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

All Stories by Katy Kelly

All we want for Christmas is to stay in the new Mimaru Hotel Pokémon room, opening Dec 24

Five of the Mimaru Hotel establishments in Japan are going to unveil special Pokémon-styled rooms starting this December!

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This captivating autumnal image looks like something out of a Japanese fairytale

Twitter is alight with delight over this stunning shot of a kimono-clad girl and her dainty deer friend.

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Press start, receive art: Japanese art gallery showcases bugged Nintendo screen canvases

Beautiful paintings of glitchy NES screens will star in Tokyo art gallery through December.
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Only 75 of this gigantic anniversary Moomin plush from Japan will be made: get your orders in!

Moomin fans will love this big, beautiful plush — and thanks to the Moomin series’ 75th anniversary, he could be yours!
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High schooler “forced” to quit school sues Kumamoto prefecture for a single yen

The boy’s case details intense, unpleasant customs at the school that made him too depressed to attend class.

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Japanese teacher’s advice for opinion essay writing stays with one student to this day

Sometimes it just takes the right kind of push to get the words flowing across the paper.
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These comfy pajama suits are for the gamers! Wrap up warm as you rack up points

The Damegi 4G series comes with a bunch of cushy features to keep your extremities toasty warm.

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Charming video saga shows baseball player Ichiro playing his own life…board game-style!【Videos】

These short, sweet videos have Japan’s recently retired baseball star play the (board) game of life while musing on his real lived experiences.

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New visual unveiled for Universal Studios Japan’s Nintendo World shows a pixel-perfect panorama

Look forward to real-life takes on Peach and Bowser’s castles, Mario Kart themed attractions and more!
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Japanese Twitter calls out crazy bottled water claims, gets us thinking about what we’re drinking

So you’re saying this water lasted how long? And it’s good until when?
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This whacky Japanese cat looks hilariously buff, adorably fluff【Video】

Meet Mamedaifuku, a feline whose freakishly human flexes put bodybuilders to shame.

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We revolutionize tapioca tea by making a savory hot pot dinner with both ingredients【SoraKitchen】

We tinker with the tapioca trend to make some scrumptious hotpot!

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Japanese kitty singalong is the purr-fect pick-me-up【Video】

Let’s all learn to sing and dance the Bento Box Song with this cute little cat!

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The nominees for Japan’s 2019 buzzwords are here, include “#KuToo”, “Cashless” and “Paprika”

The candidates for the top ten catchphrases that defined Reiwa’s first year are here! Who knew bubble tea could be a verb?

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New Starbucks dessert, Ichie Taguma x Dessert Chocolat Discovery, promises chocolatey decadence

A star Japanese chef who was trained in France helped to sculpt Starbucks’ latest artisanal cake experience.
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Oscar-winning animated film Spider-Verse sequel promises Japanese Spider-Man is “already designed”

And no, we aren’t talking about Peni Parker.

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Honda promotes street safety with tote bags resembling “a police officer hung on your shoulder”

The car manufacturer promotes safer streets with this snappy side-satchel for grade-school students.

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Japanese woman’s tip for fathers aims to help improve their relationships with their daughters

Worried by the prospect of growing distant from your daughter? According to this woman, there’s one main thing you have to keep in mind.

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Shibuya Halloween Throwback: When a Japanese woman’s costume was at the mercy of passersby【Pics】

We look back on a great solution to the problem of picking one costume: wear everyone’s old ones at once!

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Hot new landmark Shibuya Scramble Square offers a heart-stopping view of Tokyo

Twitter posts the highest highlight of Shibuya’s newest tourist spot: its vast and dizzying view.
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