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

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Neco Republic’s latest venture: Cat fur-patterned “finger masks” with touchscreen capabilities

This cat cafe brand wants you to use the tender, firm touch of a cat’s paw to avoid germs.

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Our reporter eats the new “apple pie” flavor yakisoba noodles, so no one else has to

P.K. Sanjun bravely faces down notorious noodle company Peyoung’s latest concoction. Can yakisoba really taste like apple pie?

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Krispy Kreme Japan’s Halloween donuts are crammed with rich autumnal flavors【Taste Test】

Purple potatoes, pumpkins and caramels abound in Krispy Kreme’s tasty monster harvest.

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Twitter quacks with laughter at this hilariously angry duck berating a golden retriever【Video】

Any dog that thinks it can swipe a duck’s paddling pool is in for a honking great lecture.

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Over 500 karaoke boxes close due to Covid-19, dealing historic blow to the industry

Safety fears and an urge to social distance has rung a death knell for one of Japan’s most famous pastimes.

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World’s longest trailer shows former SMAP star play a transgender role in new film Midnight Swan

Japanese movie depicts the blossoming mother-daughter friendship between a transgender woman, played by SMAP‘s Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, and a neglected teenage girl.

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Tour our Japanese-language reporter’s apartment, a wonderland of 100-yen trinkets

The best things in life are priceless, but the most useful things tend to only cost about 100 yen (US$0.90).

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Meet Hololive’s brand new adorable VTubers, designed to win you over with English

Hololive English will be the first virtual YouTuber project to specifically target English-speaking countries, and it’s starting right away!

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Japanese government promises reduced teacher responsibilities, right to refuse club supervision

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology says that in three years teachers might get their holidays to themselves.

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Work from home in peace and quiet with Otegaroom, a tiny soundproof room for your apartment

Kid chatter interrupting your Zoom call? Struggling with work/life separation? Never fear, the Otegaroom is here!

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Uniqlo invites Demon Slayer back for another collaborative range of kickass anime apparel

Vibrant, stylish shirts starring Tanjiro and his comrades.

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We test out Uniqlo’s “new and improved” Airism mask for form, fashion, and function

Can Uniqlo’s new version of the light-weight summer mask beat its disappointing forebear?

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Yamagata prefecture to open “kimono retreat hotel” in 2021 based in historic renovated property

Area will offer great opportunities to learn about the local culture, as well as the wonderful world of kimono craftsmanship.

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Sport some subtle Sailor Moon summer looks with these sailor-style T-shirts from Premium Bandai

No need to go through a pastel transformation sequence to suit up like Usagi and friends!

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One Piece teams up with Japanese fashion brand mis zapatos for funky, fashionable bags

Sanji and Zoro’s stylish geta-clad feet take center stage on this quirky, super-cool line of satchels and rucksacks.

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Japanese taxi company offers service to visit family graves for those who can’t travel themselves

Send a taxi driver to your family’s resting place, but it costs extra to leave flowers.

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Tokyo Fire Department uses Animal Crossing to demonstrate disaster-proof home decorating【Video】

Earthquakes don’t exist in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, but we can use it to explain how to keep safe in real life!

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AI GAN project from Wuhan students turns photos or videos into gorgeous cinematic anime visuals

The AI-network can change any landscape into a sun-bleached breezy anime backdrop while retaining key details.

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Shape up to be the very best with collaborative sports gear from the Pokémon Center and Mizuno

Pikachu used Agility! Your SPEED went way up!

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Japanese social media reacts to Billie Eilish’s new animated, Ghibli-esque music video

The singer’s latest promotional video shows her walking through a mystical landscape, holding hands with trees, and being lifted into a sunrise.

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