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

Eat Japanese cuisine like an epicure with the updated Ultimate NTO natto mixer from Takara Tomy

This natto mixer will let you mix to the max! It even has a special setting to recreate the recipes of a revered Japanese Rennaisance man.

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We treat ourselves to overnight 100-yen curlers from Daiso: are they worth looking this goofy?

SoraNews24 sends our thrifty reporter to test a set of sponge curlers, so he looks like an old-timey housewife. And that’s before he takes them out.

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Japan’s KFC chains fall behind on profits, needs to up the spices to meet the prices

The Colonel’s company can’t convince enough customers to cram their chops with chicken, and that has cold hard cash consequences.

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One Piece manga artist draws touching tribute to late creator of Chibi Maruko anime

The Internet wept as one at Eiichiro Oda’s beautiful fanart of Luffy sharing a feast with Momoko Sakura’s self-insert following her death this month.

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Can rhythm games make you a pro drummer? Japanese DrumMania fans investigate【Video】

In a recent viral video, gamers test their skills at the local recording studio. Is all of that hot-blooded tapping a step on the way to stardom?

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Fangirl your finances! 7-Eleven Bank’s new ATMs will greet you with sexy anime man voices

New 7-Eleven ATMs installed at select Animate locations will feature luscious anime pinup art and compelling lines from top-rate voice actors.

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Multiplayer horror game “Dead by Daylight” teases Japanese ghoul update, net freaks out

Behaviour Interactive‘s creepy trailer has Japanese fans screaming. Which stringy haired horror do YOU think is behind that screen door?
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We plump up our perms with a “Fairy Hair Curler” from the 100 yen store!

In-house reporter Go Hattori bravely takes the plunge to see if this cheap product will fluff his curls up or leave them a floppy, flat mess.

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Japanese space agency announces manned lunar craft, plans to start production in 2020

Starry-eyed space buffs rejoice! Japan is shooting for the moon (or at the very least will start preparations in two years).

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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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