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

Learn how to do Japanese New Year’s the right way and avoid bad luck

These six New Year’s taboos mean you’ll be doing a lot less cooking, fighting and random spending at the start of the year.

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Sexy Japanese 7-Eleven ATM anime boys return to enable Comiket spending

Winter Comiket shoppers were treated to a special opportunity: withdraw your cash from an attractive anime man van!

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Happy New Year! Japan ranks top spots to view the first sunrise of 2019

Japan decides which spots are the best places to catch the final dawn of the Heisei Era.

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Nintendo’s New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe ad blends fantasy and reality, scores a 1UP

With bright aesthetics and a feel-good remix of the classic theme, this commercial will have you leaping, twirling and climbing through the levels of your daily life!

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Twitter photographer captures Japanese newlyweds… and a glimpse of their possible future

There’s a poetic beauty to this shot that will make the couple want to revisit it decades down the line.

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The tragic tale of Maruo the Capybara: Zoo’s death announcement sounds like a harrowing drama

As sad as it is to lose any animal from their entourage, this zoo went above and beyond to mark this furry friend’s passing as a real tragedy.

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“He wore Uniqlo to meet me!” Japanese woman shares petty bad date story, Internet bites back

What was your worst first date experience? Presumably it was worth grumbling about more than this picky lady’s anecdote.

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Both forms of Sandshrew Pokémon to serve as Tottori’s prefectural ambassador

Not only can you catch ’em all in Tottori’s sand dunes, but the very cutest ones will welcome you to the prefecture!

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12/21 is Japan’s “Long Distance Lovers Day”: What makes it so hard to keep up long distance love?

Long distance romance can work with a bit of effort, but just what form does that effort take?

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Incredible PowerPoint recreation of Tokyo Station features over 2,000 digital objects

Anything can be a canvas, even a program meant for slideshow presentations; and this one comes to life like an anime!
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This soothing video shows a Japanese craft pro making an unbelievably realistic felt cat

Need a break? Need gift ideas? Let this beautiful video relax you while showing you the process of making a realistic felt cat torso.

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New 2.5-D Sailor Moon musical to be performed in New York, Washington【Video】

The glittery, galactic battles of Usagi and her friends will be performed live in the United States as a 2.5-D stage production!

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We talk to Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph 2 producer Clark Spencer about visuals, visions and voices

We send our best and brightest Disney otaku to interrogate the Disney producer on Japan’s new release, Ralph Breaks the Internet.

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New “Maple Smoked Bacon” Cup Noodle mixes Japanese noodles with “American” indulgence

Nissin Cup Noodle takes some inspiration from maple bacon and turns it into a tasty noodle experience.

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Freakish Twitter video shows phone walking on its own, no human attached

“Don’t walk with your phone! …Oh, your phone is…Walking anyway…Um…Carry on.”
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Sumo wrestlers are back to slap out autographs at a powerful tempo【Videos】

The hand-stamp assembly line is back in full force in these strangely soothing Twitter videos, featuring top-ranked sumo stars.

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Treat yourself to a luxury coffee made from a rare bean harvest at Lawson Japan

Ever wanted to sip a rare coffee blend, made of beans from 100-year old trees in Panama? Lawson is here to help!

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We make eco-friendly instant noodles from the water in Tokyo Bay

You never know when you might need to make yakisoba with raw water, so why not learn how?
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Fake idol neural network company explains its goals: “Humans and AIs creating together”

They aren’t just creating armies of fictional smiling girls for the fun of it!
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4-year old wows Twitter with perfect pixel portrayals of Pretty Cure anime magical girls

The future looks bright for this budding artist, who made over 50 of the core PreCure cast out of acrylic beads.

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