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

Caravan company offers discount during coronavirus, despite social distancing recommendations

Now you can get some real social distance by… working from home with other people?

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Japanese cat does a perfectly graceful acrobatic flip to escape from the perilous shower room【Video】

That we could all so effortlessly swoop away from our problems!

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Japanese hospital worker tweets about receiving temporary 100,000 yen bonus for economic reasons

This bonus comes with a special set of conditions: you must prove you used up the entire amount by April 30, or it’s null and void.

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Ingenius method of getting Japanese kids to practice hand-washing earns a stamp of approval

Any parents in Japan fretting about their kids’ hand hygiene will want to buy one of these cute stamps.

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We try on the Japanese kimono you can put on in 29 seconds, see if it lives up to the hype

Let it not be said that SoraNews24’s reporters don’t push the limits of speedy kimono suit-ups.

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Block off your desk with adorable animal road blocks, as seen in Japan’s road construction

In today’s installment of incredibly niche gachapon capsule toys, we coo over these very cute teeny-tiny barricades.

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Japanese Twitter is in peels of laughter over this ghastly, grinning potato【Video】

That starchy smile will haunt us forever, especially after all these incredible edits.

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It’s a-me, a Lego! Nintendo and Lego to collaborate on a new project【Video】

Lego’s Twitter announcement shows Mario being built out of little blocks instead of bashing them to get coins.

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Mr. Sato tried an unbranded lunchbox meal courtesy of Muji, found it to be just plain delicious

Muji started selling lunchbox meals while we weren’t looking, so we sent our resident gourmand Mr. Sato off to try one.

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Japanese pork cutlet chain unveils its latest fusion food: cornflake chicken katsu bowls!

Katsuya has a crunchy cereal chicken coating for when breadcrumbs just won’t cut it.

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We order all four burgers from McDonald’s Japan’s Big Mac line and compare their…sizes

The Big Mac Jr., the classic Big Mac, the Grand Big Mac and the Giga Big Mac are like a happy Big Mac family made of meat and buns.

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Daiso will help you warp your reflection with a psychedelic infinity mirror for under five bucks!

Japan’s economical provider of weird products does it again, with a battery powered infinity mirror light. Who doesn’t need one of those?

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Uniqlo and GU announce they will now charge for shopping bags in a new, eco-friendly initiative

Japan’s most beloved cheap and cheerful fashion brands are taking another step to reduce damage to the planet.

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Japanese graphic designer finds his wife’s old notebook doodles, wows the Internet with their quality

The pages are filled with intricate etchings of everything from talk-show guests to Shadow of the Colossus to Coraline.

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Our cat-loving reporter decided that this year, for Japan’s Cat Day, she’d become a jellicle cat

A makeup studio augmented all her feline facial features until she could pass for Bombalurina!

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IOC member says decisions on Tokyo Olympics must be made by late May due to coronavirus fears

Postponing Games due to coronavirus is not an easy option, official says.

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Japanese sesame oil brand heats up their PR with love drama starring hot, fragrant, oily boys

Our lovestruck heroine is caught between two gorgeous men whose sweat smells exactly like Kadoya’s sesame oil.

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New cat café Neko Tapi in Kyoto combines bubble tea with beautiful cats!

Sit, sip, and be soothed by tabby cats and tapioca tea.

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Tokyo bento shop famous for jumbo orders offers a meaty sausage lunch for under 1,000 yen

The Internet is still reeling from the amount of oblong meat products they’ve crammed into a single lunch box.

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Cruise Tokyo in comfort for free with Suumo’s cozy taxis, hang out with their fluffy mascot

There are only three of these adorable verdant vehicles out on the streets — flag one down if you get the chance!

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