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

Gorgeous husky dog duo from Japan teaches us how to play cute, sleep cute, live cute

The Siberian husky couple Fils and Goo are a big hit online – they play rough with each other, but sleep in a cute cuddly heart!

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Comiket attendee finds a beautiful handmade anime bag, is surprised to discover its artist

Turns out there really is no limit to how long you can create labors of love for your favorite anime shows, especially if you helped in the Golden age!

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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe enjoys a shaved ice, Twitter buries him in a hashtag avalanche

Japanese netizens react to the PR photo with a variety of “helpful” advice hashtags, as well as some hashtags that aren’t very helpful at all.

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Japanese cat sleeps so hard it flattens its head, scores a cuteness critical hit

If you catnap too hard, your face will stick that way!

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Stretching the limits of Japanese budget belts with the Easy Stretch Belt from the 100 yen store

Our in-house 100 yen store guru snaps up a deal that eliminates the need to keep his belt buckled, and keeps his finances as secure as his pants.

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Starbucks Japan unveils its newest combo deal: three puddings, one cooler bag!

Buy the “Pudding-and-Bag” set and choose three tasty puddings, plus receive a re-usable storage bag to keep them nice and cool.

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We taste-test 7-Eleven’s new fusion cuisine: the Cheese Dak-galbi Burrito!

Our Japanese language reporter bites off a hefty chunk of the convenience store’s take on Mexican-Korean cuisine so we can bring you a spicy review.

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A blast from the Poképast! Original Pokémon figures from the ’90s get a re-release

Fans of fat Pikachu rejoice! The classic designs from the original Pokémon games star in this reprint of an old line. Gotta catch ’em all!

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Japanese mother shares her baby bed wisdom: you can use storage boxes!

If it’s good enough for your bedsheets, it’s good enough for your baby! Social media collectively wonders why they didn’t think of it first.
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Japan finally holds an eSports event for mobile app games: Champions of Fire Japan

Who will dominate Disney’s Tsum Tsum Land? Which YouTuber’s BanG Dreams will come true? Find out at the app game eSports tournament this August!

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Japanese journalist missing since 2015 appears in terrorist video: “Please send help immediately”

Journalist Jumpei Yasuda, missing for three years, was seen in a terrorist hostage video pleading for help, but under a different name and nationality.
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Sailor Moon yukata kimono line will keep you breezy and beautiful in the Japanese summer heat

As the temperatures climb, there’s just one team of glamorous superheroines who can save us from the summer heat. Moon Crystal Power Dress Up!

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Tokyo Pokémon Cafe has a new Tropical Sweets line, so we head back to try it for ourselves【Pics】

We took a tropical trip to the balmy shores of Nihonbashi, Tokyo to experience the local Poké-culture and taste the bright, beastly cuisine. Alola!

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Japanese hair stylist chops and snips a tiny doll’s hair to a chic new ‘do【Video】

This salon worker is renowned for trimming hair into stylish bobs and short styles, but his miniature doll makeover is something special!

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Man’s lottery success disintegrates in the wash, Japanese netizens commiserate

“Your one chance to win the jackpot slid down the drain?!” What would you do in this nightmare scenario?
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Locked and blocked! Japanese people don’t trust others on social media, survey finds

Japanese social media users are more wary about opening their hearts online compared to other countries — but why?

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Grumpy Man’s Guide to Tokyo Disney: A bitter ex-fan shares his side of the 35th anniversary gala

Can faith, trust, and a little bit of pixie dust rekindle P.K Sanjun’s love of Disney? Here’s his experience of the 35th anniversary festivities.
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Hello Kitty adds Japanese exorcism to her work repertoire, Twitter baffled and amused

Is there anything Kitty can’t do? She can spiritually purify your house or room with salt now, so tell your ghost stories without fear of retribution!
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“Hair Extension Bangs” from a 100-yen store: A bargain to beautify the bald and bereft

Our reporter heads to the discount store in hopes of glamming up his forehead, and shares the whole process in glorious GIF form.
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