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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We try Ajinomoto’s European Chicken Katsu Curry Style frozen gyoza that has no katsu in it

The popularity of katsu-less, “katsu curry” flavored food continues to rampage throughout Europe.

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Limited-time Tom and Jerry cafés are now open in Tokyo and Shinjuku to serve up cartoony cuisine

The American cartoon superstars serve up some limited-edition classic chow in two big Japanese cities.

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We attempt to solve the Millennium Puzzle from Yu-Gi-Oh! ourselves, gain new respect for Yugi

The fact it took the series protagonist less than a thousand years to solve this puzzle is a credit to his character.

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New upcycle project from Kyoto turns kimonos from the 1950s and ’60s into high-fashion dresses

These haute couture offerings breathe new life into classic Japanese print.

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Japanese gamers vote for most frustrating, spirit-crushing video game

What game is the Dark Souls of crushing a gamer’s will? Not Dark Souls, apparently.

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New Sailor Moon illumination event will bring Crystal Tokyo…or rather Crystal Kanagawa to life

Sagami Lake Resort will light up in all the colors of the Sailor Soldiers and provide plenty of pretty photo opportunities.

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Mr. Sato’s guide to easy-peasy no-bake chocolate mousse, courtesy of Kaldi import stores

Just mix the ingredients, chill, and enjoy!

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We try out a revolutionary product: long, looooong Japanese sandwich bread【Taste Test】

How are you supposed to eat Cookhouse’s Whirled-Up Sandwich Bread? The clue is in the name!

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How do European Cup Noodles taste to a Japanese palate?

A serious culinary deep dive for those who need their instant ramen to taste like Japanese instant ramen.

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We make a gorgeous wooden art display piece out of Hokusai’s Great Wave

Hokusai’s Great Wave has gone from woodblock to art sensation to a wooden art display piece.

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Enjoy Tokyo’s exclusive Starbucks Butterscotch Latte across Japan for a limited time

Now everyone has a chance to try out this buttery caramel flavor.

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Hollywood adaption of classic anime Saint Seiya wraps up filming, reveals cast

Acclaimed actor Mackenyu will wear the winged mantle of protagonist Pegasus Seiya.

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We tackle a titanic bowl of pork cutlet katsudon and (just about) live to tell the tale

When you begin to suspect that your bowl is a portal to the pork dimension…

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Nintendo superstar Kirby gorges on fast food for latest Japanese lottery prizes

Instead of chomping down enemies, Kirby’s tucking into burgers, dozing next to pizzas, and serving up coffee.

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Squish, pop, and roll your way through Tokyo’s new ginormous bubble-wrap play park

What’s better than popping bubble wrap? A whole room of oversized bubble wrap.

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How to make a sinfully decadent Apple Pie Bar pie out of Japanese grocery store stuff【SoraKitchen】

We create an apple pie inception that’s as ill-advised as it is appetizing.

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Japanese company makes a robot specifically to keep your cat entertained

The future is here for fun-deprived felines.

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Pocari Sweat offers free self-care packages for those battling COVID-19 at home

They will deliver 12 bottles of Pocari Sweat plus 36 sachets of frozen drinks.

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Our reporter breaks her Takarazuka virginity with an all-female performance of City Hunter

Battling first-timer nerves, we take a seat at the renowned Takarazuka theater.

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New luxury kuromitsu matcha frappe hits McDonald’s Japan’s McCafé for a limited time

Savor a syrupy signature Japanese flavor with this new frappe — before they’re all gone!

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