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 brand Mintia produces specially formulated breath mints for mask-wearers

Free yourself from the mask musk with minty freshness!

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It’s too hard to sell Japanese people on romance dramas nowadays, says broadcasting president

According to BS Fuji’s top dog, there’s a reason why making romance dramas in Japan is an uphill battle.

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Pokémon brings out adorable baby line for a new generation of Pokémon Masters

Ensure your baby grows up with the same cute, colorful creatures you did!

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Gorgeous Japanese sakura and Mt. Fuji drinkware reacts to cold temperatures with beauty

You’ll be spellbound by the spreading springtime colors.

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We eat the gyoza dumpling-flavored Pizza Sand from Family Mart, savor its identity crisis【Taste Test】

So what does a gyoza dumpling-flavored pizza sandwich taste like? Time to find out.

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Design company to hold socially distanced night saunas where you can gaze at Tokyo Tower

Watch out, though: only a maximum of 84 people can take part in this luxury weekend activity.

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Japanese game developer reveals the rags-to-relevance tale behind his mobile JRPG

He allegedly had just 20,000 yen (US$188.87) left in savings when the game was released.

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New gachapon figures from Japan imagine a romance beyond bathroom boundaries

Well, for the little icons on the door signs, at the very least.

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Japanese Internet reacts in dismay to official Olympics Twitter quietly changing its header

Netizens claim that whoever runs the account is making a call on the fate of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

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Happy Virus-times! How has the pandemic affected Japan’s chocolate budget for Valentine’s Day?

COVID-19 has had a notable effect on how much we’re willing to fork out on Valentine’s chocolate.

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We test Nissin’s new longer-than-ever-before instant noodles to see how they measure up

Nissin claims these noodles are their longest ever, and we’re here to put that claim to the test.

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Survey ranks the most popular Japanese curry dishes during winter

We all love Japanese curry, but what’s the most popular way to serve it this season?

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Winner of NASA’s Mars residence design contest releases Japan’s first 3D-printed house prototypes

The announcement suggests you can print your own futuristic home sphere for the price of a car!

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Why are some people in Japan paying big money for an old cassette tape?

Cassettes are back in style in Japan in a big way, with new releases and people paying premiums for discontinued tapes.

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Track time in the most soothing way possible: with the ephemeral beauty of a cherry blossom

This breathtaking wristwatch has a sakura petal design that transforms as you watch it!

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Japanese Twitter barks with laughter over dogfood ad’s bizarre choice of photo

They should have used a shot from earlier in the dog feeding process.

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Japan’s Matsuya restaurant chain debuts Massaman Curry, we find it Thai-rrifically tasty

Matsuya is branching out beyond typical Japanese curries, and we couldn’t be happier!

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Resi Stay Nishiki hotel in Kyoto adds a special Maiko Hello Kitty room for tourists with taste

The room is fully kitted out with unique kimono-clad Kitty art.

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Morinaga Milk’s new cuddly commercial series shows snapshots of Japanese family warmth【Video】

Second installment of a 30-second ad series shows a father bonding with his baby…and some Morinaga Milk products, of course.

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NHK announces “substantial” fee reduction, Japanese Internet reacts with jeering

Most people wonder why they still bother charging any fee at all.

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