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

You have cat to be kitten us with these totally OTT kitty T-shirts!【Pics】

Check out these pawsitively epic kitty shirts available on Ameowzon Japan! (Uh, we mean Amazon. Amazon Japan.)

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Here’s what Japanese people think of Hollywood’s recent “whitewashing”【Video】

What do Japanese people think of Caucasian—not Asian—actors being cast in Hollywood adaptations of Japanese anime?

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Japanese people react to “weeaboo cringe videos” on YouTube【Video】

Even when they’re at their cringiest, do Japanese people give hardcore Japanophiles a free pass?

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Pet iguana mistakes fruit-patterned plate for tasty treat, with adorable results【Pics】

Iguanas make great pets. They’re scaly, chilled-out, and they can be SO CUTE! Don’t believe us? Check out this derpy iguana blissfully licking at an empty, fruit-patterned plate.

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Baked fresh to your specs in just one minute: 800 Degrees Pizza opens first store in Japan

Neapolitan-style pizza comes to Shinjuku, with fully customisable pies baked from raw to crisp perfection in only one minute using wood-burning ovens.

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Bears over flowers: The RocketNews24 giant bear takes an Ueno Park swan boat for a spin

“I’m the king of the world, on a boat like Leo/If you’re on the shore, then you’re sho’ not me-oh.” – Sangelica

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Japanese women describe their personal ideal height and weight【Video】

What would Japanese women like to change about their own bodies in terms of height and weight?

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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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