( forgot to proofread, not my native language/ do pardon) A few personal opinions that might help promote the Japans 2020 Olympics : First: The committee with the private sector businesses should take advantage of most of the Japan-theme conventions that are held abroad. Second: The Japan Tourism Agency could implement an agreement with the Japanese airlines that enables some sort of quota for cargo that can benefit the private Japanese businesses. This would enable fast track transportation, of promotional and informational merchandise with low costs. Third: most big conventions are held in big cities therefore have embassies and most of them have connections flights to Japan. This is one way for promoting the Olympics of 2020, and its culture to already fans and newcomers. Another consideration is that most Japanese culture-theme conventions will charge nothing to little to have Cool Japan enterprises participate and be part of the conventions. You can also play it as a package agreement ; encompassing all the agencies into one large booth (just if it works of course). This should enable the agencies to come in contact and promote the Olympics in a direct manner with the people that are already interested in Japans culture and the newbies of this great culture.
sooo... any plans on making these available for purchase? I'd love costumes for them!
I know! Every time there is a new post my wallet is getting thinner and thinner. May be I should pour some water and make it expand a little XD
Danny, you are an asshole to my wallet. I JUST ordered Eiji, but the tan guy due out march is BEAUTIFUL!
I hope my credit card recovers T.T
when it leaves the doll 1/6
Personal opinion: The committee with the private sector businesses should take advantage of most of the Japan-theme conventions that are held abroad. also the Japan Tourism Agency should have an agreement with the Japanese airlines that enables some sort of quota for cargo and transportation that can be beneficial for the private Japanese businesses. This would enable fast track transportation, of promotional and informational merchandise with low costs. Basically most big conventions are held in big cities therefore have embassies and most of them have connections flights to Japan. This is a great way for promoting the Olympics of 2020, and its culture to already fans and newcomers of this culture. I know it is easy to say than to implement but we must take in consideration that most Japanese culture-theme conventions will charge nothing to little to have them participate and be part of the conventions. You can also sell this as a package agreement encompassing all the agencies into one booth. This should enable the agencies to come in contact and promote the Olympics in a direct manner with the people that are already interested in Japans culture and, the newcomers of this great culture.
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Got mine of a UK seller on eBay preowned.
One of my favorite figures.
clean you suit!
it would be nice if you can make her mouth move.its a really good idea to do Danny.
i would want one that speaks and can move it's mouth. it would look more realalistic.
So awesome! I hope to see this become a thing! I would definately buy it~ I hope it wasn't (isn't) a joke X3
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I am just hoping for an update on the smart doll plus. I have always wanted a robot like this! I've wanted a small one, and I know that others want a larger size and that you are focused on developing that... but at the same time it is hard to tell from the pictures how far you are in your process. I want to have an idea of where you all are in the process, and what the ETA currently is. Thanks!
You have nice way to share your knowledge. Well organized and perfectly arranged thank you.
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It's really amazing idea about your smart doll.
I also noticed that you are trying to make it able to connect with IFTTT.
So I am wondering if you need some way to let the doll able to connect with the IPcamera for liveview.
(I mean with other cameras in the house instead of setting one in the doll's head)
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I am looking forward to talk with you in Tokyo!
zoo's are sad but they do a good job of educating kids and adults about what animals are out there and how big they can really get. i think the most important part is that the animals aren't alone in their pen. 3 or 4 of the same animal seems about right. pals to play all day with ^^;
how have they held up? its been almost 10 years!
...Her transformation is too fuwa fuwa~
bout the wheels...ya because of that simple fact, non-remove-able, I had to put them aside, for some kids using them(my mum gave them to sb for a moment) in dirt+coca cola...heh yet I enjoyed rolleblading back then, don't have a photo still...
Got the same exact color :D
Danny, I love this smart doll plus! When can I buy one??
I don't speak Japanese? What does it say?
I really love Chitose's character designs here , but I don't know if i'll buy her doll as I really don't like the mouth design I've seen so far. =/
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When converted to Australian dollars the doll itself is over $600 and the clothing is up to $184!
I think the dolls look great but for a non-robotic toy (btw why is it called a smart doll when there are no robotics/electronic versions for sale yet) don't you think the prices a a bit too high?
When your selling a t-shirt for a doll at a higher price than what I would pay for a t-shirt for myself to wear, there is something very WRONG with the the world.
When you begin mass production either in Japan or ffshore will prices drop and if so when. Will the price drops be significant do you predict?
At these prices your non-smart smart dolls are toys fr the rich only. I can't afford such prices as much as I love anime and your characters.
I've been torn apart between buying Mirai and Ivory for a while. I think that Ivory is SUPER gorgeous with her green eyes and red hair, but Mirai seems like she's got more of a character and personality built already. Ivory seems like the 'side choice' of Ebony, and I feel like she doesn't get much pictures and publicity like Mirai and the older models.
Can you describe Ivory's character to me? What she is, and the story behind her? I'd love to hear more about her. I also would like some advice on buying them, as if I've decided who to buy, I'd be a first time doll owner^^ Which one do you think will be better? Thank you in advance^^
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Australia does prawns and ham.
That`s me, OMG! But my Chest isnt that big, im a MAN. Nice Work ;)
Is Great i'm Otakus :) I'm loving :3
Where do we get those!? Nice!
Hi Danny Choo, how are things? are you available to talk in these days? Im a big fan of your work :)
Wow, I can imagine Mirai looking down at me. I wonder what will she do if she sees me...
عوار بطن و سهال
I'll be there tomorrow ! ٩(♡ε♡ )۶
You are the man, Danny. We need the 'Mirai'.
MIRAI STORE TOKYO - open Sun & Mon - opens again Jan 4th.
I mostly love staying home and watching anime or reading manga. Aside from this, I also like travel, languages, pâtisserie, bicycling, chocolate, music, cooking, sake, arts, literature, DJ'ing, technology and martial arts.
Even though I see scenes like this every day in NHK news, seeing the before and after photos together gives a much more complete view of the true extent of the damage. Seeing what has happened to beautiful Miyagi Prefecture makes me cry. (ToT) I will be going to Ishinomaki in 3 weeks to do some volunteer work before my up-coming business trip in Tokyo. I am very much looking forward to having to opportunity to contribute to the relief efforts directly. 頑張って未来へ向く事しかないね。
Ooooh! I was there last June! I had such a nice time!! It's really a very nice place. Only Danny would be allowed to take photos in there. Amazing.
What's even better is that I met the girl that is serving the omurice and parfait to you, Danny! I happened to be leaving at the same time as she was finishing her shift. I guess American customers are a little bit rare in there so she decided to talk to me for a minute. When she came up to me in Don Quixote, I almost didn't recognize her without her make-up and uniform!
I hope to go back there again some time. Moe-moe *kyun*!
Thank you! I will do my best!
Hey Danny. I just went back and re-read the "Pursue Your Passion" post after reading this one. When I first started reading your blog nearly 3 years ago, you were already working to deliver this message to us and making it stick. You would have no way of knowing this, but receiving this message from your dc.com posts played an important part in changing my path and getting me moving toward the exit of my comfort zone. Sure enough, I started lying to myself about my career about 11 years ago (long time, right!?). It turns out I'm not really all that interested in software engineering. What I'm passionate about is Japanese language and culture. As a software engineer, I make a *very* comfortable living and rarely find myself in want or need of anything material. I can't say the same for my soul, however, which is often starving.
About 2 years ago, I finally got serious about studying Japanese and although I often work 50 - 60 hours per week (sometimes much more) at the company where I work, I still manage to find between 1 and 5 hours *every* weekday for studying Nihongo (sometimes more than that on the weekends). This December I plan on passing the JLPT N3. Next year I will definitely take N2. I know that as a translator, editor, researcher, etc. I'll never make the same salary as I do in the software business, but I will certainly be happier following my passion, and I'll have many more opportunities to live and work in Japan with strong language skills at my fingertips (or... tongue-tip?). Perhaps new opportunities that I've never even considered will open up from there.
Part of what made it easier to lie to myself is the fact that I've only just begun to start taking steps to follow my dreams and I always thought of myself as "too old to start now." (You and I are the exact same age, Danny, literally-- in fact we have the exact same birthdate!) You were starting your own company in Japan 3 years ago and I was still hiding in my comfort zone here in Chicago. Like you said though, "it's going to happen anyway because that's me, so I may as well get started," I thought. Hopefully I'm on my way now.
Thanks as always for the inspiration, Danny! いつもありがとうございます。今後とも、よろしくお願いします。
Wow! I am very happy that I was able to provide some useful information! It's definitely the kind of place that rewards repeat-visitors since the area is so large and so full of beauty and hidden treasures. Please enjoy it again! ^_^
Aww! I wish I'd read this post earlier! I could have watched on Tokyo MX TV while I was in Japan (just came home the day before yesterday).
Oh man! Gorgeous cars! I wouldn't have any problem at all driving around in one of those cars; I would drive with confidence and a smile on my face. I wouldn't do it here in the U.S. though for it would surely be vandalised.
Mm. Wait, nevermind. It got removed. Oh wells!
Just in case someone happens to visit this post again in the future, take a look at part 2:
LOL! Classic Fam Guy right there. I'm sorry it was such a disturbing experience. ^^
I hope your visit to the Doctor went well!
Ooh! Let's talk about that! I would be grateful if you took a minute or two to share what you're getting from it. I think I need some help getting perspective on this one. I, personally, see two possible messages here--
FIRST is decidedly mocking non-Japanese Otaku culture in that westerners who are self-proclaimed "Otaku" truly believe that they are "becoming Japanese" without fully understanding the breadth and scope of Japanese culture (obviously it goes far beyond anime, manga and video games). I would accept this if I perceived that this message was delivered clearly and successfully (but I don't think it was).
The SECOND possible message is a more superficial one which is the stardom of foreign people in Japan. The local Akihabara folks take a secondary role as mere supporting actors to the "amazing" Kirsten Dunst with her power and influence from overseas. (Or perhaps this WAS the message, but in a satirical way?)
HAHAHAHA! dead last FTW!
I always HATED this song (especially that guitar-riff at the very beginning that get repeated during the song). Here is the original from 1980 by The Vapours:
My opinion-- this video is patronising and objectifies rather than celebrates Japanese culture (Otaku culture, actually, despite what the song suggests). Blech.
Eh... what sort of "cheese"...?
"took a photo of her" LMAO!! That's fantastic! Nicely played!
WOw!! I had to go back an look again! heh! With the curry and Mirai-chan's oppai in the foreground, it's hard to notice the Taj Mahal!
Me Too! Me Too! 未来ちゃんガンツ・ヴァージョンはめっちゃかっこいい！
WONDERFUL! Simply wonderful!
This never happens in Chicago because public transport vehicles are NOT comfortable. The only time I ever fell asleep on a train was on a commuter train traveling from a far suburb of Tokyo into Shinjuku station. It was so warm and comfortable in there and the trains dosn't shake, rattle and roll like the trains do here.
This is so exciting! We've all been waiting for a long time since Figma Mirai was first announced. The time is drawing nearer-- I can hardly wait!
Wow! So many taking/passing Levels 2 and 1! Well done!!! I took 4級 over the weekend. I wouldn't say that I destroyed it or killed it, but I am certain I passed it. Unfortunately the results are not sent out until February-- such a long time to wait! I will definitely be ready for 3級 next year.
If you check the international job offers in Japan, most of them specify JLPT Level 2.