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.

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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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Kewpie Mayo Cafe celebrates Mayonnaise Day with a month of mayo-hem, special menu

We visited the Kewpie Mayo Cafe on Mayonnaise Day, March 1, to sample some smooth and sophisticated mayo-drenched cuisine!

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The eyes have it — do Japanese girls’ makeup skills hinge on one essential feature?

Japanese makeup aficionados are all about the eyes, but do they really make such a big difference to your look? Let’s see what Twitter says!

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Thirsty buyer trolled by Japanese “mystery” vending machine, gets a liquid, but not one to drink

Man learns the dangers of playing vending machine Russian Roulette.

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Our reporters become Kiki and Lala Lolitas at transformation salon in Harajuku

We sent two of our Japanese writers to dress up in matching Kiki & Lala Little Twin Stars cosplay in Harajuku!

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Study suggests Japanese workers are deeply distrustful of their employers

A study found that workers in Japan distrust their employers significantly more than workers in the US, UK, Canada and Australia do. 

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DIY “waffle bowls” stuffed with ramen and lettuce are the hot new cooking trend in Japan

You can’t call yourself an epicure until you’ve eaten from an edible bowl created with ramen noodles and waffle batter. And thanks to this new device, you can make one at home!

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Survey suggests that almost 40 percent of Japanese men are reluctant to eat alone in public

Apparently, some Japanese men really don’t like to eat alone in public. But are they simply too shy, or is there something else going on?

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Remorseful schoolboy accidentally drowns 3DS, writes letter of apology to Nintendo

An eight-year-old boy who accidentally drowned his beloved Nintendo 3DS handheld console has written a heartfelt letter of apology to Nintendo customer service.

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Melt away your stress by observing these cool cats relaxing in hammocks

Hey guys, how’s it hanging? This cutesome twosome can’t get enough of their new kitty hammock!

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This needle felting artist is recreating people’s pet cats down to the last furry detail【Photos】

Fancy a purr-fect replica of your very own feline friend? This Japanese needle-felting artist recreates kitties in stunning, realistic detail to order.

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Mother’s note to son in the final bento of his high school life gives Twitter the feels

When this high-school kid opened up the last hand-made bento lunch of his high school life, he found a note from his mother with a sweet and surprising message…

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We chow down on new cheesecake ice cream bar made with real cream cheese

It’s cold and frosty in Tokyo! Perfect weather for taste-testing the newest frozen cheesecake ice cream bar!

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5 reasons why Japanese expats say “sayonara” to their homeland for good

Japan may be an awesome country, but for some Japanese people who’ve experienced life abroad, it’s just not for them anymore. Here are five reasons why.

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