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

Take our quality-tested Disney Sea cocktail tour: no time to lose when it comes to booze!

With Halloween just around the corner, it’s time to take a catalog of some of the finest seasonal cocktails available at Tokyo Disney Sea!

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Purify the hate of Internet jeers with Japanese temple’s first online ceremonial fire

Don’t worry if you can’t make it to your local temple! Now you can collect up all the online roasts you’ve received and cast them into this cyberfire.

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Japanese Twitter users answer: Are you a Coca Cola, Pepsi or Dr Pepper fanatic?

The battle of the beverages has spread from English-language twitter to the Japanese net! Which foreign fizz has the fiercest fans?
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14th richest man in Japan buys one of the world’s most pricey violins…to share with the world?

Billionaire Yusuke Maezawa has purchased a Stradivarius violin. His promise to send it around the globe has netizens humming, but not in a good way.

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With time and effort, a Japanese candy box becomes a ship sculpture worthy of its naval packaging

A Twitter user spent hours folding, cutting and painstakingly arranging strips of an Alfort chocolate biscuit box to create a stunning, seaworthy-seeming sculpture.

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Head to Tokyo or Nagoya to make your own custom Pokémon jewelry from 87 cute designs

Jeweler U-Treasure is joining forces with all your favorite pocket monsters so that you can brand them into cool accessories – by hand! Read More

Gorgeous cosplayer shifts between Disney, shonen anime and indie game guises【Photos】

Texan cosplayer UniqueSora has been wowing social media with perfect costumes of everything from American animation classics to ambitious anime icons.

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Sony patents new headset with motion-sickness alert features, fans cautiously optimistic

We all love the idea of immersing ourselves in a fantasy, but the dizziness and nausea is too much for some to handle. Can Sony’s new patent help?

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Sailor Moon teams up with trinket company to bring trend-setting treasures to fans, fashionistas

Sailor Moon’s anniversary goods continue: accessory maker Casselini brings us Moon Crystal Power-packed charms, clips and caps

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Japanese university graduate students solve 2,000 year mathematical problem

Keio University researchers have solved the problem of a pair of unique triangles with the same perimeter and area. Laymen remain confused!
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Hello Kitty’s hilariously meta YouTube debut is a hit with netizens, earns likes and subscribers

Sanrio’s star has turned to vlogging, and Japanese social media appreciates her blunt truths and eternal grade-schooler optimism.

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Lawson chicken nuggets have a new mild curry flavor, packed in adorable Eevee boxes!

Project Eevee teams up with convenience store Lawson to provide cute Pokémon packaging for the chain’s newest tasty chicken offerings.

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Animal Crossing’s Isabelle confirmed for Smash Brothers Ultimate, fan reactions confirmed loud

Tiny office puppy Isabelle is going to be brawling in the Smash Brothers’ line up! The only thing funnier is how fans reacted to the news.

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Japanese paralympic athlete plays emotive violin piece using her prosthetic arm as the bow【Video】

Paralympic swimmer and nurse Manami Ito has more talent up her sleeve – a prosthetic violinist’s bow. A perfect fit to play heart-rending melodies!

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Adorable cats from Japan impede drum practice, get our hearts drumming too【Video】

There are no rules that say a cat can’t play the drums, but these two definitely need a few more lessons before they go pro.

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Don’t let the cold seasons snuff out your style! Japan’s lady farmers get fresh new fashion line

Norastyle’s new leaflet has the fall and winter looks that all farming fashionistas will want to sport. Agriculture never looked so attractive!

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Turns out Kirby can fit perfectly into a Japanese washing machine【Video】

A Twitter user made this startling discovery when their mother tossed a beloved cushion into the laundry.

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Famous jeweler celebrates the everyday with a Tokyo convenience store limited exhibition

Jewelry chain Cartier hopes to make you value the ordinary by displaying their famous Juste en Clou line in the same way as cup ramen and magazines.

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Häagen-Dazs’ Matcha Azuki Kuromitsu Japonais ice cream blends green tea, red bean, black syrup

This classic confection makes for a great creamy treat with traditional aesthetics, and it’s coming soon to a 7-Eleven near you!

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Dragonball Z’s SSJ Vegeta fights mech suit girl in this epic episode-length stop motion【Video】

This DBZ fan took a Super Saiyan Vegeta figure and choreographed it through an awesome fist-smashing bout with Symphogear protagonist Hibiki.

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