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And so the trip comes to an end 🙁 But on our last day, we head to Gotanda to pay a visit to Culture Japan to pick up some new clothes and other bits and pieces for our Mirai Smartdoll. I then get all nostalgic and thank everyone for watching the J-Vlog and for sticking with me for the ride…yadda yadda yadda 🙂


Meeting Danny Choo!

For those of you who don’t know, apart from running this fine site, I also host and produce a TV show on community TV called It’s Japan, Man! I’ll provide the relevant links at the bottom. We were recently in Sydney covering SMASH! and were lucky enough to get some great interviews with a few of the special guests such as Japanese cosplayer Kaname, musical group Garnidelia and otaku world leader and comrade to everyone across the globe, Danny Choo!


Danny has been a huge source of inspiration to me and this site wouldn’t even exist in the first place. It was Danny’s own site that gave me the confidence and motivation to start japandaman.com and then a few years later to start the TV show It’s Japan, Man!

Here’s a few pics of me meeting Danny and exchanging business cards with him. Needless to say, this was a massive highlight for me. Not just for SMASH! but as a massive tick on my life highlight!

Here are those links for It’s Japan, Man! Hope you give us a follow, a Like, watch our videos or whatever way you choose to say hello and interact with us 🙂 Thanks!

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Good Smile Company Start Pre-orders For Mirai Suenaga Nendoroid

Well know maker of all things Nendoroid, Good Smile Company, have started taking pre-orders for the adorable Nendoroid based on Mirai Suenaga, lovable mascot of wildy popular Japanese pop culture blogger, Danny Choo. Danny Choo, for those in the dark, resides in Japan and blogs about Japanese pop culture, bringing Otaku culture to the rest of the world.

He is also invited to speak at various conferences around the globe inspiring like minded people with his talks and also with his Culture Japan show. If you don’t live in a part of the world that broadcasts Culture Japan, you can also catch it on Crunchyroll with an anime subscription, completely worth your money, it’s a great show.

So Mirai Chan is one of Danny’s mascots who features on Culture Japan and also on his teach yourself Japanese Moekana cards. Mirai also features as the main character on Mirai Millenium. She will be shipping with various facial expressions with her standard expression being designed by Nao Shirahane. The other facial expressions that you can interchange feature on the illustrations found on the aforementioned Moekana cards which has been brought to life by Ikkyuu.

As with most Nendoroids, she comes with accessories, easily some of the coolest we’ve seen packaged yet. First off, there’s a Japanese flag she can clasp, her pal Retrokyu, a Moekana card (Nendoroid sized) and a beyond cute Itasha car which shows off the artwork by Tasuku Iizuki on the bonnet. Mirai will start to ship in December 2012 and will retail for 4, 000 yen. If you want to lash out and snap one up, you can check out Hobby Search, JList and Otacute. You can also check out the Mirain Suenaga Nendoroid post on Culture Japan by clicking here.

The state of Expos in Australia :(

2 days off work means more reviews to come for my new buddies over at Otaku Fuel…I’d kill to be going to Anime Expo ’11 but once upon a time I wanted to go to Tokyo Game Show and that ended up happening last year 🙂 Thanks once again to Aussie Gamer for the press hookup so I’m guessing if I play my cards right, I’ll end up at Anime Expo sooner rather than later. We really are starved for these kinds of expos in Australia, I mean, sure we have Supanova, Armagedon and Manifest as the three big ones but the space they occupy is minute compared to what takes place overseas. I’m fairly certain those three expos are the only big ones unless I’m missing one? The point being that while these shows do draw big names from the entertainment world, I’d give my left nut for something more anime/manga/J-pop culture related with a bigger emphasis on cosplay…maybe Japandaman needs to do something about this. Get some sponsorship happening, pay for some big names to come Down Under and get some people dragging themselves to a proper big show with vendors peddling their wares, the whole works. Good Smile Company, Max Factory and then maybe even Japanese pop culture blogger himself, Danny Choo. I’m sure he’d love it down here and people would definitely come from interstate to see him judging by the amount of Australian visitors to his site. And if we’re going that path, maybe even have a Japanese car culture section where Itasha would be introduced to the masses. If you don’t know what itasha is or what it means, have a click here or here.

But I digress as EB or Electronics Boutique themselves are planning an expo themselves at the end of the year, which in lieu of going to TGS this year, may be a distinct possibility on the Gold Coast. Link here to the website for those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about.

Of course something of this undertaking would require massive planning and I’d be doing market research for a lonnnng time to make sure this thing had the best chance of success and I’d probably call it Japania or something like that 🙂 So who’s with me, does anyone want to see a massive event like this here? So instead of us flying overseas, which we’d still do, it’d be great to see international fans coming here for the expo!

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