Evie Nyan

Born and raised in the UK, Evie escaped to Tokyo as an exchange student six years ago. Since then, she has been a Co-ordinator for International Relations in Kyoto, a translator of electronic manuals in Osaka, and a video game translator in London. Her hobbies include scouring second hand software shops for unlocalised retro games, drinking umeshu, and napping under the kotatsu. Her dream is to open a combination English teashop/bookshop/cat cafe in Tokyo.

All Stories by Evie Nyan

Japanese men describe their ideal female body type【Video】

Spoiler alert: the words “small” and “skinny” come up A LOT.

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What do Japanese people think of “weeaboos”?【Video】

Weeaboos often get a bad rap for being out of touch with reality and over-idealising Japan. But what do ordinary Japanese people think of them?

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Mop up your spring sniffles with Rose of Versailles-themed tissues (plus, merchandise range)

Blowing your nose doesn’t have to be boring! Take advantage of the hayfever season and soak up the snot with these cute, shojo-manga-themed tissues.

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Five bewildering ways beauty is measured in Japan

How do you define beauty? If you live in Japan, the yardstick for doing so may look a little bit different…

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Our reporter wears the Boku Sera schoolgirl outfit, visits Harajuku, takes purikura

Fellas, want to know how to spend the perfect day as a high school girl in Japan? It involves selfies, food pics, purikura, shopping, crepes, and of course, the new spring Boku Sera sailor suit uniform!

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Party on the Seibu line! Rent a train car for your alumni buddies—beer included

All aboard the party train!

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Japanese people react to “But we’re speaking Japanese!” video, and it’s kind of stunning

What do ordinary Japanese people think of a viral video which depicts a situation wherein a Japanese person is unable to process foreigners’ fluent Japanese?

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Much-loved Japanese children’s characters come to life in horrific fashion at Street Fest

Won’t somebody please think of the children?!

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All the coolest Cosplay from the annual Nipponbashi Street Festival in Osaka!【Pics】

It’s Cosplay time as the Nipponbashi Street Festival hits Osaka (and Twitter) again this year!

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Dutch bunny fun as Miffy theme cafe in Tokyo is now open!

Beloved Dutch character Miffy’s themed cafe in Tokyo is now open, and satisfied fans have been sharing pictures of the food that looks every bit as adorably delicious as we’d hoped it would!

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Five awkward moments that prove you’ve finally nailed that whole “living in Japan” thing

Here are five awkward, bittersweet moments that’ll make you realise you’ve finally become a seasoned expat…

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La vie en ramen: our Japanese reporter slurps salty noodle soup in Paris

Our Japanese reporter eats Japanese ramen in a noodle bar in Paris – but how does it compare to his own country’s salty fare?

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Lactose-free fun for spring as Starbucks’ apricot honey soy cream lattes and Frappuccinos arrive

We try out Starbucks Japan’s two lactose-free drinks for spring, with their new revised soy milk formula!

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Candy-scented incense sticks smell sweet, probably taste like burning

Nostalgic Japanese candy meets fragrant incense for a scent-sational retro treat that won’t rot your teeth or split your pants, but might burn a hole in your rug…

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10 things foreigners in Japan notice about Japanese phone culture

Is Japanese smartphone culture really so different from other countries? Foreigners weigh in…

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Look cool at the pool with these new waterproof over-knee socks

Add some major socks appeal to your swim sessions with these waterproof over-the-knee socks available from wacky goods menagerie Village Vanguard!

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Be the bear: We skin our eight-foot-tall teddy bear and climb inside【Pics & Video】

What do you do with a giant teddy bear you accidentally ordered off the internet? How about climbing inside it and wearing it as a bear suit? 

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7 things Japanese people in international marriages wish they’d known before tying the knot

Is your Darling a Foreigner? Then you might want to read this list of seven things to think about before putting a ring on it.

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We try McDonald’s new Teriyaki Camembert Egg burger—does it taste like feet?

McDonald’s new “Camembert Teritama” burger has hit Japan, so our writers offered up their cast-iron stomachs for a taste test!

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Love Live! instant cameras and film help you capture the moment with cuteness

These adorable instant cameras and film come courtesy of a collaboration between Love Live! and convenience store chain 7-Eleven!

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