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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Mr. Pringles, as Japan knows him, will change face and even emote on future packaging

How will Japan react to this update on a classic marketing mascot?

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Coco’s gets into Japanese summer spirit with amazing kakigori shaved ice desserts!【Taste test】

We try two of the decadent desserts offered at Coco’s Restaurant for the season.

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Lawson Japan serves up carbs on carbs with their new French Fry Bread

Finally, a competitor for yakisoba bread has arrived.

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Pork or beef? A peek into how Japan’s curry preferences change from place to place

What’s the default meat for Japanese curry? Turns out, it depends where you are!

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Pick a beautiful blossom from Shinjuku Station’s limited-time flower vending machine

This ephemeral vending machine lets you buy a floral gift right in the heart of the Japanese capital.

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Japanese bag maker to sell bag specifically for carrying around a watermelon

Designed to perfectly fit that watermelon that you are obviously trying to carry around everywhere.

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Shibuya unveils two new local ramen dishes themed after famously loyal local dog Hachiko

And just in time for Ramen Day!

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Checking in on randoseru school bags and the changing tastes of Japanese kids

The standard of plain backpacks, red for girls and black for boys, is starting to evolve.

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We adopted a furry, cuddly, tailed cat cushion to keep us company at home

We ride Japan’s latest virtual pet sensation: a cushion with a moving tail.

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Japanese basketball star Rui Hachimura joins with Nissin to make his own Cup Noodle ramen

Hachimura said “I want you to make a product for me” and Nissin was happy to oblige.

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We munch on some real-life Slime dumplings from the Dragon Quest Walk collaboration

One of Japan’s most popular app games takes on a classic sweetshop staple.

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New Licca-chan doll from Japan has unnervingly rapid hair growth

There’s a reason some people might be hesitant to give this doll to their daughters..

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Latest design for gorgeous stylized Japanese Coca-Cola cans spotlights Tohoku festivals

You’ll want to grab this pretty commemorative Coke can if you’re in northern Japan.

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Newest Tamagotchi product is shaped like a smart watch that you can feed, evolve and chat with

You can wear the latest virtual pet on your wrist!

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What do you think of Muji’s new sustainable cutlery cover?

Now you can carry cutlery wherever you like with a small, sustainable silicone wrap.

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Anti-selfie tech? Japanese government pleads with cellphone carriers to curb inappropriate photos

Officials are eager to stop young people from sending salacious images.

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Crowdfunding opens on Japanese version of a gadget that makes any canned beer easier to drink

Turn even the cheapest convenience store beer into a classy little beer cup with this device!

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Pokémon’s legendary 2020 net profits prove it’s the very best, like no other franchise ever was

Despite perilous fumbles and mighty rivals in recent years, Pokémon marches along Victory Road: 2020 was its most successful sales year on record.

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This casual restaurant in Yokohama will serve you a tasty “two-color” tray at the crack of dawn

We follow a Japanese taxi driver’s recommendation and find a delicious eatery that’s easy on the eyes and the wallet.

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Japanese government plans removal of around 2,485 miles’ worth of overhead power lines

The move is intended to minimize damage during natural disasters, but is it too little too late?

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