Or one stormtrooper, rather. Danny Choo is an anime-figurine-crazy, Asian net superstar who likes dancing publicly in stormtrooper armor. He threw a great little get-together at Cafe Fiat in tonight, with all sorts of people from the biggest blogs and social media companies in Japan. Got to:
- Put a bunch of names and faces with twitter handles. It's weird to have someone you've been talking to on the Internet suddenly turn into flesh and blood, that can respond to you in real time and talk in more than 140 characters. Hey, 1rick and kenleewrites!
- Meet a guy starting at Six Apart next month. He's going to be in our marketing department at SAKK, and was adorably happy to know someone working there.
- Chat a little with the stormtrooper himself
- Talk with a bunch of people really building value in spite of the crashing financial world. The web industry feels the crunch, too, but it seems to be the only place innovation can actually flourish with a down economy.
- Take home a fat stack of meishi that I now need to sit down and process…ugh
All in all, way fun times, and the guys at Fiat cut us a great deal on food and drink. Follow Danny Choo's blog if you want to know when the next one's happening, or email me and I'll let you know.
The man himself practicing his intro before the doors open. I had never heard of him before a week or two ago, but I didn't expect the British accent at all.
Plo Broggers + Top YouTubers. The presentation was short and sweet: basically, "I done got a whole lot of cool people together here. Look at how cool they are. Now go mingle!"
It was really a packed room.
The sheepishly-grinning guy is clutching a limited-edition Ironman figurine he won.
Busting a move. Should have used video instead, because this guy was at least as good as Danny at the whole booty-shaking-stormtrooper thing.
Um, yeah. This is how I roll. What? 1rick, Danny Choo, and yours truly.
This next week has two more cool events, for you bilingual Tokyo-based web hipsters (you know who you are…hell, I basically know who you all are at this point):
- Tokyo 2.0, a monthly webster meetup in Roppongi this Monday (2/10).
- The Tokyo Twestival, a worldwide Twitter meetup this Thursday (2/12).
I think I'll be missing out this week, due to an English lesson (+$$$ yay!) and snowboarding (-$$$ yay!) but hope to catch you all at another one!
Update: Thank-you letter from Danny: