Immediately after AFA 2014, taking place at Jurong Regional Library is Culture Japan Night(CJ Night). Hosted by celebrity blogger and Director of Culture Japan, Danny Choo, CJ night is an event held yearly after AFA. This event is more of a gathering where you get a chance to learn a little more about the industry in Japan. More importantly, making new friends.
Having been following Danny’s blog since before the first AFA in 2008, I can say, he’s come a long way. From simply his blog color scheme being Orange that first caught my attention, to now a blog filled with many awesome information about Japan. In addition, he has been producing his very own line of dolls, the Smart Dolls. To be honest, I’d love to grab one of these dolls and bring them home during AFA. Though sadly, my wallet doesn’t agree with me.
Back to the event itself. It was a rather eye opening event. Not in terms of display, but the things Danny spoke about. Though lots of people brought their dolls and nendroids.
Even I brought Cherio with me.
A few quick highlights of what was mentioned at CJ night.
We start off with Danny giving us a brief, but rather detailed, summary of his life and progress of his business since the last CJ night in 2013.
One thing I really like about Danny, is how he tries to actually make friends with the crowd rather than just give a speech or talk.
He talked about how he had moved offices, about how some new members had join his team, some of the milestones and joys over the year. He also shared the hardships he had gone through as well as the risks he took to get to where he is today. To be honest, its really inspiring to hear him talk about how he made his passion into his career.
Some of the things he brought up during this year’s CJ night are also great news. Some not so great for my wallet XD.
First thing first, he’ll be going to various countries such as, but not only, Philippines for Toycon and Thailand for AFA Thailand. He would also be trying to get involved in fashion events as well. He also mentioned he will be back in Singapore in May for a huge popculture convention yet to be announced! Hurray!!
Mirai has also been doing government jobs as of late as well by appearing on travel maps for Japan and Malaysia. I really hope a Singapore version appears soon.
He’s also planning to grow his Smart Doll product line. Aiming to promote his Smart Doll as the next Global Brand Fashion Doll, such as Barbie, as well as going into the fashion industry. He’s also aiming to bring down production costs to bring down the retail prices! Cheers!
To top it up, he’s also looking at producing more apparels for not only the Smart Doll, but for humans as well. That’s right, both you and your doll can have matching clothes. He’s also thinking of producing other goods such as wallets ,waist pouches, shoes and spectacles.
Still in the making is the Smart Doll Guy. Though the final name for this series of male dolls is yet to be finalized, he announced that the first doll would be Eiji, a guy in the Mirai Millennium series.
He’s also hoping to produce character dolls for Yagami Light from Death Note and Snake from Metal Gear. I’m looking forward to these releases.
So how are we going to get our hands on these awesome stuff in the near future? Well, they’re gonna be up for grabs on a online store which is yet to be launched.
Well, that’s pretty most of the key highlights he mentioned. Though I have to say, his talks, aside from the large amount of good news, are actually very inspirational. Especially when he talks about how he got to where he is today. I’d strongly urge anyone who can take some time off to actually join the next CJ night.
For now I’ll leave you with some shots I got during the CJ night.