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

We get our first peep at Seiri-chan, the Japanese movie all about a menstrual flow mascot

“She comes once a month,” promises the new trailer’s ominous opening line.
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Japan’s greatest papercraft artist tackles popsicle boxes, makes an icy cool superhero

Garigari-kun, engage!

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Anime’s rudest little boy, Crayon Shin-chan, helps pledge support for hardworking moms

Kasukabe station’s anime ad campaign is hitting close to home for many Japanese mothers.

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We all float down here, Kitty… Sanrio’s It movie collab is more cute than creepy

Crouch too close to the sewer, and you might catch a glimpse of red…oh, it’s just her ribbon.
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Miniature Japanese ryokan room captivates all our hearts with its teeny tiny perfection

A Twitter artist fashioned a super small hotel scene next to a plug socket, and we can’t stop staring at it.

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You’ll need a healthy dose of imagination for these Japanese window food samples

“Oh look honey, they have…fish? In block form? And miso soup! Also in block form!”

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Adorable Sanrio hats come with moving ears that will keep you comfy, cozy, cute

What’s cuter than a Hello Kitty hat? A Hello Kitty hat with twitchy ears!

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Japanese staircase fanatic finds beautiful spot that looks like a real-world M.C. Escher painting

Who knew you could cram that many stairs into one place in reality?

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Japanese Twitter in roaring dispute over father who refuses to meet daughter’s tattooed boyfriend

“This is the regret that comes from getting tattooed,” says the father.

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Cool housewarming bonus: free Japanese katanas, potentially carved by a master craftsman

This handyman got an incredible bonus in the new house he purchased – three katanas! They may be worth much more than you would expect…

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Seoul Cafe’s mint chocolate shaved ice is unlike any other shaved ice around【Photos】

This innovative dessert has all the cooling power of a regular shaved ice, but with a funky mint chocolate twist and a presentation upgrade.

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Japanese Twitter user reminisces about the tobacco box that led to her being born

A tiny twist of fate can have big repercussions – this woman owes her life to her grandfather’s metal cigarette box.

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Make your cat cute enough to eat with Japan’s cozy new crepe omelet cat bed

This snuggly sweet wrap will keep your kitty comfy and looks so sugary sweet you might need to brush your teeth after looking at it.

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Dream Note? Japanese Twitter user convinced to stop logging dreams after nightmarish encounter

This Twitter user had to reevaluate a harmless dream journal after it crossed into the waking world.

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Foy foy foy! Harry Potter’s official Japanese LINE stickers are incredibly bizarre

We had no idea that Malfoy’s name was so memeable in Japanese.

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Obsessed stalker tries to mark object of his affection by mixing body fluids into her lotion

As far as nightmare scenarios go, this is probably number one.

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Anime fans rank the top 10 voice actors who get female fans fired up: Is your fave on the list?

Fans across Japan voted in the Anime Grand Prix 2019 to vindicate their very favorite voice actors. Let’s see who they picked!

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Huge anime character balloon terrifies all it encounters, gives viewers a literal tongue lashing

This is a balloon you won’t want to let your children anywhere near.

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Nintendo answers questions on VR, 5G and staying behind the trends: “Our priority is entertainment”

Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa and company legend Shigeru Miyamoto addressed some hot topics regarding their future in virtual reality, and blamed extensive research for delays.
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New couple builds a promising life together with 3D-printed plastic model wedding favors

What better way to ensure your guests remember your big day than by giving them a tiny plastic model set of you and your spouse?

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