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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Japanese VTuber Usada Pekora’s new plum wine has a label drawn by Madoka’s character designer

Otaku across the generations can appreciate this plum wine, sourced from hundred-year-old plum trees!

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Demon Slayer inspires us to build an old-timey Japanese puzzle box of our own

If you need a project with an anime Taisho-period twist, try crafting your own puzzle box!

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This gachapon capsule machine dispenses real Akoya pearls, with certificates of authenticity

We sent a reporter to go gamble for a genuine gachapon gem.
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Animal Crossing: New Horizons joins Japanese fashion line Gelato Pique for cute, comfy PJs

You’ll be snug as a Nook in a rug with these adorable, fashionable collaboration items!

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Free yourself from noodle grime on your screen with the new Noodle Wall

It’s what we’ve all been waiting for — a way to watch our phone screen without clogging it up with noodle grease!

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McDonald’s Japan’s limited-edition pie pick-me-up: the Love Triangle Choco Pie【Taste Test】

McDonald’s Japan unveils this winter’s interestingly named limited-edition triangle pie.

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J-Pop superstar Koda Kumi’s new music video stars manga/anime cornerstone Urusei Yatsura【Video】

Two powerhouses of Japanese pop culture team up to fill Koda Kumi’s latest video with intergalactic 80s romance vibes!

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Japanese clothing chain offers an answer to job-hunting suit conundrum

Yofuku no Aoyama suggests a new suit service to suit job-seeking students.

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Japanese museum to hold “wonder” exhibit packed with marvelous curiosities from nature

Come to the Kadokawa Culture Museum to witness wonders like this guy’s big, blue face!

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30 percent of surveyed Japanese actors/voice actors admit to suicidal thoughts due to work

The results for the survey held by the Japan Actors Union have prompted the union to establish mental health services for their members.

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Japanese designer kickstarts glamorous, comfy roomwear fashioned after yukata worn at hot springs

This crowdfunding effort is for anyone who wants to recline at home in the luxury of a silky onsen yukata.

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Court verdict reached on Kyoto schoolgirl who sued bullies for causing her mental illness

Plaintiff sought damages of 90 million yen (US$863,433) from her tormentors and the school itself.

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Shibuya’s virtual Halloween celebration site goes live sans vital attraction, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

Authorities confirm the opening ceremony and live Kyary Pamyu Pamyu concert is delayed, but you can still enjoy lots of online entertainment.

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Terrific Tochigi! Japanese prefecture proves its beauty with scenery showcase【Video】

This jaw-dropping video will make you wonder how Tochigi Prefecture came in last in the prefectural popularity poll.

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Japanese stores stock stylish PlayStation home decor including lights, controller mugs and clocks

Turn your room into a Sony shrine with cute button-shaped lights and all manner of controller-shaped appliances!

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Japanese theatres welcome Thomas the Tank Engine’s newest train, a Japanese shinkansen, in 2021

Spring 2021 heralds the Japanese theatrical release of a Thomas movie starring a Japanese bullet train!

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We enjoy fast food without human contact by trying out KFC Japan’s new takeout lockers

Could this be the future of takeout?

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Coca-Cola debuts drinkable dashi delicacy for diners on the dash

Vending machine gourmands rejoice! Coca-Cola’s Go:Good line has a new meal you can buy in a can and gulp down.

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Pokémon anime will release its original soundtrack on CD for the first time in 10 years

The new Pokémon series may have the same original Japanese name, but it’s scored by a brand new composer.

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Japanese Komeito party suggests 20,000 yen (US$189) grant for graduating high school students

They argue that high school graduates and deferred students deserve a boost considering the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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