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

Eat like a big kid at this Kyoto cafe with their “Kids’ Special” just for grownups!

Want to eat like a big kid, only with more grace and style? This restaurant in Kyoto offers a “Kids’ Special – for Adults”! Naturally we had to go and scoff—er, try—it for ourselves…

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“Book of Lovely Meat” has tasty cuts, cute girls for your red-blooded needs

Love cute anime girls? Love a tasty steak? This new book combines both into one glossy package of drool-worthy art!

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LINE sticker creator Kanahei’s cute characters come to life in theme cafe

Have you heard of Japanese illustrator and social media sticker creator Kanahei yet? She’s behind one of the most popular sticker collections on the LINE app, and now her cute critters are set to adorn dishes in their very own theme cafe in Tokyo!

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Five life-altering mistakes foreigners make when living in Japan

Beyond silly mistakes like wearing toilet slippers on tatami or forgetting to add “san” to someone’s name, what other things do foreigners unknowingly do to reduce their chances of living happily in Japan?

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The Force doesn’t awaken amongst cats, despite Yoda’s best efforts【Video】

Our favourite family of Munchkin cats (and a dog!) do battle with a motorised duelling Yoda in this adorable video!

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Artist creates epic customised steampunk mecha for Sylvanian Family bunny

An amazing scale model artist has created a rideable steampunk mecha for a Sylvanian Family doll, out of… a tub of chewing gum?!

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Seasonal rescue bus service rolled out for snoozy passengers who miss their train station

Drunken revellers, rejoice! This festive season you can snooze past your train stop all you like—the rescue bus has got you covered!

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Japan’s netizens react angrily to foreign pick-up coach’s “guide to getting laid in Japan”

A self-styled pick-up coach active throughout Asia has released a series of YouTube videos showing his attempts to “pick up” Japanese women.

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Can’t stop snoring? Maybe you should blame your “throat penis”

Our reporter recently got his uvula lasered off to attempt to cure his chronic snoring. Did it work?

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We pig out on tonkatsu at Marugo, the Michelin-approved breaded pork palace【Taste Test】

Our reporters made pigs of themselves at Marugo, a pork cutlet restaurant featured in the 2016 Tokyo Michelin Guide.

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American reporter visits Ramen Jiro for super salty ramen, Japan’s netizens love his reaction

When a reporter for popular social news site BuzzFeed ate at Ramen Jiro recently, Japan’s netizens had plenty to say about it!

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The top 10 hardest Japanese words to pronounce – which ones trip you up?【Video】

In terms of pronunciation Japanese is surprisingly easy to get to grips with, but some words can be real tongue-tanglers! Here are 10 of the worst!

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Is your girlfriend a cat, dog, gorilla or penguin type? Take this Twitter comic test to find out!

According to Twitter in Japan, there are four main “personality types” when it comes to girlfriends: cat, dog, gorilla or penguin. Say what?!

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Three reasons why it’s okay to be a girly girl in Japan

Want to wear Hello Kitty accessories and still be taken seriously? In Japan you can. Here’s why.

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Driving up the Miyagi coastline, four years after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami

I recently visited several areas of the Miyagi coastline decimated by the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. This is what I saw.

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RocketNews24’s six top tips for learning Japanese

Love Japan? Want to learn Japanese? Check out RocketNews24’s six fundamental top tips for learning Japanese!

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Our Japanese reporter tries to escape the crowds by heading to… a Tokyo desert??

Did you know that Tokyo has its very own desert? Our reporter went to check it out…

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These girls ain’t loyal: Lies ladies tell according to Japan’s Twitter users both male and female

In Japan, a recent trending Twitter hashtag, #don’tbelievegirlswhentheysay has people talking.  Do any of these sound familiar to you?

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The RN24 Giant Bear Incident: Eight-foot-tall teddy twins appear in our office, steal our hearts

Working at RocketNews24 sort of desensitizes you to craziness, but even we were surprised when we found out our two new coworkers are gigantic eight-foot-tall teddy bears. Things just got weirder as we heard the story of how they found their way to our office, but hey, it’s not like we mind having two new cuddly heartthrobs to share our workspace with!

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9 ways Tokyo could become more foreigner-friendly in time for the 2020 Olympics

Despite Japan’s relative safety, abundance of delicious foodfascinating culture, and friendly people, the country still lags behind as a tourist destination for foreign travellers. So the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games are the perfect opportunity for Japan to show off its famed omotenashi hospitality to the droves of foreign visitors who’ll be pouring into Tokyo to spectate.

As foreigners who’ve been living in Japan for a while, we think we might have some pretty good ideas about certain things Japan could do in order to make things a little easier on this influx of foreign guests

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