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

Dine at Akihabara’s Dorami and get all-you-can-eat mapo tofu, plus delicious dumplings and more

Our Japanese-language reporter follows a hot tip to a mouth-searing offer he can’t refuse.

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Curry restaurants across Japan create social media movement: “Don’t blame the curry!”

After a shocking curry-related bullying incident, chefs took to social media to clear curry’s good name.
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Japanese Internet thanks the “Underground Temple” that siphoned off Typhoon Hagibis’ torrent

Users rush to post and gush over photos of the waterlogged caverns beneath Japan’s Metropolitan Area.

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Elderly Japanese couple’s cute restaurant anecdote brings smiles and “d’aww”s to the table

A cute Twitter observation shows that romance is like fine wine – it gets better with age.

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Japanese snack package craft artist holds first Tokyo exhibition in Ikebukuro, offers autographs

Make sure to guzzle your fill of snacks beforehand, because these sculptures are mouthwatering.
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Devilman Crybaby director to helm new 2020 Netflix anime series: “Japan Sinks 2020”

The series will comprise of 10 episodes based on the classic Japanese sci-fi novel.

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Mark your territory with these mega cute Japanese name stamps, starring 15 playful dog breeds

What you really need is a small, vibrant image of a dog to tie your personal seal together.

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Our favorite Japanese snack craft artisan goes pro, with a Cup Noodle astronaut

The snack-package-sculpting genius of this Twitter sensation finally caught the eye of a snack PR department.

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Mr. Sato snags deals in Forever 21’s closing sale, accidentally cosplays Japanese comedy god

Mr. Sato’s final grab bag outfit at Forever 21 cost less than 5,000 yen.

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A case of culture shock: Japanese summer vacation isn’t much of a vacation at all

Our Japanese-language reporter had his world turned upside down when his German wife commented on his childhood memories.

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KFC’s dating sim cooks up fingerlickin’ Colonel Sanders romance, but the recipe feels off【Review】

While the presentation sizzles like a chicken wing fresh from the fryer, the content is a creamy, cold mash with no gravy.

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World’s first official store dedicated to anime icon Doraemon will open in Tokyo for 2019

Japan’s most beloved robot cat will set up an Anywhere Door to cute merchandise right in Odaiba, Tokyo.

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New service from Japanese site BountyHunter offers paid positions to rat out shoplifters

When there’s someone strange lifting your store’s goods, who you gonna call? Bounty Hunter!
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Japanese Internet is hypnotized by kitten hypnotizing itself with its tail【Video】

Purrhaps you are feeling sleepy? How about nyow?

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Village Vanguard’s new ouija satchel lets you talk to a Shinto spirit while you shop

Want to contact a trickster spirit while on the go? Now you can, thanks to Village Vanguard!

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We score an exclusive interview with viral Twitter star Otodo-chan, Kochi Aquarium’s scary mascot

Otodo-chan has been racking up likes and re-tweets for her impassioned PR pleas, seal-ing her fate as one of Japan’s top mascots!
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We head out to Kyoto to eat a delicious crepe crammed with fermented soybeans, rice【Taste Test】

Why hadn’t we thought to stick natto and rice into warm fluffy crepe layers before now?!
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Japanese chain Mister Donut crowdsources to pick ‘n choose name for a Pokémon collaboration donut

The collaboration is due for November, but you have to hurry to get your suggestions in.

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“You are the dream” — Keisuke Honda lifts Cambodia’s soccer team’s spirits after loss

Japanese Internet users commend their national soccer star for words of encouragement during a bitter moment.

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Japanese cafe pro’s drink glow-up has netizens aching to drink it, starts “Instagramics” debate

The Twitter post about Unomachi Cafe’s cream soda has people hotly debating this ice cold delight.

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