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

Transparent coffee! We taste-test Asahi’s Clear Latte, marvel at Japanese drinks wizardry

SoraNews24 tries the latest offering to clear beverages: Asahi’s Clear Latte. Will it clear our senses with delight or leave us hollow?

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Travel through Japanese festivals and tourist sites with this stunning 8K highlight reel 【Video】

You’ll want to watch this astounding video more than once to soak in all the beauty they’ve packed into two-and-a-half minutes.

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Daihatsune Miku? Virtual idol cruises real roads in her cool collab car design from Daihatsu

Compact car company Daihatsu joins forces with virtual singer Hatsune Miku to make a car design so cute it’ll stop traffic.

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Mos Burger fries up an unusual fusion with Tempura Rice Bowl Burgers

Ever wanted to combine the classic Japanese tempura rice bowl with a Western favorite, the burger? No? Too bad, because Mos Burger has done it for you.
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Aquarium workers in Kochi resort to tweeting “Please come so we can get our salaries!”

The twitter account of an aquarium is willing to stoop to some serious lows to get more patrons. Literally!

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Japanese netizens worry over structural stability of new “sparrow residential complex”

A Twitter photo of a modern nest neighborhood ruffles some feathers online.

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Woman makes Fate/Grand Order fan husband a beautiful present; boosts debuff resistance by 5%

The loving wife of a diehard mobile game fan recreated the gorgeous Rune Stones from the game, and shows us how to make our own too.
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Ready, set… woomy! Sanrio new character collaboration poll starts, featuring Splatoon 2 and more

Hello Kitty’s home company is running its yearly poll to decide which out-of-company character will get their own event at the Puroland theme park.
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Reserve a spot at Michelin award-winning Waranokura for an unforgettable udon experience

Our Japanese reporter investigates the Michelin-recommended udon restaurant and nabs one of their precious thirty meals per day.
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New Sailor Moon figure turns your bedroom into an anime backdrop

Premium Bandai offers an easy way to lend your bedroom some ’90s shojo sparkle – just display their new mid-transformation figurine of Usagi Tsukino!

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“HOW much?!” Professor estimates appropriate salary for housewives, housewife actresses gasp

In a special press event, a Tokyo professor puts a price to the blood, sweat, and tears of Japanese wives and mothers.

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Nintendo’s newest president announced for when Kimishima steps down

Nintendo’s sixth president is confirmed to start his job in June, although Tatsumi Kimishima will stay on in an assisting role.  Read More

Family Mart’s Instagramable Galactica Grape and Fantasy Peach frappes warp into stores

Family Mart’s newest drink campaign shoots for the moon and promises a rainbow of dreamy starshine flavors.

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Japan’s steamy ‘10,000 Kisses’ ad has viewers blushing from cuteness, intense embarrassment【Vid】

Marriage agency Zexy thrills Japanese viewers with a makeout montage both moving and mortifying.

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Paranormal activity sensed at a Twitter user’s local arcade…and Kirby is the cause?!

A trick of the light has Japanese social media checking every crane game for evil apparitions.

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Who killed Hello Kitty…?! Sanrio’s Puroland wreaks gory havoc with zombies, ghoulish cuisine

The newest instalment of Sanrio’s yearly horror night has a special twist, and covering your eyes won’t help you!

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