Danny Choo

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Danny Choo.

A short while ago Danny Choo announced on his website that he’d be holding an event at The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). Fortunately for me, my current placement at St Thomas’ coincided with the event for an easy journey on the tube to Russell Square from Westminster on Tuesday afternoon after a busy day in clinic.

It doesn’t take very long to come across Danny Choo’s site if you’re vaguely interested in Japan and it’s culture. Even if you’re not perhaps you’ve seen his brilliant Tokyo Stormtrooper videos?

I was daunted by the prospect of going by myself but figured I’d been following Danny’s website for a number of years now and couldn’t let the opportunity pass me by. Typically of me, I was running late and in a moment of panic was met with the confusion of the receptionist at Birkbeck University when I asked where the Danny Choo event was to be held. A security guard overheard and suggested I might have better luck heading to SOAS across the road. Oops! (I can be a complete dope sometimes.)

Danny Choo.

So I ran across the road with only minutes to spare until the talk was to start and spied a few people in a queue, so I asked again if this was the right place this time with a little more success. At this point I was pleasantly surprised to find Matt from The University of Sheffield Japan Society join the queue behind me. Apparently he’d known that I might be attending and wanted to surprise me. If that was his mission, he was successful.

It seemed that I’d made it in time and settled in to a seat near the front of the auditorium. The talk was fascinating, I’d already known that Danny was born in Hackney and he spoke about his passion for Japan and how it led him to a successful career turning his interests into a business. The fact that he was raised just up the road from me makes his story particularly resonate with me. Rather than document his story here it’s probably a lot more enjoyable to read it in his own words.

Danny Choo.

The highlight of the entire event for me was the social session, after breaking the ice by first speaking to a girl called Matilda studying Japanese at SOAS, I came to the realisation that this was a fantastic place to meet new people who all shared my interest in Japan and as the evening drew on I met some really lovely sweet people who’d travelled from all over the United Kingdom including; Hamilton, Kriss, Emily, Mamata, Sabina, Yik, Abigail and Katy amongst many others.

Danny Choo.

As the event drew to a close I regretted having missed the chance to speak to Danny personally as it was well past the proposed end of the night and the staff had started to turn the lights off but was surprised to see Danny who’d already spent the entire night meeting members of his website continue this on the stairs outside the building. I’m sure he was hungry, cold and very tired but he diligently spoke to everyone that queued patiently to speak to him, keeping a smile and expressing his thanks to everyone for coming. It was a real delight to find that Danny was just as lovely and funny as his online persona would have you believe. It was a real pleasure to meet him.

Danny Choo.

(Photos stolen from Danny’s write-up of the event!)

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  • It’s an interesting story)) Thank you…

    Denny also inspires me. I want to meet with him, when I’ll in Japan. This is a perfect example of how a foreigner was able to achieve what he had been given to represent the culture of Japan.




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