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

Posted by Katy Kelly

Japanese transport group aims to set up public ropeway transit system by 2025

The group will continue to test their zip-line propelled capsule cars in Odawara City in Kanagawa.

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Tokyo store that only sells black shirts sheds light on why it’s opening mid-pandemic

We chat with the minds behind this specialty store about its unusually uniform niche and learn to appreciate the plain.

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Attention nagashi somen-iacs! This new Japanese gadget lets you enjoy flowing noodles solo

Takara Tomy’s new palm-sized gadget helps you enjoy flowing nagashi-somen noodles at a responsible social distance.

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Hello Kitty and her Sanrio pals are collaborating with a notoriously bloody horror anime series

Hello Kitty and her friends show up in the infamously cursed village of Hinamizawa to comfort the cast of Higurashi Naku Koro ni.

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Which other J-Pop stars will join former Arashi member Kazunari Ninomiya’s YouTube channel?

One of Japan’s pop princes has started his own channel, but he’s heavily implying that he’ll borrow a little help from some of his famous friends.

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Japanese manufacturing town hopes to boost tourism with iron-flaked ice cream

Enjoy the refreshing taste of Tsubame Sanjo’s metalworking factories!

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There’s still time to vote for your favorite Sanrio mascot character of 2021!

The preliminary rankings have been called, but it’s still anyone’s game. Who will be crowned the cutest critter in the Hello Kitty crop?

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TeamLab’s new interactive tea art installation dazzles Japan with reactive, rhythmic lights【Vid】

TeamLab’s Tea Time in the Soy Sauce Storehouse brings a whole new meaning to the term “tea light”.

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McDonald’s Japan’s new “Taste of Mommy” McShake brings a marvelously milky milkshake to the menu

Now you can enjoy the taste of Milky candy in a milk-tacular milkshake.

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The Internet reacts to Osaka governor’s comical COVID-19 countermeasure with stunned disbelief

Japanese netizens need a little more reassurance than a cardboard mask.

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Death of a Japanese man attacked by bear sparks conversation about what to do when facing off with one

Is there any way to avoid a grisly end?

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New crowdfunding project from Japan mixes COVID-19 comedy with a touch of Kyoto craftsmanship

Get ready to meet some art that’s simultaneously brand new and ages-old.

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Japan Sumo Association prepares a sakura-styled sumo screenshot game for your pleasure

Use your speedy fingers to unite a sumo wrestler with his sakura mochi!

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New traffic safety collaboration with Crocodile Who Dies in 100 Days sends mixed messages

Fans of the viral hit comic will notice a subtle and worrying detail in this well-intentioned project.

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Are 100 yen shop Daiso’s Japanese radish seeds worth your time? Let’s find out【Experiment】

Radical value from cheap radish sprouts?

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We use makeup from Japanese kids’ anime Tropical-Rouge! PreCure on our adult faces【Photos】

Will we look as glamorous as Cure Summer if we use the products in the show?

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New color-changing cat sand from Japan reaches crowdfunding goal

This cat sand changes color to tell you about what’s wrong with your cat’s waste!

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Coca-Cola’s new Coke ON subscription service makes Japanese vending machines more fun to use

For a monthly fee, collect a daily drink from any Coke ON eligible vending machine!

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Japanese students despair over the many, MANY ways you can describe a dead flower

Would a rose by any other name be as dead?

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Host club royalty Roland demonstrates his night-time routine, claims it’s not dissimilar to yours

Japan’s infamous host shows off his down-to-earth night-time regimen and his luxurious home.

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