions to Shootings and Stabbings

Danny Choo is 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.
dannychoo_boing_osaka.jpg

What would happen if you went around your local neighborhood pretending to shoot or stab somebody? Would they shoot you back with a real gun? Slap you in the face with the nearest wet dog?
Or just pretend to be shot or stabbed?

Watch how folks in the Japanese city of Osaka pretend to be shot/sliced by an imaginary gun/samurai sword by a complete stranger...


Photo from Osaka Photos.

Free Lodgings at McDonald's

Danny Choo is 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.



dannychoo_macdees1.jpg

Not only is McDonald's Japan a place for great health food, its also a great place to take a nap when you are plastered from a late nights work wrestling with your boss. There always seems to be folks sleeping in McDonald's over here.

dannychoo_macdees1.jpg

And what do folks do over here when they don't have a Mc Dees handy? They sleep *anywhere* and *everywhere*...

Poll: Do you find people sleeping out n about where you live?
-Always
-Sometimes
-Never

Larger photos in my previous McDonald's Japan article.