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

Treat yourself to a luxury coffee made from a rare bean harvest at Lawson Japan

Ever wanted to sip a rare coffee blend, made of beans from 100-year old trees in Panama? Lawson is here to help!

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We make eco-friendly instant noodles from the water in Tokyo Bay

You never know when you might need to make yakisoba with raw water, so why not learn how?
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Fake idol neural network company explains its goals: “Humans and AIs creating together”

They aren’t just creating armies of fictional smiling girls for the fun of it!
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4-year old wows Twitter with perfect pixel portrayals of Pretty Cure anime magical girls

The future looks bright for this budding artist, who made over 50 of the core PreCure cast out of acrylic beads.

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Absolutely adorable Twitter video shows Japanese toddler topple over, get comforted by puppies

You know what they say…when you get knocked down, get right back up again, unless you’re being besieged by adorable puppy dogs.
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New “barefaced” potato chips hit Japanese shelves, boast zero salt and customizing potential

Ever wished you could get a little less flavor on your chip? Wish no more; now you can experience them as nature intended, lightly fried in oil.

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Shiseido Japan’s same-sex kiss ad wins gold in Epica advertising awards

The artistic commercial secured a Grand Prix win as well as a gold award for the film category.

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Mickey Mouse kisses a Japanese fan for so long she falls backwards【Video】

Mickey Mouse was caught on camera giving a die-hard Disney fan such an intense smooch that she toppled backwards!

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Coming of Age Day costumer turns our 40-year-old reporter into a glammed up, garish Yankee【Pics】

For the first time, our dedicated reporter on Kitakyushu’s most pompadour-packed procession gets to dress just like one of the revelers in question.
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Korean illustrator brings My Neighbor Totoro scene alive with a Starbucks cup, markers【Video】

This talented artist uses white paint, markers and a scoring knife to turn a Starbucks cup into a famous Ghibli anime scene!

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Japan reacts to latest Monster Hunter movie promo images: “Why is Alice from Resident Evil here?”

The latest snaps of Tony Jaa and Milla Jovovich in their Monster Hunter guises have drawn a mixed set of reactions from the Japanese net.

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New Japanese bath salts smell like outer space if outer space was juicy, fruity and sweet

Ever wanted to bathe in the Milky Way? These new bath salts will have you smelling like stardust in no time!
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Body part-shocking device is here to stop Japan from nodding off at the wheel, work, or school

Ever find yourself getting drowsy in public? Zap yourself back into productivity with this handy gadget.

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Viral net artist responsible for realistic Pokémon hired for Detective Pikachu designs【Pictures】

We thought we’d seen that Charizard somewhere before…

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Author breaks down economics of anime, tells us exactly what Sailor Moon’s house is worth

How much are these classic anime families earning to afford their family households?

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Japan’s Best Slide Girls: Japanese poll ranks anime’s best lovelorn heroines, gives us hope too                

Just because they didn’t land the protagonist’s affections doesn’t mean they aren’t beloved by fans.

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Fukuoka’s new voting campaign urges voters to flex their electoral rights, get buff【Videos】

Let’s pump that iron so we can put our whole body and soul into the polls!

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Which American-inspired Japanese McDonald’s sandwich stacks up? We munch all four to find out!

The Texas and Idaho burgers and McMuffins have hit branches across Japan, and we send our man on the ground to tear into them.

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Plastic model fan turns to explosives to make Gundam battle scars extra-realistic【Video】

If you can’t spend hours meticulously painting the blast damage onto your figure, just wrap it in bombs.

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Japanese Lego genius rigs up a working machine gun made of plastic blocks【Video】

The possibilities are limitless when it comes to Lego, and that’s why you can make a functional machine gun out of it.

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