Danbo is a Japanese cardboard robot that originally appeared in the manga Yotsuba! in 2007.
first issued in April 2006. Yotsuba Koiwai’s friend Miura Hayasaka created the costume out of cardboard boxes as a science project, but 5-year-old Yotsuba is convinced it’s a real robot.
Danbo is seen as an icon of curious innocence.
The Japanese company Kaiyodo has produced since late 2007 various Danbo action figures which became an internet meme
Since then, photographers everywhere were inspired to make something really fun and even artistic with the Danbo.
In December 2007, Japanese toy maker Kaiyodo, known for manufacturing the toy known as Hentai Woody, began selling Danbo toys online.
As early as 2009, Flickr users began posting series of photos featuring Danbo in every day situations in the style of Photo-a-Day projects.
On Facebook, Danbo has several fan pages. As of April 2012, the top three pages have a combined 144,000 likes