Eli Pang

Raised in the sunny outskirts of Los Angeles, Eli Pang is a writer who goes wherever the weather is temperate and the food (as well as boba) is good. As an enthusiastic traveler, she has journeyed to over 15 countries but after studying abroad in Japan twice, had her heart decidedly taken by the island nation. When she's not writing, Eli enjoys spending her waking hours at karaoke singing Yoshi Ikuzo classics, attending the midnight showing at local cinemas, and following up on the latest Takarazuka Revue shows.

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Tokyo ramen shop owner sets “Japanese only” rule as countermeasure against coronavirus

Japanese netizens were more than ready to dunk on his logic. 

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Get your Insta on with pop-up bar’s sakura pool and sakura-flavored sake【Photos】

This pop-up puts the extra in extraordinary. 

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Wage hell — Japanese office worker reveals soul-crushing past paycheck for 171 hours of overtime

No matter the era, it never feels like you can make enough.

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Treat yo self with new bath powder that makes your tub smell like a bowl of oden

Why take a trip to the convenience store when you’ve got the tools for self-love right at home?

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Young and elderly alike can satisfy their feline frenzy with this $180 cat robot companion

Cat got our wallets?

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Video of New Yorker assaulting mask-wearing Asian woman rattles Japanese Twitter, debate ensues

A shocking incident caught on camera upsets and stirs Japanese netizens.

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Japanese comedian’s fan tribute to Lizzo also celebrates recent wedding announcement【Video】

You can’t break out the champagne without breaking out a homage to one of America’s most dynamic rap stars.

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Outrage sparks as investigation on burned Shuri Castle is closed with no conclusive results

Many can only speculate as to what happened to Okinawa’s beloved castle.

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New multi-use park facility in the heart of Shibuya set to open in June 2020

A change of scenery in one of Tokyo’s busiest districts.

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Bill approving “Space Force” military branch moves forward in Japan’s parliament

Japan comes closer to establishing their own Space Force, but no plans for mecha in sight so far.

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Inedible but squeezable: Disney announces Tsum Tsum sakura mochi line

A sign of the spring days to come with Disney’s newest line of Tsum Tsum toys.

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New study shows wildlife thriving in areas evacuated after Fukushima nuclear meltdown【Video】

As we reach almost a decade since the tragic incident which displaced over 100,000 individuals, Mother Nature makes her comeback.

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Manga about yakuza-turned-househusband gets live action commercial and we want more【Video】

Nothing’s cooking but some good ol’ yakuza fun.

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We spill the tea on Starbucks’ newest hojicha cream Frappuccino and latte【Taste test】

Nothing but our hones-tea when it comes to reviewing Starbucks’ latest creations.

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Kick off the Year of the Rat with hanky resembling a hamster sleeping in sawdust

Another addition to your list of “things I want, but I’m broke from the holidays.”

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Wholesome reporter seeks nostalgic fukubukuro experience, gets huge haul of anime goods instead

Despite kicking off the new year with a plethora of anime merch, something felt amiss for our Japanese-language reporter’s fukubukuro experience.

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Neuroscientist furthers research on brain and visual cognition with his love for Pokémon【Video】

Never again let your parents tell you nothing good happens from playing video games.

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Japanese burger chain launches an explosive combo: the spicy ramen burger!

A fiery crossover that will sear itself into your memory and taste buds!

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Foreign comedian Atsugiri Jason’s hot take on Japan’s apology culture has netizens abuzz

This time he really means “WHY JAPANESE PEOPLE?!”

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Talented Japanese railway worker gives commuters serendipitous surprise on station piano

This railway worker is pulling more than just heart strings!

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