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

Hello Kitty’s hilariously meta YouTube debut is a hit with netizens, earns likes and subscribers

Sanrio’s star has turned to vlogging, and Japanese social media appreciates her blunt truths and eternal grade-schooler optimism.

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Lawson chicken nuggets have a new mild curry flavor, packed in adorable Eevee boxes!

Project Eevee teams up with convenience store Lawson to provide cute Pokémon packaging for the chain’s newest tasty chicken offerings.

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Animal Crossing’s Isabelle confirmed for Smash Brothers Ultimate, fan reactions confirmed loud

Tiny office puppy Isabelle is going to be brawling in the Smash Brothers’ line up! The only thing funnier is how fans reacted to the news.

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Japanese paralympic athlete plays emotive violin piece using her prosthetic arm as the bow【Video】

Paralympic swimmer and nurse Manami Ito has more talent up her sleeve – a prosthetic violinist’s bow. A perfect fit to play heart-rending melodies!

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Adorable cats from Japan impede drum practice, get our hearts drumming too【Video】

There are no rules that say a cat can’t play the drums, but these two definitely need a few more lessons before they go pro.

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Don’t let the cold seasons snuff out your style! Japan’s lady farmers get fresh new fashion line

Norastyle’s new leaflet has the fall and winter looks that all farming fashionistas will want to sport. Agriculture never looked so attractive!

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Turns out Kirby can fit perfectly into a Japanese washing machine【Video】

A Twitter user made this startling discovery when their mother tossed a beloved cushion into the laundry.

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Famous jeweler celebrates the everyday with a Tokyo convenience store limited exhibition

Jewelry chain Cartier hopes to make you value the ordinary by displaying their famous Juste en Clou line in the same way as cup ramen and magazines.

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Häagen-Dazs’ Matcha Azuki Kuromitsu Japonais ice cream blends green tea, red bean, black syrup

This classic confection makes for a great creamy treat with traditional aesthetics, and it’s coming soon to a 7-Eleven near you!

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Dragonball Z’s SSJ Vegeta fights mech suit girl in this epic episode-length stop motion【Video】

This DBZ fan took a Super Saiyan Vegeta figure and choreographed it through an awesome fist-smashing bout with Symphogear protagonist Hibiki.

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Eat Japanese cuisine like an epicure with the updated Ultimate NTO natto mixer from Takara Tomy

This natto mixer will let you mix to the max! It even has a special setting to recreate the recipes of a revered Japanese Rennaisance man.

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We treat ourselves to overnight 100-yen curlers from Daiso: are they worth looking this goofy?

SoraNews24 sends our thrifty reporter to test a set of sponge curlers, so he looks like an old-timey housewife. And that’s before he takes them out.

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Japan’s KFC chains fall behind on profits, needs to up the spices to meet the prices

The Colonel’s company can’t convince enough customers to cram their chops with chicken, and that has cold hard cash consequences.

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One Piece manga artist draws touching tribute to late creator of Chibi Maruko anime

The Internet wept as one at Eiichiro Oda’s beautiful fanart of Luffy sharing a feast with Momoko Sakura’s self-insert following her death this month.

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Can rhythm games make you a pro drummer? Japanese DrumMania fans investigate【Video】

In a recent viral video, gamers test their skills at the local recording studio. Is all of that hot-blooded tapping a step on the way to stardom?

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Fangirl your finances! 7-Eleven Bank’s new ATMs will greet you with sexy anime man voices

New 7-Eleven ATMs installed at select Animate locations will feature luscious anime pinup art and compelling lines from top-rate voice actors.

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Multiplayer horror game “Dead by Daylight” teases Japanese ghoul update, net freaks out

Behaviour Interactive‘s creepy trailer has Japanese fans screaming. Which stringy haired horror do YOU think is behind that screen door?
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We plump up our perms with a “Fairy Hair Curler” from the 100 yen store!

In-house reporter Go Hattori bravely takes the plunge to see if this cheap product will fluff his curls up or leave them a floppy, flat mess.

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Japanese space agency announces manned lunar craft, plans to start production in 2020

Starry-eyed space buffs rejoice! Japan is shooting for the moon (or at the very least will start preparations in two years).

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Gorgeous husky dog duo from Japan teaches us how to play cute, sleep cute, live cute

The Siberian husky couple Fils and Goo are a big hit online – they play rough with each other, but sleep in a cute cuddly heart!

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