Danboard is the hugely popular cardboard box robot character from Yotsuba&! manga. The internet’s full of pictures of him, but some of the finest were shot by still life photographer Arielle Nadel, whose “365 Days of Danboard” project has come to Osaka’s Daimaru department store for a limited time.
The exhibition features Danboard(and sometimes friends) in many different locations and situations. Despite being almost featureless with a face made up of three basic shapes, Nadel has managed to put so much feeling into the pictures, posing Danboard to perfectly show fear, excitement and curiosity. Check out the photos on her flickr!
It doesn’t take a long time to stroll around the exhibition, and it added so much personality to the character so I’d definitely check it out! It’s on until October 20th, entry is free! There’s also a life sized Danboard photo-op at the end!
Address: Daimaru Shinsaibaishi – North Bldg. 14F. Open 10am – 8pm (last entry is 7.30pm)
There’s a small shop attached to the exhibition, selling various Danboard and Yotsuba items, and having been drawn into the cult of Danboard I bought myself the Revoltech Danboard Mini for around ¥1300. I really love the packaging for this thing!
My very own Danboard!
Even on this small version, the little switch on the side of his head lights the eyes up, that was a nice surprise! I’ve tried a bit of posing, nothing special so far but I’m looking to taking him out and about in Osaka. Yesterday we had some pretty terrible weather, so I spent most of the day holed up in the apartment, which gave me time to make a little stop motion movie 🙂