Katy Kelly

Katy has been enamored with Japan since she was a kid in Cheshire, England watching Digimon on old VHS tapes. Later, when she got into the Japanese independent music scene, she discovered it was so hard to learn anything about her favorite bands in English that she may as well start studying Japanese. After a year abroad at university in Tokyo she decided to return and work in the Kansai area, where she achieved minor superstardom amongst elementary and middle school students for knowing how to draw Crayon Shin-chan when prompted. In her free time, Katy can be found at home, tracking down the latest chocolate mint additions to stores and studying Japanese while her enormous tuxedo cat tries to smother her. She also does part-time translation for her own benefit, which mostly means researching the minutiae of mobile games or reading manga before anyone can spoil them for her. http://moonlitemuseum.tumblr.com

All Stories by Katy Kelly

We ride Bridgestone’s new TB1e electric bike over 80 miles in Japan, barely wear down the battery

Even Bridgestone themselves were stunned at how much juice our Japanese-language reporter got out of this bike.

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Newest, final short in the Gundam vs. Hello Kitty Project has Amuro and Kitty join forces【Video】

We also see exactly how Hello Kitty would attack if she were a Gundam: very, very cutely.

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McDonald’s Japan’s cute Sanrio toy has a dis-ass-terous misprint

A dog doesn’t need two of those! No matter how cute they are!

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Universal Studios Japan’s Super Nintendo World preview shows fans busting moves, mystery block

Electropop outfit Galantis and pop singer Charli XCX made a Mario-influenced bop to promote USJ’s latest land!

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Pretty or practical? Japanese supermarket sparks conversation about shelf stacking styles

Seiyu might be setting a precedent with their easily stackable product tubs.

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Tear up the stage and the 2020 Tokyo Marathon with kabuki-inspired ASICS sneakers

Japanese shoe company ASICS brings the theatrical flair with their commemorative 2020 Tokyo Marathon line.

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Neighbors berate Japanese homeowner for hanging up camo clothes where kids can see

This survival game hobbyist is wondering where else he’s supposed to hang his clothes to dry.

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How to get your kids to hate video games, according to Japanese Twitter

A Twitter user compiled these hints to make your kids loathe gaming — and includes a handy bonus moral for all ages.

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Heartstopping video shows narrowly averted car crash, absurdly slow driver【Video】

That’s not how you’re supposed to use the road, dang it!

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Japan’s Yodobashi Camera store celebrates New Year 2020 by rolling out a huge cardboard Gundam

Start 2020 out right, by picking up your Gundam Gunpla sets from a gigantic RX-75 Guntank.

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Happy New Year from NERV! We crack open the 2020 Evangelion fukubukuro lucky bag【Pics】

Plenty of fanservice awaits in this end-of-year Evangelion package, and we didn’t even have to queue for one.

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6 predictions: Which brand new Japanese anime will be the dark-horse hit of 2020?【Videos】

Here are our Japanese-language reporter Seiji’s top picks for the hottest new stars of the upcoming anime season!

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Japanese artist frets over “wasting” pencils for lead art: Twitter steps in with ardent praise

Careless comments caused an artist to work even harder, and Twitter has plenty of compliments for their awesome sculptures!

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Casual Jedi cosplay! Japanese fashion brand unveils Star Wars items just in time for new film

Tap into the Force of fashion with these intergalactic accessories.

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Japanese clothes retailer GU announces stylish, nostalgic PlayStation line, available now

Fashionable pieces feature the console’s logo, iconic controller button designs, and prints from flagship Sony games.

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TripAdvisor Japan announces the country’s 10 favorite shrines and temples

This shortlist was chosen by Japanese locals, but tourists from all countries can benefit from it!
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New kids sets at Mister Donut come with adorable finger puppets from Pokémon Sword and Shield

Eat at Mister Donut in Japan and Scorbunny yourself one of four cute monster toys!

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Japanese man’s son claps back to his lecture about too much YouTube time, starts media debate

You can count on kids to be brutally honest, especially when the honor of their favorite online videos is at stake.

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We are all Son Goku in this heartwarming, nostalgic Dragon Ball Z Kakarot commercial

Spike up your hair and ready your Kamehameha hands, it’s time to kick butt as Goku!

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All we want for Christmas is to stay in the new Mimaru Hotel Pokémon room, opening Dec 24

Five of the Mimaru Hotel establishments in Japan are going to unveil special Pokémon-styled rooms starting this December!

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