Katie Pask

Originally from the UK, Katie Pask has been living in Oita prefecture since 2009. Nursery teacher by day and secret pop star by night, Katie spends most of her free time either performing on a stage or belting it out at karaoke. Despite enjoying travelling to new places and trying new things, she is still determined to find the perfect plate of fish and chips in Japan. (if you have any recommendations, hit her up on the links below. She’s willing to travel.)

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We visit the Paris branch of Muji in search for some minimalist products only found in France

Parisian branch of Muji is perfect blend of European and Japanese tastes.

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Gorgeous Pokémon sculpture made from beer bottles and crystal candy

Creative YouTuber also makes Pokémon that actually charge phones, act as speakers, and more.

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We hunt for Dom Pérignon in these wine fukubukuro lucky bag boxes from Kaldi

No matter what comes out of the lucky boxes, it’s sure to be a wine-derful day!

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More people travelling in Japan for the New Year’s holiday than last year, survey says

Less people want to spend the New Year’s holiday at home, according to the survey.

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Get huge discounts on Japanese hotels… provided you’re a space alien (or claim to be one)

Say “I’m an alien” when you check in to get cheaper rates!

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Who made the tastiest gyoza in 2021? We decide on our favourite pot stickers

Check out our definitive guide to the best gyoza 2021 had to offer — just make sure you’re not hungry first!

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Japanese YouTuber proves that it’s possible to be beautiful and have a long tongue at the same time.

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Okinawan soul fool Pork Tamago Onigiri sold not at a five-star restaurant, but at an airport

So good, it might be worth travelling to an airport for!

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Kubipan Soccer — the hot new sport set to sweep the nation… maybe

We play soccer with our pants up to our necks and battle some childhood demons along the way.

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Kyoto’s most famous confectionary in a chewy form – we try Yatsuhashi gummy candy

Want to get your yatsuhashi fix but live too far away from Kyoto? We’ve got the answer for you!

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We tried all seven of Muji’s new “Bento of the Day” boxed lunch sets

Can boxed lunches stay minimalist and delicious at the same time?

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Onesie for gamers comes with ‘toilet mode’, has Japanese Twitter in stitches

The product claims to help users via “amazingly speedy butt release and butt cleanup“, which pretty much says it all.

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Model Nana Suzuki declared ‘The Best Gyozanist 2021’, Mr. Sato and the gang robbed

The ceremony even included a gyoza cooking battle between models, because of course it did.

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Transparent soy sauce is a thing — we saw it, we tried it, we’re confused by it

Our resident soy sauce fanatic gives it a try and breaks her brain in the process.

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We go on a whirlwind tour of Asia’s night markets without stepping foot on a plane

We sample the tastiest street food from around Asia without leaving Japan!

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Ikea Japan offering fully furnished apartment to rent for less than a dollar a month

The apartment, which comes complete with Ikea furniture, is being leased by a giant shark.

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“How I learned to stop worrying and eat Japanese school lunches,” by P.K. Sanjun

A touching tale in which our brave reporter overcame his daily battle with school lunches.

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Lineup for end of year Kohaku Song Battle 2021 revealed

The New Years’ television special announced the cast for this year’s battle.
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Only 30 percent of Japanese drivers stop for pedestrians at crosswalks, survey says

Although the results are an improvement on previous years, a worrying number of drivers aren’t stopping at pedestrian crossings.

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Eight new Pokémon manhole covers featuring Vulpix spawn in snowy Hokkaido Prefecture

Some legendary Pokémon make their Pokéfuta debut as well.

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